19 Critical MISTAKES Gen X’ers Are Making That Will Cost Them in the Long Run

Supposedly, age brings wisdom, yet Gen Xers are making some crucial mistakes that they may soon live to regret. We take a look at the 19 errors Gen X’ers are making that may have future repercussions they really won’t appreciate!

Over-Reliance on Job Security

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Of course, there’s something to be said for loyalty and dedication, but spending decades clocking in with a single employer might limit new opportunities and reduce the chance of moving on to bigger, better things.

Sticking to a job for security reasons can stifle professional growth and lead to career dissatisfaction and mental health issues.

Avoiding New Technology

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There’s naught wrong with a little retro nostalgia, but stubbornly holding onto obsolete technology because it’s “what they’re used to” could cause Gen Xers to become out-of-touch relics as well!

Despite being the first generation to use computers in their youth, some Gen Xers resist the new wave of tech the younger generations are competently mastering.

Unhealthy Younger Years

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Raised in an era before modern wellness trends and health-conscious movements, many Gen Xers are guilty of neglecting their health in their younger years.

Their youthful antics of pulling alcohol-fueled all-nighters, experimenting with recreational drugs, and going on junk food binges might sound fun, but health is a long-term investment, meaning sometimes it’s simply “too little, too late.”

Not Mentoring Younger Generations

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Like any generation, Gen X has a unique wealth of experience and special skills that should be shared with future generations. Still, they frequently fail to pass this knowledge on by adequately mentoring the young.

Hoarding

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Gen Xers grew up during uncertain times of economic recessions and societal shifts, so their propensity to hold onto physical clutter is somewhat understandable. However, this ‘save it for later’ attitude can manifest as a hoarding mentality.

Overlooking Mental Health

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Mental health has become a ‘blind spot’ for many Gen Xers, partly because they were raised during a time when such debilitating issues were frequently stigmatized or downplayed.

Big Brand Addiction

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While designer labels and big brands dominated the market in the late 20th century, they weren’t always the most financially savvy choice.

Nowadays, Gen Xers still frequently make purchases based on their loyalty to and familiarity with famous names rather than entertaining the possibility of higher quality, more sustainable, and affordable alternatives.

Resistant To Remote Work

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Young Gen Xers were used to office environments and the typical 9-5 routine, yet our post-Covid world is proving that productivity and team dynamics are not tethered to physical presence, making remote work an alluring option.

Being skeptical or resistant about such change will limit job opportunities for Gen Xers and prevent them from establishing personal flexibility and a better work/life balance.

Over-Parenting

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A more relaxed parenting approach in their own childhoods caused many Gen Xers to swing the other way and choose to be overly protective of their children and heavily involved in their lives.

While admirably rooted in love and concern, this over-parenting can result in coddled children, hindering their personal growth by stifling their independence and problem-solving abilities.

Not Planning For Retirement

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Surprisingly for a generation raised by thrifty Boomers, Gen Xers often overlook the critical step of preparing for their golden years. They frequently get immersed in seemingly more pressing financial spending and neglect to set aside funds for retirement.

This lack of foresight could lead to a nasty shock later on as the financial crunch strikes during a time that should be relaxing and enjoyable.

Rejecting Sustainability

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Gen Xers might not have had metal straws, kerbside recycling, or reusable bags growing up, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a responsibility to help with the current environmental crisis.

A greener lifestyle ensures that everyone, particularly future generations, can continue to prosper and enjoy good health.

Not Updating Their Wardrobe

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As our lifestyles evolve and fashion innovates, clothing becomes increasingly comfortable, hard-wearing, practical, and stylish. Yet many Gen Xers stick with the well-worn styles they grew up with, resisting contemporary fashion trends.

Avoiding Social Media

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How do people even do this? Do they live in caves? Jokes aside, Gen Xers’ privacy concerns and tech-shyness can result in them completely avoiding social media platforms, causing them to miss out on the benefits of networking, social connections, up-to-date news, and other opportunities.

Not Traveling Enough

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Unless you’re a die-hard homebody, travel is a wonderfully educational and enriching experience that broadens the mind and feeds the soul. Yet some Gen Xers, preoccupied with family obligations and their careers, find excuses not to travel or hope they’ll have time for it ‘later.’

Not Learning as Adults

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While college degrees and impressive exam results are worthwhile achievements, the world is rapidly evolving, and the need to learn new skills, or update existing ones, is a constant necessity.

Today, learning does not stop after formal education ends, and there are countless modern platforms and initiatives that facilitate ongoing self-improvement.

Digital Hesitance

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From handwritten notes to vinyl records and home telephones, many Gen Xers are reluctant to cast off their analog bonds and embrace the efficiency and convenience of digitalized data storage.

If you want to stay relevant and successful in modern society, you must adapt to current technologies or run the risk of being stuck on an isolated ‘retro’ island of slow, obsolete, and outdated devices.

Distrust of Online Banking

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Although being cautious online is prudent and advisable, having an irrational fear of Internet banking and online payment platforms will make life harder in the long run. Unfortunately, many

Gen Xers prefer to visit a bank for their transactions and resist transitioning to banking apps and digital transfers.

Lack Of Workplace Advocacy

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Because Gen Xers started work in an environment of structured hierarchy, heavily controlled by well-respected superiors, they often hesitate to advocate for their rights in the workplace for fear of ‘rocking the boat.’

Nowadays, amid a societal shift towards worker focus, it’s entirely acceptable for employees to request improved working conditions, higher pay rates, more flexible working hours, or a departmental role change.

Being the ‘Perpetual Middle Child’

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As a result of being born between the influential and hardy post-war Boomers and the confident, ever-vocal Millennials, Gen Xers can feel like a forgotten generation.

This ‘middle child’ syndrome often results in them downplaying their achievements or being silent when asked for their opinions.

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