Objectively, Generation X refers to people born between 1965 and 1980, who constitute around 20% of the American population and are, at the time of writing, anywhere from 40 to 55 years old.
Subjectively, though? Gen X is a feeling. It’s a vibe. It’s ineffable, but simultaneously a force to be reckoned with.
Here are fifteen tweets from true Gen X’ers that explain it a little better.
15. Day in the life
It was definitely a different time.
The life of a #GenX kid:
Wake up and immediately go outside; play with dangerous things in dangerous places.
Show up for dinner 14 hours later; parents are surprised to learn you weren’t home.
Eat fishsticks alone while watching tv.
Read in bed with flashlight.
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) March 15, 2020
14. The Heathers
Get your facts straight and bring me your manager.
You guys can call us Gen Xer's "Karen" if you want but if you understood us at all, it'd be "Heather."
— Aimee Giese (@Greeblehaus) November 15, 2019
13. Beautiful apathy
Well done. Very, very well done.
We have a certain..ah..how do you say? Gen X sais quoi
— Liar Liar Earth’s on fire (@EltripEcnal) June 14, 2020
12. Stranger things have happened
Full disclosure: I’ve always thought Winona Ryder was an off-putting performer and never really understood her fame. THERE I SAID IT.
Some days I remember that Winona Ryder, the dark princess of Gen X, the coolest of the cool, is known among many younger folks as "the mom from Stranger Things".
— Gennifer Hutchison (@GennHutchison) February 22, 2020
11. Live free or die hard
We have no use for or opinion on feelings.
Boomers: People are too sensitive and need to toughen up
Millennials: People need to care more and help each other out
Gen X: Die Hard is a Christmas movie
— James Alvarez (@ObscureGent) December 17, 2019
10. General knowledge
I never knew this. And I still don’t.
Fun fact: the “Gen” in “Gen X” is actually short for Gennifer
— Anne Thériault (@anne_theriault) January 7, 2020
9. Wait it out
Hey, some of us Millennials had the same experience.
I am #GenX. I have the patience of Job. I sat for hours just waiting for my favorite song to play on the radio so I could hit record on my cassette player only to have the DJ talk over it so I’d have to wait even longer to try again. I can do nothing for days and be ok.
— Crille 🧚🏻♂️🧜🏻♀️°o° (@crilleacree) March 16, 2020
8. You’re toast
I’m lukewarm on avocado and totally baffled by how it came to represent my entire generation, but to each their own I guess.
You know, I roll hard with Gen X. I represent. I don’t forget about us. I use my voice to remember our culture, as much as I can.
But, I’m not going to lie. Avocado toast is goddamn delicious.
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) January 20, 2020
7. Mix it up
I do miss handling a physical piece of media. Something tactile, that felt like it contained a little bit of magic.
I think I'll make a mixtape. By which I mean a playlist but look, I'm Gen X, and we called them mixtapes, deal with it.
— John Scalzi (@scalzi) March 18, 2020
6. Killer theories
Kurt Cobain: “Here are a bunch of incredibly genuine albums about how deeply depressed I am.”
Everyone forever: “Or WAS he?!”
reading Gen X posts and nodding pic.twitter.com/8CEJpbfak5
— Dank Meme Themed 36th Birthday Party (@ByYourLogic) June 24, 2020
5. Thanks I hate it
At least they’ve settled in a final location.
Red Hot Chili Peppers are Gen X’s Jimmy Buffet. Only a matter of time before they open a chain of Californication Station Bar & Grills.
— 3 Feet High and Crying™ (@TimDuffy) June 21, 2020
4. Pac it in
The differences are all aesthetic. No difference in gameplay.
I just had an actual argument over whether Ms Pac-Man is substantively different from Pac-Man and that’s the way the Gen X era fades to black
— jennifer steinhauer (@jestei) June 21, 2020
3. Tick tock, tick tock
Um. Did you just skip completely over Millennials there?
Behind every TikTok teen is a Gen X parent. Disappear us at your peril, mofos.
— Amanda Guinzburg (@Guinz) June 21, 2020
2. Fire when ready
Yeah, that was pretty cool. Now do a bunch more.
Boomers: You lousy Zoomers can’t do anything
Millennials: You’re just TikTok and even more crushing financial dislocation
Gen X: Show em what you got, kids
Zoomers: (weaponize K-Pop stans to destroy a Trump rally)
Gen X: I love my kids
— Dylan Wilbanks, Generic Halloween Pun Goes Here (@dylanw) June 21, 2020
1. Let’s shag
I think that’s always been a little true.
Is it just the Gen X in me, or does everyone look better now with their hair shaggy?
— Rebecca Makkai (@rebeccamakkai) June 19, 2020
Here’s to you, Gen X’ers. You’ve done us all proud. Or whatever.
What generation do you belong to, and how would you describe it?
Tell us in the comments.