Activities Gen Xers Can Enjoy That Younger Generations Cannot

Published: Oct 31, 2023

Generations come and go, but unlike many others, Generation X remains timeless. They know the way things used to be and understand the changes of the future. But what makes Gen X truly shine? Well, after much debate and deliberation, we have finally come up with a list of all the reasons why this generation is better than any other. 

Prepare to be thoroughly amused – and maybe even a little proud – as we explain why Generation X is the one to beat! So pour yourself a mug of ’90s-style iced coffee and get ready for some seriously amusing reasons why Gen X is undeniably better.

Creating a Personalized Music Mix: How Gen Xers Set Themselves Apart with Mixed Tapes

Making a mixed tape makes Gen Xers feel like musical maestros. Not only does it take a level of creativity to select the perfect sequence and selection of songs, but you need the technical expertise to record it, too. 

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With the help of a blank audio cassette and a dual cassette player, Gen Xers could create a signature mix of their favorite tunes with their own unique flair. With physical tapes, those born in the ’70s and ’80s experienced a special and personal connection with their music that today’s generation can’t replicate. 

The Last of the VCR Masters: An Art Form Lost With Gen X!

When it comes to the question of which generation can operate a VCR, Gen X certainly takes the crown. This technological relic brings back great memories for Gen Xers who had to battle tangled cords, jammed tapes, and countless rewinding sessions to watch their favorite shows. 

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While young kids today are entranced by the endless stream of content from streaming platforms, Gen Xers remember the days when the classic VHS or Betamax was the only way to experience their favorite movies and TV shows. That’s why it’s no surprise that Gen Xers take pride in knowing how to operate a VCR, even if the technology is long gone. 

Step Away From the Cell Phone - Making a Call Can Still Be Done!

Gen Xers are old enough to remember what it was like before everyone and their mom had a cell phone. This generation could even make phone calls without checking their cell phones first! 

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No need to search for that name in your contacts – just pick up the landline and dial away. This simple act is one that younger generations aren’t familiar with, which means Gen Xers still have something unique up their sleeve when it comes to communication technology!

Hit the Mall and Score Major Deals with Gen X Shopping Savvy

It’s no secret that Gen-Xers know a great deal when they see it. With their knack for bargain hunting, they can sniff out the best prices on sought-after items at any mall and come out as major winners. 

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Younger generations may be able to shop online easily, but nothing beats an afternoon at the mall when scoring killer deals with the help of our experienced elders!

Maca-What Now?

Ah, the Macarena – one of the most iconic (not to mention catchy) songs of our generation. Gen Xers are especially familiar with all the words and dance moves required to do this song justice. The hilarious lyrics combined with that funky beat made evenings spent at parties in the ’90s so much fun! 

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Sure, it may be a little embarrassing for some but for many Gen Xers out there, belting out “Hey, Macarenaaaa!” is definitely something they can do that younger generations just won’t understand or appreciate.

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Say Goodbye to DM Sliding, Gen Xers Prefer Face-to-Face Conversations

From venturing out and having a brewsky with their friends to passing notes in the school hallways – Generation Xers remember the days when connecting with people was an offline pursuit. 

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Yes, social media can be a great way to stay connected; however, nothing beats the real deal when interacting with someone in person. Get out there and make some new friends who don’t just exist on your phone – trust us; you won’t regret it!

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Whispers Over Wifi - Keeping Secrets Like a Gen Xer!

Ah, the art of keeping secrets. Generation X has mastered it while newer generations seem to be at a loss. After all, with social media accessibility and instant communication, everyone around us knows everything that’s going on almost as soon as it happens. 

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But Gen Xers were even able to keep big secrets, not just little ones – something many younger individuals will never understand or experience since they can barely walk into a metaphorical room without broadcasting their business all over Twitter or Instagram. How did we do it? You’ll just have to guess.

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Making Change Has Changed

If you’re a Gen Xer, then making the right amount of change at the checkout line is a breeze! From calculating exact amounts in your head to pulling out coins with ease, it’s something younger generations may struggle to do.

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Don’t be surprised if they end up asking for help – the younger generations were raised on credit cards and likely only ever learned how to swipe or tap. It’s just one more thing that Gen Xers have down pat!

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Quality Matters, Quantity Who?

It seems like with each new generation comes increased consumption and an emphasis on having more. But Gen Xers are good at being mindful of quality versus quantity – a lesson that’s still yet to be learned by younger generations. 

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Whether buying shoes or cars, a piece of clothing or kitchenware, Gen Xers understand the importance of making sure whatever they choose will last and perform its function well, something not all youngin’s realize just yet!

