What's happened to Gen X?

Dafty duck

War Hero
I was trying to explain to my kids how life was before mobile phones.

So you'd have a shower, spray on copious amounts of Right Guard (Rexona to millennials) put on your new jeans, get a few quid off your dad (no ATMs or cards) and go get the bus.


The joys of being a Gen Xer.

You must have grown up in a posh household! It was Lynx Africa for me, and I made do with it!

To this day I still get one of those fecking Christmas gift sets from my mum with the spray and shower gel in it (she obviously hates me). Every time I smell it I get flashbacks to school.
 

joey88

Clanker
You must have grown up in a posh household! It was Lynx Africa for me, and I made do with it!

To this day I still get one of those fecking Christmas gift sets from my mum with the spray and shower gel in it (she obviously hates me). Every time I smell it I get flashbacks to school.
Back in my day it was Brut 33, Hi Karate, Old Spice. Every boxing day I played rugby, the players would have their various gift sets with them, the changing rooms would stink and be shrouded in a thin aerosol mist, great memories.
 
I still can't fathom how the hell you even organized any meets...I actually don't even talk on "phones," just text mostly, to get stuff in place..or meet someone..
Because we talked to each other!
 

Mike Barton

War Hero
Calling someone these days out of the blue almost seems rude, unless you have booked a slot..that's why you msg...so you can organize a call or something..
I will agree that one of the great benefits of modern technology for men like me who are allergic to talking on the phone is SMS/WhatsApp.

Then again I am also amazed at how we take technology for granted. I mean back when we were kids we all knew that eventually there would be video-calling.

But the thing is it was supposed to be used sparingly, you know when the admiral in charge of Starfleet Command called us to tell us a distant galaxy was being threatened by Thargon gunships.

Now we use it to ask our wives whether we should buy the jumbo-sized bag of cat litter that's going cheap in Aldi or to engage in frank cross-cultural exchanges with Cookie and Cherry, the delightful Filipina sisters we met online last week.

The future somehow looked different back in the 1970s.
 
I will agree that one of the great benefits of modern technology for men like me who are allergic to talking on the phone is SMS/WhatsApp.

Then again I am also amazed at how we take technology for granted. I mean back when we were kids we all knew that eventually there would be video-calling.

But the thing is it was supposed to be used sparingly, you know when the admiral in charge of Starfleet Command called us to tell us a distant galaxy was being threatened by Thargon gunships.

Now we use it to ask our wives whether we should buy the jumbo-sized bag of cat litter that's going cheap in Aldi or to engage in frank cross-cultural exchanges with Cookie and Cherry, the delightful Filipina sisters we met online last week.

The future somehow looked different back in the 1970s.
Do get your point...but my data vs. calling ratio probably went down after mid 2000s...I am not much more younger...born in '83..
 
The media are full of imprecations to the Baby Boomer generation; you know, the generation which Kevin-the-Teenager Millennials insist sulkily 'ruined our lives'. But what of Generation X? (Before some bright spark says, "Well, Bill Idol went off and did his own thing, didn't he?", I'm referring to the generation born between the mid '60s and mid '80s). You never hear anything of them.

Are they a forgotten, uncomplaining generation who are just quietly getting on with it? Or are they so deadly dull that the progeny of an entire twenty year period have been filed away, completely disregarded. Perhaps their music or fashions were just shit. Perhaps they had nothing to say and what little they did say was easily ignored.

There must be a fair few Gen Xers on here... but are the rest of us willing and able to listen to what they have to say?
I'm generation X. I'm also the biggest fuckknucle I know. So, no. We haven't gone away, and we haven't gone dark. We're just being out louded by the latest cry babies on the block.

Meh!
 
The reason nobody hears much from us "X-ers" is because we don't have much to whinge about.

We missed out on post-war rationing, misery,, antiquated laws, enforced family fun at some shite holiday park in the UK, pressure cookers, shite food, low pay, pre-decimal coinage and the SLR....

...were lucky enough to know what life was like before becoming a slave to the smart phone, days before the internet, branching out with package holidays in Spain with an exchange rate of like, a million potatoes for a pound note. Or something. Drive an XR3i and think you were the dogs, witness some of the best music ever heard in several generations (Oasis, Blur, Prodigy, Primal Scream, InXS, Nirvana etc).

And born early enough to avoid being a snowflake Gen Z or selfish Millenial and not be offended by every single thing we see, hear or read.

In short, we seem to have been born just at the right time.
Fair points all. Except you missed Queen.
 

Mike Barton

War Hero
You must have grown up in a posh household! It was Lynx Africa for me, and I made do with it!

To this day I still get one of those fecking Christmas gift sets from my mum with the spray and shower gel in it (she obviously hates me). Every time I smell it I get flashbacks to school.
Yeah but Right Guard was a proper anti-perspirant, whereas the delightful smelling Lynx was simply a deodorant which meant you still sweated as much but you tried to mask it with the fruity smell.

I remember camping holidays in Donegal and after a hot night's air-guitar playing to Status Quo in the Senior Service-infused smoky fug of the local Ballroom of Romance and having necked half a dozen pints of Smithwick's Ale, if you had lit a naked light in the tent at 3am the combined atmosphere of aromas and gases would have led to a 3.6 Roentgen eruption, not great, flippin' terrible.
 
I was born in 1982 so a fraction out of being Gen X and in with the first wave of generation Y, the last generation to know what life was like before the internet and mobile phones, but also the generation that got to enjoy the huge revolution those technologies brought in their early days when we were in our late teens and before they caused an entire generation to become so self absorbed. Whilst there are a lot of slackers in my generation I also feel that we are very different to generation Z with regards to work ethic and entitlement.
Nipper!
 
Here's a post I've seen a few people sharing on Facebook this morning which shows how entitled generation Z are. What happened to starting your working life on shit money, gaining experience and extra qualifications through your 20's, changing jobs a few times as you become more desirable to employers to bag yourself pay rises and better conditions, and becoming better off with age?

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................to reap the rewards that your parents

Mega rant over, tin foil hat off,.....and breath.....Signed, Old retired 69 year old father of 6, grandfather of 7 almost 8 grandchildren.
You horny old shyte. I gave you an Excellent, but only for not requiring Viagra.
 

Joker62

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