Are You Generation X or Y?

Posted by : foongpc | Friday, September 26, 2008 | Published in


Often times, when we are asked our age, we tend to feel uncomfortable. This is especially so for ladies who will do anything to hide their real age.

So to save you the trouble, I am not going to ask your age.

Instead, I'm going to ask you to tell me which generation you are from. From the picture above, you can see the different generations and which category you are in. Now I really do not know who invented these terms but a search on Google revealed different definition for each generations.

Some say Generation X are those born between 1965 and 1980, while others say it's between 1961 and 1981. Still others say it's those born between 1965 and 1975. It was confusing, so I just gave up and stick to this one.

If you look at the picture above, there is no name given to those who were born after 1989. So I guess if you are one of them, you must be Generation Z!

Now here's a short description or characteristics prominent in each generation.

Baby Boomers - Beatlemania, television is the craze, transistor radio is a must-have.

Generation X - Don't respect parents, sex before marriage, don't believe in God.

Generation Y - Status seekers, "all about me" self importance, peer oriented, seeking instant gratification, internet savvy, embrace YouTube & social networking sites.

Generation Z - Single parent, same-sex family, equality of the sexes, addicted to and highly dependent on digital technology

I'm just wondering ...which category do people who like to blog fall under?

Anyway, I am a proud Gen X! That does not mean I don't respect my parents, or have sex before marriage or don't believe in God.

What about you?

(44) Comments

  1. Anonymous

    I am like you Foong. And I respect my parents, don't believe in sex before marriage and I believe in God :D

    September 26, 2008 at 8:47 AM
  2. eiling lim said...

    Bloggers come from all generations (only to those who know how to use the computer la)! I'm definitely Generation Y but it's not always about "me".

    September 26, 2008 at 8:57 AM
  3. Anonymous

    I'm Generation Z - sex before marriage is OK for consenting adults, hate the beatles, somewhat believe in God, and highly dependent on technology!

    September 26, 2008 at 9:19 AM
  4. acura said...

    I am a generation Y but one that doesn't fit into the description.

    September 26, 2008 at 5:08 PM
  5. Mark said...

    Gen X.

    Respect my parents; they brought me up well.

    Have lots of sex before marriage; well, you're not going to get any afterwards are you?

    Don't believe in God because I've got a brain and like to use it. There's as much evidence to support God as there is Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, pixies, gnomes, the power of crystal energy, psychic abilities, ghosts, and the great invisible sky serpent Herbert The Coily. You can either believe in them all (if you're gullible) or none of them (if you're smart), but if you discriminate between the beliefs then you're demonstrably exposing a tendency towards imbecility.

    September 26, 2008 at 6:10 PM
  6. Anonymous

    According to the graphic, I'm generation Y, not necessarily fit all the description, and I'm proud! :D

    Have a good weekend!

    September 26, 2008 at 7:55 PM
  7. synical said...

    The definitions keep changing it's annoying.

    But last checked I'm still a Gen Y, but I love the Beatles and an atheist.

    September 26, 2008 at 9:52 PM
  8. Anonymous

    Hi Foong, I'm a Gen X'er although that description does not apply to me.

    September 27, 2008 at 12:15 AM
  9. foongpc said...

    my bug life, welcome to Gen X club! Haha!

    eiling, you are right. Bloggers can be from Gen X, Y or Z or baby boomers too! But I think most bloggers from either Gen X or Y.

    gallivanter, you hate the beatles? Not good, not good... sex before marriage? Fine. LOL

    acura, maybe you are born into the wrong generation. Haha!

    September 27, 2008 at 1:32 AM
  10. foongpc said...

    Mark, haha! You are funny! Thanks for dropping by my blog : )

    cc, good, you should be a proud Gen Y! : )

    synical, you sound like you're more from Gen X than Y : )

    babette, welcome to Gen X club! : )

    September 27, 2008 at 1:38 AM
  11. Preston said...

    I am a baby boomer but right on the cusp of being generation X. And I was not a big fan of the beatles.

    September 27, 2008 at 4:53 AM
  12. Anonymous

    According to the picture, I'm generation Y. Although I'm pretty sure someone once said I'm generation X based on a different definition.

    But if it's based on the characteristics, generation Y probably fits the best too compared to the rest. Yay to instant gratification! Haha!

    September 27, 2008 at 5:05 AM
  13. Anonymous

    I am neither! I am a Baby Boomer...but not that crazy about the Beatles! Yes...I had a transistor radio!!! LOL!!!

    September 27, 2008 at 7:40 AM

    I am an X but that does not really sound much like me in the description. Who knows! It is interesting to see all the different generations though.

    September 27, 2008 at 1:05 PM
  15. eastcoastlife said...

    I'm in none of those generation leh! hehe... I'm alien.
    *beep beep*

    September 27, 2008 at 3:10 PM
  16. Monica said...

    I respect my parents and I believe in God.. so I'm a...?? LOL
    Enjoy your weekend Foong!!

    September 27, 2008 at 3:58 PM
  17. lina said...

    Gen X. Me! Me! Me!

    September 27, 2008 at 4:17 PM
  18. acura said...

    What happens after Genereation Z?