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The Humiliating Dances of Gen X Parents That No Other Generation Can Beat

It’s no secret that Gen Xers have some moves on the dance floor. But it’s even less of a surprise when they use those same infamous steps to mortify their children in front of all their friends at school events and family gatherings. 

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Nothing can make younger generations cringe more than seeing their parents shake it like nobody’s watching! So if you’re a Gen Xer looking to embarrass your kids, don’t be afraid to unleash your inner ’80s backup dancer!

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Sorry, Millennials and Gen Zers - 10 Piledrivers of Knowledge You Don't Have!

Do you remember the original Wrestlemania? Do you know who Andre the Giant was? Or Bret Hart’s style in the ring? That’s because only Gen Xers have what it takes to memorize all these things! 

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Don’t worry younger generations, you’ll never understand why so many Gen Xers could recite events from professional wrestling by heart. Go take a powder in the corner and let us bask in our glory!

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Bye-Bye Digital, Hello Paper!

Gen Xers can remember when they had to write out forms in longhand and fax them back to the office. Younger generations may never know how it feels to ink their signature on a page or watch as papers shoot across the room from the fax machine – okay, maybe not literally. 

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It’s all part of the old-school charm this generation was lucky enough to experience. So go ahead, Gen Xers, brush up on your handwriting, and get ready for some good ol’ fashioned paperwork! You might even be able to explain to a Gen Zer what cursive is.

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Bust Out the Remote, it's Blockbuster Time!

Remember going to your local Blockbuster on a Saturday night? It was a family tradition for Gen Xers that younger generations just don’t understand. Nothing captured the 1990s experience like wandering up and down those colorful movie aisles trying to decide which flick you wanted to rent! 

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Sure, streaming services are convenient – but they don’t have anywhere near the selection of classic titles available from Blockbuster in the good ol’ days. So grab some popcorn (and maybe even an actual VHS tape!) and go back in time, Generation X style. Oh, and Be Kind. Rewind.

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Gen Xers Getting their Hula Hoop On!

The common refrain among Gen Xers seems to be “hula hoops?! We’ve got skills you don’t know about”! And it turns out to be true. The traditional hula hoop has seen its fair share of generations, with the Baby Boomers starting the trend and Gen Xers later taking over and showing the younger generations a thing or two. 

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Not only did Gen Xers spin up some mad skills as kids, but they even developed some pretty complex routines. Can you keep the hoop spinning without fail while also doing tricks like switching hands mid-spin? Neither can we. Most youngsters would struggle just to comprehend the hula hoop choreography!

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Rock Out at the Gym without Refreshing your App

It’s almost impossible to imagine, but Gen-Xers remember a time before having a phone or any app to count their steps and track their workouts. The closest thing we had was the Skip-It targeted at the 8-year-old market. 

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But fret not, rest assured Gen Xers can still hit the gym. And here’s something younger generations can’t do – feel good about not refreshing an app every 10 minutes for workout motivation!

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Retro Romance: A Snail-Mail Love Affair

Ah, the days of postal penmanship; they may be gone, but Gen Xers remember them fondly. From trading romantic letters to penning good ol’ fashioned thank you cards and more, there’s something about putting ink on paper that younger generations just don’t get. 

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So go ahead Gen Xers, pull out your favorite stationery, and have yourself a little retro writing session. And millenials and Gen Z, next time you give someone a gift, include a handwritten card. Some things truly are timeless.

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Gen Xers: Packing Light, Traveling Far

No one said mastering the art of packing light was easy, and even though millennials may be wailing in sorrow over the fact that they don’t have this skill like Gen Xers do, it doesn’t mean you can’t still show them up! 

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Whether jetting off for a quick weekend getaway or going on an extended vacation around the world, Gen-Xers have perfected a technique that allows you to fit everything into just a carry-on. So, younger generations, keep weeping, we’re keeping this one a secret. Shhhh!

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Can You Hear Me Now? Even Gen Xers Had to Deal with Reception Issues

Gen Xers know that when it comes to getting clear TV reception, there’s no better way than taking a few steps back in time and adjusting that physical antenna. That’s right! When Gen Xers had reception issues as kids, they fixed the problem themselves.

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Modern generations can get their channels with a simple click, but nothing beats the satisfaction of perfect reception after fiddling around and securing your antenna just the right way.

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Gen Xers Aren't Afraid to Get Their Hands Dirty - Oh, And They Know What They’re Doing With Them

The younger generations might buy their cars pre-assembled, but there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of rolling up your sleeves and tinkering under the hood without relying on a manual. 

