Generation X: the middle child.

Pop psychology says the middle child is often overlooked in favor of the accomplished, mature firstborn and cute, needy lastborn.  The middle child gets lost in the shuffle, and develops a severe inferiority complex.


Middle children even get their own pop syndrome.

Pop sociology, such as the survey above, suggests that two in three Gen Xers resemble the Mature generation that came of age in the 1950s–think The Man In the Grey Flannel Suit–by putting good pay ahead of meaningful work.  You can’t blame either generation for craving security.  Matures grew up during the Great Depression and World War II, Gen X during a time of great social change.

Grey flannel suits commuting in the days before smart phones.  No bubbles here!

And, thankfully, in Silicon Valley, all work is meaningful!

Self-esteem problems?  I think not.  Three in four Gen Xers say their IQ is “higher than average”.  Sociologists call this the Lake Woebegone Effect.

Nearly all Gen Xers “always know how to get the information [they] need to make decisions”, probably from the wondrous Internet.  But I’d like to give a shout out to the 1.5 in ten who seem to understand that when it comes to making major decisions, it’s always a roll of the dice.  Because you never have all the information you need.

copyright © John Fyten 2017


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