Time to LET GO: 10 Gen X Trends That Have OUTLIVED Their Relevance and Should Be Retired

By Krystal Brown

Embracing the winds of change, it’s high time to bid farewell to these 10 Gen X trends that have lost their relevance and should gracefully make their exit from the cultural stage.

Challenging Work Environments

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Gen X individuals often come from a generation where having a job was valued above all else, leading them to accept less-than-ideal work conditions without complaint. Younger generations, however, prioritize a positive work environment and fair compensation. While Gen X may view this as over-privilege, it is reasonable to expect appropriate pay and a supportive workplace.

Excessive Social Media Sharing

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Dear Gen X Facebook users, while it’s great to stay connected, sharing every intimate detail of your life might not be necessary. Providing a play-by-play of your street’s activities and complaining about trivial matters may be less appealing to others. Oversharing on social media seems to be more prevalent among Gen X, who often showcase their family, friends, and job. It’s important to remember that validation shouldn’t solely depend on the number of likes received.

Criticizing Social Media

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Another trend that needs addressing is the tendency of some Gen X individuals to be hypocritical about social media. They may claim that “everyone is on their phones too much these days” while ironically posting the same sentiment on their Facebook accounts. The truth is, people from every generation are hooked on social media. It’s important for Gen X to reflect on their own habits before pointing fingers at others.

Disrespect towards Staff

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Being rude to service staff is a behavior that transcends generations, but it’s unfortunate that Gen X is still known for it. Recognizing the challenges faced by service industry workers and treating everyone with respect should be a priority. Younger generations often display a better appreciation for the difficulties faced by service professionals and understand that they deserve courtesy.

Reluctance to Trust Technology

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Gen X generally has a good understanding of technology but often approaches it with a certain level of skepticism. A notable example is their preference for their own sense of direction over relying on tools like Google Maps for navigation. It’s important to acknowledge that technology can continually improve and that embracing new advancements can enhance our lives.

Minimizing Mental Health Issues

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While the conversation around mental health has progressed positively in recent years, there is still work to be done. Gen X, like the previous Boomer generation, tends to downplay mental health issues by suggesting that simply putting on a smile can resolve them. It’s crucial to recognize that mental health challenges are complex and require more than just surface-level solutions.

Embracing Cynicism

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While skepticism can sometimes be healthy, excessive cynicism often makes life more difficult than necessary. Gen X individuals tend to make negative assumptions about people, which may not always be accurate. It’s important to approach life with a more open and optimistic mindset, as being overly judgmental can hinder personal growth and happiness.

Failure to Appreciate Their Advantages

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Boomers are often associated with having had an easier life due to factors like generous pensions and affordable housing markets. Unfortunately, Gen X sometimes falls into the trap of complaining about their own struggles while failing to acknowledge the privileges they enjoyed compared to subsequent generations. It’s important to cultivate gratitude and recognize the advantages one has had in life.

Perceiving Attitude in Today’s Youth

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The notion that “children have no respect these days” is a common refrain throughout history, perpetuated by every generation. Gen X is no exception to this pattern. However, it is important to recognize that today’s youth face their own unique challenges and are capable of being respectful and kind, just like previous generations.

Overemphasis on Mobile Games

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We all know someone from Gen X who has spent an excessive amount of time on mobile games like Candy Crush. While older Gen X individuals grew up before the gaming revolution of the mid-90s, it’s worth noting that there is a vast world of incredible console games they might be missing out on. 

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