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Gen Xers know that if it ain’t broke, you don’t need to fix it — but if something does go wrong, they’ve got no problem with taking matters into their own hands. That’s right, kids — while you’re stuck scrolling through YouTube tutorials any time a light comes on in your dashboard, Gen Xers are already off and running!

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Gen Xers Know When To Zip It, And That’s a Skill Worth Keeping

Gen Xers have an invaluable life lesson to teach younger generations: when to talk and when to listen. While being outspoken is great, having the common sense to know when it’s best to keep your mouth closed can be even more valuable. 

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Your friend had a rough day? Stop scrolling Tik Tok for half a second and listen. On the phone with them? Give them your undivided attention. Speaking to them in person? Listen to what they say and respond accordingly, don’t start talking about yourself the first chance you get. This is a lesson we can all learn from Gen X.

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Meetings: Gen Xers Show Up, Millennials Cry About It

Gen Xers had to be on their toes and ready to go. They were the generation of always showing up early for an appointment – not just on time, but often earlier than expected! Who needs that fancy alarm clock when you have a Gen X work ethic? 

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Younger generations may scoff at such punctuality standards, but being early ensures that important dates are met without delay. Time is of the essence for Gen Xers, who respect other people’s time by showing up without delay.

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Back in the Days of Tales & Glory - Gen Xers Know How to Spin a Yarn!

Having grown up in a time of limited technology and with memories of long-ago summers spent reading books, Gen Xers know how to tell an amazing story. Whether it’s a funny anecdote or an epic tale, they can captivate any audience. 

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But unfortunately for the younger generations, their favorite way to consume stories is through movies and TV shows. This means they have no idea what it’s like to hang on to every word as someone tells them about that crazy road trip from college!

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The Subtle Science and Exact Art of NGAF

When it comes to stress management, Gen Xers know how to keep their cool. They understand the importance of not making a big deal about small things. The unofficial motto of every Generation Xer is “IDGAF” (we’ll let your imagination fill that one in).

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If something isn’t worth worrying and stressing over consistently, then why bother? Gen Xers don’t waste time creating mountains out of molehills – they just let ’em go! Everyone else could learn from the chill attitude that permeates through the generation of X.

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Knowing How to Unplug and Have Some Fun!

As Gen Xers, we know that entertaining ourselves without the help of a device is still an option. All it takes is a little imagination, sometimes outside, or putting our creative minds to work to come up with something fun to do. 

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Millennials might not understand this concept yet – but don’t worry; Gen Xers can show you how it’s done! So put down those phones and laptops, it’s time to go old school!

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Hosting a Dinner Party Like a Boss

Ever been to an old-school dinner party – classy, elegant, and in person? The kind you might have seen in old movies of the roaring ‘20s or read about in classic fiction? Chances are it was hosted by someone identifying as Gen X. 

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So if you want to learn about the lost art of lovingly preparing food for guests, setting out beautiful tableware, and spending hours over multiple courses while laughing and sharing stories and wine with close friends, go find your nearest Gen Xer and beg them to help you add meaning to your life.

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It's Handwriting Heaven For Gen Xers, But Younger Generations Just Can't Keep Up!

Gen Xers have perfected the art of penmanship, an elegant art form that has sadly been lost! Younger generations don’t quite measure up to the skills of their elders in this area. 

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Perhaps practicing “penmanship” with a trackpad or touchscreen just doesn’t cut it? And even if they did practice writing on paper, there’s no way their handwriting could come close to looking as good as old-school Gen Xers! 

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Gen Xers Took Physical Paper to Banks To Increase Their Balances

Gen Xers remember when the only way to deposit money was to physically go into the bank. Whether you bring cash or a check, a human being would take it from you and add the relevant amount to your bank account. 

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The convenience of internet banking is often lost on younger generations, and soon there may not be many physical bank branches left to take your money to. But, fret not, younger generations have better options than inflationary fiat currencies anyway.

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Groovin' Out to Classic Rock Is a Skill That Can't Be Taught

Gen Xers know all the words to classic rock classics like Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” and Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb.” For millennials, classic music means something from two years ago on Spotify (shudder). 

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It takes real skill to appreciate this era of music, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself feeling pretty darned cool when your Gen X friends are jamming out. After all, what else do they have that millennials can’t really brag about?

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Is That Folded Thingy a Map? How Retro!

Gen Xers, show off your outdated skills and grab one of those paper maps! Before the days of GPS and map apps, people had to decipher a paper map to get from point A to B. 

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While it may seem like an antiquated practice today, you can definitely impress the younger generations by getting out that dusty old map (wherever you stored it) and showing them how to use a map that can’t talk to you!

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