Want to know why Gen Xers are so cranky? Read on.

Posted On July 18, 2013

While the Millennial generation has gotten quite a bit of negative press lately (narcissistic keeps coming up) they are certainly not alone. Xers have been hearing it for years. In fact, according to a recent MSN Money piece, this constant pressure is just one of 10 things that are keeping the Xers down. It’s a rather depressing and sarcastic take, but then again, it was written by an Xer. Here are highlights of “why Generation X is hosed:”

  1. It lost 45% of its wealth in the great recession
  2. It’s never going to retire
  3. It’s losing programs its parents had
  4. It doesn’t own a home
  5. It has crazy debt
  6. It’s hogging all the jobs…
  7. It hates the jobs its hogging
  8. It has no idea what Occupy Wall Street is talking about
  9. It was born into a cycle of despair
  10. It’s ridiculously grumpy about the whole thing

So this list isn’t exactly science, but the author does back up some of the points with research and anecdotes, and a healthy dose of sarcasm. As I’ve been relaying over the years, Generation X is not easy, that’s for certain.

The author doesn’t provide much upside in this piece, but I believe it exists. For example, one of the side effects of being so disenfranchised is that Gen Xers are fiercely loyal to those who earn it. Be a company or a leader who understands and is there for your Gen Xer employees and they will pay you back in spades.

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