Study Proved that Gen X Aren’t Slackers
Generation X, the much maligned "slackers" born of the baby
boomers, turned out not to be angst-ridden lazy bums after all.
In fact, according to the Longitudinal Study of American Youth at the
University of Michigan, they’re actually hard working, active, balanced
and – gasp – happy people:
The LSAY has released its first quarterly report on the 4,000 young
adults who have participated in the study since 1987 and who continue
to complete an annual survey. Generation X is widely defined as individuals
who were born between 1961 and 1981 and who are today between 30 and
50 years of age. LSAY participants are between 36 and 40 years old and
represent the middle segment of Generation X.
In broad terms, young adults in Generation X may be said to be
active, balanced, and happy. They have completed more formal education
than older American generations, work longer hours, and most report
that they are satisfied with and enjoy their work. Two-thirds of LSAY
participants have minor children at home and report that they engage
in a wide variety of child-parent activities at home and through the
child’s school. These young adults read a lot of material (after
all, the Internet is the world’s largest reading machine) and
often attend plays, concerts, and sporting events. By subtraction, they
may sleep fewer hours than previous generations.