Characteristics of Generation X

They are also called the “latch-key kids”. They grew up street-smart but also lonely and isolated. Most of them grew up with divorced or career-driven parents. The term Latch-Key came from the house key children wore around their neck, because they would go home from school to an empty house.
Major Characteristics
  • Very entrepreneurial.
  • Very individualistic.
  • Very much into labels and brand names.
  • Government and big business mean not much to them.
  • Want to save the community, not the world.
  • Feel misunderstood by other generations.
  • Cautious, skeptical, unimpressed with authority and self-reliant.
  • Raised in the transition phase of the digital age, most of them remember being in elementary school without computers and little of computers in middle school or high school.
  • They are willing to learn, explore the world and make an impact.
  • Have a tendency to commit to themselves rather than an organization or specific career. On average they make 7 career changes in their lifetime.
  •  Normally they don’t work for a company for life, unlike their previous generations.
  • Usually get married late in life.

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