Born between 1960 and 1980 and reared during the anxious days of Three Mile Island, widespread retrenchment and the belief that they would inherit a has-been country, Gen Xers acquired a wary demeanor and a cynicism about work, business and careers. Their "It's only a job" attitude puts them in perpetual conflict with the "Let's have a meeting!" and "Thank God it's Monday!" Baby Boomers.
Born: 1960-1980, 70 million people
Defining Events and Trends: Watergate, Stagflation, Latchkey kids, Single parents, mtv, aids, Computers, Challenger, Fall of Berlin Wall, Glasnost, Wall Street Frenzy
Core Values: Diversity, Thinking Globally, Balance, Technoliteracy, Fun, Informality, Self-Reliance, Pragmatism
Personality: Risk-Takers, Skeptical, Family-Oriented, Focused on Job, not Work Hours