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Published: Monday, Aug. 26 2013 3:05 p.m. MDT

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2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

I don't know if they are "weak", but I hire 6 new interns every few months and I can tell that many have a different work ethic than my generation.

Many of them figure it out after being in the workforce for awhile, but this is the first job for many of them, and it seems like showing up for their job interview and showing up for work is such a chore for them. Maybe it's because they are busy students getting used a a busy college schedule too.


it is what everyone says about the "kids" these days. If you want to judge a generation on their propensity towards violence, then the "greatest Generation" wins hands down, as they were the most violent of all, or rather suffered through the most violence perpetuated by elite war mongers.

We are all waiting to test our mettle, and as individuals I think that happens in each persons own way. For the later generations we are about to see the effect of digitalizing information and easy access to all forms of it. This alone is Generation X's challenge. How will they use it, for good? For evil? History will judge Gen X by its use or misuse of technology that is rapidly defining our existence.


I sometimes think we are divided up enough without creating generational frontiers. It is handy for organizing polling information and determining trends I suppose. We do seem to be getting worse as time goes on, but then there are always many outstanding exceptions in every category and every generation.

Layton, UT

2 bits - You are not talking about Gen X. If you are hiring interns they are either Gen Y or Gen MeMe.

American Fork, UT

I was born after 55, but no way do I consider myself anything but a boomer. I've hired lots of X; none stuck around very long. Very few want to show up, and far fewer want to work.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Generation X is basically those born 1965 to 1980, depending on the demographer. Some might say a few years earlier or later either way. As one of these guys I guess we missed the Vietnam War but definitely lived with the angst of the Cold War and Islamic nationalism. i'm not sure we're the greatest parents, more of the helicopter type but many are missing in action altogether. We're definitely the post Watergate somewhat jaded about politics and government. However, we'll have the burden of the Baby Boom Generation breaking the bank when it comes to social security and medicaid. The Baby Boomers are generally responsible for the debt as well as the foreign policy mess we are now in.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

If being in debt is a handy cap Than I'd say They defiantly are. But if you look at who loaned and let these kids charge and barrow so much money I'd say it's the older generation.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

I have serious doubts that the whole idea of trying to judge an entire huge number of people based on when they were born makes any sense. Every generation will have over and underachievers. No generation has had any way to pre-construct the world they inherit.

Wally West

re: Mark B

Exactly. When I hear Generation X, I think of the WWE faction.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

As a proud member of Gen X I think one of our defining characteristics (if there is such a collective thing) was anger expressed towards the “me generation” society who threw away many of the moral traditions of their predecessors, sold out their most lofty ideals (of the 60’s) and became the most narcissistic generation in history (boomers). And they decided to have children…

There’s a reason we woke up when Nirvana and Pearl Jam sang exactly what we felt.

My 2 subjective cents…

UT Brit
London, England

Boomers will go down in history as the most selfish and devastating generation. I love hearing boomers complain about the supposed "me, me, me" generation of X and Y, I know for certain my retirement package is a sliver compared to theirs.
I know my fathers generation got university paid for and they also received grants as well.
They are the ones who are going to cripple our health systems and they will be the ones that write and vote on the laws that will benefit them while my generation will pay for it.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

UT Brit,
Are you from London or Utah... Make up your mind.

If you live in London... then how will YOU be paying the bill for America's social programs?

If you live in Utah... you need to fix your false info on your account.

I agree that the baby-boomers were the "ME" generation (and I think they accept that stereotype, especially when they were younger). But I haven't heard anybody accusing Gen-X of being the "ME" generation (so your protests are arguing against a kind of a mute point nobody has made). The accusation that was actually made is... they are weak. Do you care to challenge that assumption?

I don't think GenX is "weak". I think they may be distracted and possibly more media controlled than previous generations. But if you're going to fight the stereotype, at least fight the one that has been made. Nobody made the claim you are complaining about, "me, me, me" generation of X and Y". I think ALL generations are self obsessed when they are young. But most people change when they grow up.

tranquility base, 00

You could say the weakest generation were the ones with racism and sexism. The x generation is strong in that light isn't it?

UT Brit
London, England

@2 bits

My information is accurate, you see there are things that fly in the sky that can travel to distant lands that you can get on. A person can live in one location and *shock*, they can be in another continent just a few short hours later.
Where did I say anything about paying for Americas social programs? You will find the boomer problem will become a 1st world issue soon enough. Or is this church owned newspaper only open to Americans?
I was commenting on a general observation when the generation discussion comes up. Is that against the rules now? I have read and heard many boomers complain about my generation and to suggest that I am weak does not particularly fill me with happy thoughts.
If you thought the boomers were the "me" generation when they were growing up just wait for the next couple of decades.

Generation X and Y are going to have to be the one of the greatest generations due to the future world resource problems, boomer generation and the debt problems we find ourselves in.

Durham, NC

@2 Bits.... do you really think Americans living overseas don't pay US taxes? If that is your impression.... when referring to people who make a decent wage... you are very wrong.

I don't see the generation that has now been fighting in foreign wars now for over 10 years, the sacrifices they and their families have made, resembling anything resembling weak kneed generation. Gen x has different issues for a different time.

And if this new generation is viewed as weak because they are less dedicated to their employers, it is only because they saw what employers did to the previous generation. Both my father and my father in law slaved countless hours, hardly ever taking time off... and their repayment... layoff..... raided retirement plans... jobs sent over seas. I have no problems with fathers being more focused on coaching their kids soccer team, doing scouts with their boys, or spending a week on lake Powell. If being more family focus, less job focused makes them a lessor generation to some...then I don't care... and I applaud them.

Family - way more important that some job title.

tranquility base, 00

I'm smack in the middle of generation X and all my friends are employed and educated. From 1965 to 1980 is ages 33-48 and hardly seems to be a problem group.

In fact, we are a large part of funding either the educations or retirements of the rest of you about now. Your welcome.

Get of my lawn to you too.

Hank Pym

re: Tyler D

"There’s a reason we woke up when Nirvana and Pearl Jam sang exactly what we felt."

As someone who was born after woodstock (less than a month), I NEVER identified w/ these 2 groups. Way too whiney! Queensryche is, was, & will always be Seattle's best band.

re: 2 bits

"I think ALL generations are self obsessed when they are young. But most people change when they grow up."

Some of the whiniest, most self-absorbed people are people in that are in their 50's & 60's.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

@Hank Pym – “Queensryche is, was, & will always be Seattle's best band.”

*big smile*

Far be it from me to engage in a battle of the bands. My point (and I think you’ll agree) is that the legacy of the boomers ultimately got us the 80’s with its emphasis on the superficial and music that was vapid as well as insipid.

By the time 1990 rolled around, I thought if I heard one more synthesizer, drum machine or spandex wearing hair band singing about their endless pursuit of girls (e.g., Cherry Pie) I was going to scream.

And then Seattle happened and like many of my generation, I came “Alive.”

By the way, Pearl Jam is Seattle’s best (and still relevant) band ever. Lol!

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