    September 27, 2008 at 5:36 PM
  19. foongpc said...

    preston, you are not a big fan of beatles probably because you are almost a Gen X, though not quite there yet : )

    missmall, so you are into instant gratification, well more of a Gen Y then : )

    suituapui, hi baby boomer! Haha!

    health nut wannabee mom, welcome to Gen X club! Yeah, I don't have those characteristics too : )

    September 27, 2008 at 11:35 PM
  20. foongpc said...

    eastcoastlife, haha! Aliens don't blog, OK? : )

    monica, if you respect your parents and believe in God, then you are not Gen X, Y or Z! OMG, you are a Baby Boomer - but that's impossible! You sound so Gen Y : )

    lina, welcome to the Gen X club!: )

    acura, God knows! : )

    September 27, 2008 at 11:39 PM
  21. Sherry Go Sharing said...

    OMG you are awesome where you get this idea to write?

    September 28, 2008 at 2:45 AM
  22. Sherry Go Sharing said...

    oh feel free to come by my new domain

    September 28, 2008 at 2:45 AM
  23. Bengbeng said...

    as a parent i dont care about x, y or z as long as Benghui turns out to be a useful citizen and continue on my line.sometimes i wonder if even that will b too much to hope for :)

    September 28, 2008 at 9:12 AM
  24. Center Parted said...

    I think these 'generations' refer mostly to the US and UK folks.

    While I'm supposed to be a Gen X'er, I don't identify with any of the traits.

    But I do see a lot of Gen Y'ers around ... fresh, bright, energetic kids who are trainees today and want to be the CEO in 3 years' time!

    Oh yeah, and Beatles rule!!! :D

    September 28, 2008 at 10:14 AM
  25. Anonymous

    Me Gen X too! Wukaka...

    September 28, 2008 at 10:49 AM
  26. foongpc said...

    sherry, thanks! My ideas come from everywhere - internet, news, books, fellow bloggers and daily life experiences. Will visit your new domain : )

    bengbeng, yeah actually which generation you belong to is not important. I'm sure benghui will be a successful adult in future. Just do your best as a dad and however it turns out, you will have no regrets : )

    center parted, I agree more for US people. Anyway I think it's invented by them. Asians don't have these characteristics, although as we become more Westernized, we are becoming more and more like them!

    neo, welcome to Gen X club! : )

    September 28, 2008 at 3:26 PM
  27. Pike-chan said...

    ooohhh... I'm generation X but sometimes behave like generation Y, and falls into part of generation Z. HAHAHA

    September 28, 2008 at 3:26 PM
  28. foongpc said...

    pikey, which part of you is Gen X, which part is Gen Y and Gen Z? : )

    September 28, 2008 at 5:53 PM
  29. Pike-chan said...

    erm... well,

    I'm generation X cos of the year I was born... then generation Y cos I'm internet savy and things like that... and generation Z cos of the same-sex thingy and sex equality.

    September 28, 2008 at 10:18 PM
  30. Mariuca said...

    Ahem! I am generation X like u! Hope u had a good weekend! :)

    September 28, 2008 at 11:55 PM
  31. Anonymous

    I am all about me...nothing else all about me...mmmm...its a bit true...Maybe... I am Y...

    September 29, 2008 at 12:20 AM
  32. foongpc said...

    pikey, thanks for the details about yourself! I guess you are generation rojak! Haha!

    mariuca, oh good! Welcome to Gen X Club! Btw, I've voted for you. Hope you win the award! : )

    elvinado, hi! Long time no hear! So you are self centred and self important. Well, I actually can see that from your blog! Haha!

    September 29, 2008 at 1:06 AM
  33. Johnny Ong said...

    i'm gen x but dont have those traits as listed by u ..... have better ones hehe

    September 29, 2008 at 11:13 AM
  34. Tekkaus said...

    I;m certainly an X. But I'm not those who are against parents lar. I'm a strong believer of God too. =)

    September 29, 2008 at 2:45 PM
  35. foongpc said...

    johnny ong and tekkaus, welcome to Gen X Club! : )

    September 30, 2008 at 1:44 AM
  36. Anonymous

    I am a x-man too, haha! But I respect my parents and I believe in God.

    October 1, 2008 at 11:31 PM
  37. foongpc said...

    Welcome to Gen X Club, jam! Good thing you respect your parents and believe in God! : )

    October 2, 2008 at 1:50 AM
  38. LifeRamblings said...

    i'm closed to gen x although some of the descriptions do not fit me.

    October 2, 2008 at 10:57 PM
  39. foongpc said...

    life ramblings, thanks for dropping by my blog. Welcome to Gen X Club! : )

    October 2, 2008 at 11:40 PM
  40. Unknown said...

    didnt know gen z existed haha. but ive got a new project coming up... and has this gen thing! :)

    October 23, 2008 at 12:45 AM
  41. foongpc said...

    Oh really, quachee? What is this project about? Let me know, OK? : )

    October 24, 2008 at 2:34 AM
  42. laikepo said...

    you got this post too :D

    July 3, 2009 at 2:04 PM
  43. Pete said...

    I am 'M' generation leh! 'Makan makan all the time' Ha Ha, I belongs to the Baby boomers! Old already lorrr! LOL

    July 3, 2009 at 2:23 PM
  44. Caroline said...

    erm this is included in one of my subject course last time when i study dip in tourism mngment. i think slightly diff from urs, urs like a bit not true. we learn more in-dept.

    March 23, 2010 at 6:05 PM