9 Things That Define Generation X (Besides Being ‘Between’)

Gen Xers are wedged in between the baby boomers and millennials, but they're certainly not wallflowers, especially when it comes to defending their kids.

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I was born right on the cusp of Generation X, defined by the Center for Generational Kinetics as those born from 1965 to 1976. Many of us born in that generation — wedged between the better known and larger groups of baby boomers and millennials — typically returned home from school to empty houses while Mom and Dad were working. (Also, Gen Xers were more likely than any preceding generation to have divorced parents.) We relied on ourselves to decide what to watch on TV, did the household chores, decided when to do homework and were basically left to our own devices.

That common experience is among factors leading to certain distinct characteristics among Gen Xers — or so the thinking goes. Check out these traits that experts associate with Generation X, and see if you recognize a Gen Xer you know.

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