I was born in 1974! Generation X.
According to Wikipedia:
As children in the 1970s and 1980s, a time of shifting societal values, Gen Xers were sometimes called the “latchkey generation”, due to reduced adult supervision compared to previous generations. This was a result of increasing divorce rates and increased maternal participation in the workforce, prior to widespread availability of childcare options outside the home.
What they skip out is the predominance of that generation having been sexually assaulted, molested, and raped at a time when there was NO PROTECTION OR RECOURSE in the law. Kids disappeared right out of their back yards and we were taught that we were responsible for protecting ourselves!
Our parents were messed up! Drugs and alcohol was rampant, Vietnam vets came home with extreme issues and undiagnosed PTSD ( they wouldn’t discover the depth and ramifications of that until many years had passed)
Poverty was at an all-time high and unsupervised kids meant lots of teen pregnancy and a lot of being raised by a television. Domestic abuse was common, as well as, hidden mental disorders and a lack of understanding of the damage done by parents forced to grow up too soon.
I get really frustrated when teens today call people boomers and blame the previous generation for the way the world is today. We may have had tons of entertainment in my generation years, but we lost out in the area of actually being heard. Just because you don’t see our struggles on old programs and in music videos, doesn’t mean we didn’t have any!
I found this article interesting for its take on the whole issue: Why Generation X might be our last hope.
I also like this one: Generation X is a Mess