Before Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas paid tribute to Generation Y singing the lyrics of Now Generation from their billboard chart topping album The E.N.D. released in 2009 which nearly perfectly depicted the impatient, technology dependent character and I-Gotta-Have-It-Now attitude of today’s younger generation, Generation X, as usual, had plenty of its own version during its prime.
One of the songs that stood out was the song popularized by the gorgeous Irish quartet The Corrs from their album Talk on Corners released in 1998. So Young, the song written by Sharon Corr, the band’s violinist and backup vocals, was a tribute to their parents whom the siblings considered “forever young”. The group, however, did not probably foresee that such a song would portray the life story of their very own generation.
The song’s lyrics “ We are chasing the moon. Just running wild and free. We are following through.Every dream, and every need” somehow characterized the stereotypical mindset of Generation Xers who were largely viewed as carefree, independent and learned individuals with an anything-goes-whatever-I-don’t-care attitude towards life in general.
Angst-ridden and subdued bordering on forgettable, Generation X was once believed to be a bunch of slackers and geeks who either kept to themselves playing videogames in their rooms or getting squashed in the mosh pit listening to the squeals of flannel and ripped jeans clad alternative bands who had their own youthful troubles to deal with.
Succeeding the hardworking Baby Boomers, Generation X was introduced to a life of self-reliance and independence due either to being products of two income households or rampant divorces prevalent in the 70’s. Consequently, Gen Xers developed a quiet approach towards self-development by thriving in their chosen fields and professional ventures almost unobtrusively. Hence, the creation of technological masterpieces such as Google and You Tube among other Gen X success stories produced by the former Pacman, Gameboy and Atari aficionados.
But there’s great news out there for the much celebrated “twentysomethings”.
According to a recent study conducted by the University of Michigan for Social Research funded by the National Science Foundation, Generation Xers who are now aged 30 – 50 years old have turned out to be the current leaders of government, business and community affairs among others. In addition, this group has also turned out to become generally responsible parents and committed family members.
The Atari and VHS generation has seemingly benefitted the most from the introduction of the internet to the proliferation of web based functions and activities primarily social networking and other forms of cyber communication which the group continues to utilize to enhance their relationship with their families and friends, surpassing what the previous generations before them had achieved.
According to the study, Generation X has become a quite resilient group which is not affected by the effects of the recent recession and other economic letdowns which the group has been able to manage so much better compared to the previous generations.
If you were one of the people who underestimated the capabilities of your then quiet and easygoing teenage neighbor who always went to school in acid washed denim and faded Nirvana and R.E.M. concert T-shirts, think again. He may have already conquered the world or better yet, he’s already the president of your community school’s PTA campaigning against child bullying and lobbying relentlessly for quality education for which you would totally, well almost, trade your Sunday NFL subscription for.
Way to go Gen X.
The Corrs So Young Wikipedia