Generation X a bunch of slackers? Not so, says new study
By Michelle Healy, USA TODAY, Oct. 24, 2011 Forget what you’ve heard about Generation X as a bunch of insecure, angst-ridden underachievers. Most of the once-nicknamed “slacker generation” are hardworking, family-oriented adults who lead “active, balanced and happy lives,” suggests a 20-year study of 4,000 Xers out today.
The notion that Gen X won’t do as well as their Baby Boomer parents and the World War II-era Greatest Generation “doesn’t seem to be the case,” says political scientist Jon Miller, director of the Longitudinal Study of American Youth at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. The study was funded by the National Science Foundation.
“We have moved from a mechanical to a more information-based economy, and most of (this generation) can survive and thrive in this kind of environment,” Miller says.
The Longitudinal Study of American Youth uses the generational grouping developed by social historians William Strauss and Neil Howe. In their 1991 book, Generations: The History of America’s Future, they define social generations as a collection of people “whose common location in history lends them a collective persona.”
Among the generations Strauss and Howe identify: Lost Generation 1883-1900 G.I. Generation 1901-1924 Silent Generation 1925-1942 Boom Generation 1943-1960 *13th Generation 1961-1981 Millennial Generation 1982-2000 New Silent Generation 2001-present
*Strauss and Howe’s book does not use the term Generation X, but instead the “13th Generation,” which refers to this group being the 13th generation in American history dating back to Benjamin Franklin.
About 84 million Americans were born in 1961-81. Now ages 30 to 50, they are the parents of today’s school-age children. Increasingly they lead the nation in government, business, education and social and cultural affairs, so “it’s important to understand their values, history, current challenges and future goals,” Miller says.
Survey participants (contacted yearly from 1987 through 2010) are now either 36 or 39 years old, the middle of Gen X. Instead of growing up disconnected and isolated, they are “active in their communities, mainly satisfied with their jobs, and able to balance work, family and leisure,” the report says.
In addition to using social networks, from book clubs to children’s sports clubs, this generation has turned to the Internet for group interaction and “tweeting, talking, posting and sending digital photos of their children,” Miller says. “Perhaps the most extensively wired (and now wireless) generation in American history,” members of Gen X stay “better in touch with their relatives and friends than their parents ever did.”
The struggling economy has hurt Gen X, Miller says, but “not devastated them. On the whole, it’s a pretty resilient group,” unafraid of extra work to get ahead. “Previous generations would have been hurt even worse by this recession.”
A study of 2,952 white-collar, college-educated Xers released in September from the non-profit Center for Work-Life Policy also highlighted the demographic’s resilience.
Findings on busy Gen X lifestyles: 70%: Spend 40 or more hours a week working and commuting. 68%: Are married, and 71% have minor children at home. 90%: Participated in at least one recreation or leisure activity a month. 33%: Are active members of a church or religious organization. 7.5: Average level of happiness on a scale in which 10 is very happy.
During the concert “Hello！Project 2016 WINTER ~DANCING！ SINGING！ EXCITING！~” held today at Nakano Sun Plaza, it has been announced there will be a new audition “Morning Musume。’16 Shinseiki Audition” (Shinseiki means New Century in English) for a 13th generation (13Ki in Japanese)!
There will be an official website later with more details but we already now the applicants have to be between 10 and 17 years old.
Here is another picture taken with all the leaders of Hello! Project groups and the 3 new members of ANGERME and Country Girls.
It was at about this time, on August 24th, one year ago: the promotion of the 13th and 14th generation KKS as well as Minegishi Minami at Tokyo Dome; the formation of the then-new team 4.
For Miichan it was a step back into the light, and into of a new role. For her fellow research students, having “run for so long without ever touching the ball”, it meant that they at long last had a team to call their own. A turning point and a new journey for all 16 of them.
Soon to follow was the shonichi of “Te wo Tsunaginagara”. They had all the energy in the world that night, and captured my heart and many others’.
They vowed to work hard to become the strongest team…
And 6 months later, they stood center-stage at Saitama Super Arena, claiming the #1 spot in Request Hour 2014, praised for their powerful theater performances.
Strongest or not, all I can say is that getting to know the 15 girls of the first Minegishi Team 4, over 7 months and 64+ stages of memories, was an unforgettable experience.
Though their time was brief, they made it count.
So to Umemoe and Nororinzu…
to Mogishima and Triple 彩…
to the Three Musketeers and Kabutomu Chu…
and to Captain Miichan…
Thank you for those wonderful two hundred and thirty four days.
And to everyone in Team 4, past and present, and the whole 48G, for the incredible year.
Here’s to more to come!
Happy anniversary Minegishi Team 4, we won’t forget you.
She’s in my game!! Thank you so much alfalfalegacy for making her for me. :D She will be the Generation 13 spouse (I’ve decided to add a generation in between the one I’m currently on and the former 12th generation).
That means the cat contest 02 cats will be for the 13th generation as well, instead of the 12th.