Gen X superior to baby boomers

November 4, 2011

New research from the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research finds that Generation X (born 1961-1981) is not “bowling alone”, but full of hardworking adults who lead “active, balanced, and happy lives”.

The results are based on the Longitudinal Study of American Youth, a survey of 4,000 Americans between the ages of 36 and 50.

Here are a few highlights courtesy of USA Today:

70%: Spend 40 or more hours a week working and commuting; 40% do that 50 hours or more

68%: Are currently married, and 71% have minor children at home

90%: Participated in at least one recreation or leisure activity a month; 40% engaged in two or more

33%: Are active members of a church or religious organization

7.5: Average level of happiness on a 10-point scale in which 10 is very happy.

The survey also reveals that 95 percent talk on the phone at least once a week to friends or family and 29 percent say they do so at least once a day. According to Jon Miller, director of the Longitudinal Study of American Youth, Gen X contacts friends and family more than their parents ever did.

This generation also likes to read with 72 percent reporting that they read a newspaper (print or online) at least once a week and 80 percent buying and reading a book at least once in the past year. Almost 50 percent said they read six or more books in the past year.

For more information on this survey, the full report can be viewed here.


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