Can We Guess if You're Gen X, Baby Boomer, or Millennial?

By: Mark Lichtenstein
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
Can We Guess if You're Gen X, Baby Boomer, or Millennial?
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About This Quiz

One thing is sure when you talk about the different generations: The generation before you gave you a bad start and the generation after you is screwing up everything you worked so hard to fix from those before you. Does that sound familiar? Well, the truth of the matter is that generations are cyclical, and if you wait long enough (75-100 years) the ideals, thoughts and themes of your own will make a comeback.

From how you address strangers, Daddio, to what you consider is the bee's knees, our slang, jargon and colloquialisms are a big part of our generation. Whether you think its rad to do the "Macarena" or far out to do the "Hustle," cultural gaps are often closer than you think, with only a few distinct differences.

Your generation is your fingerprint on the world. It is the mark that defines who you are and tells the world where you are heading or where you've been. Are you a baby boomer? Are you Gen X? Perhaps you're a millennial? Or maybe you're in between and have the clear understanding of multiple generations or a lack of understanding of all.

Answer these questions on your likes, dislikes, fads, slang and more, and we'll tell you which generation you grew up in.

What is a zine?
It's a cheapo magazine.
It's like a blog, but physical.
It's like a comic book, without pictures.
I have no idea.

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What letters continue after LGB?
LGB
LGBT
LGBTQ
LGBTQIA

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What resolution was the first TV you bought?
SD, black and white
SD, color
SD, color, with rear projection
720p

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How do you listen to music?
On a hi-fi system
On my Apple TV
On my phone, from ripped CDs
Streaming from my laptop or phone

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What do you mostly use your phone for?
Phone calls.
Emails
Texting
Social Media

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How's your eyesight?
It's not what it used to be.
It's okay if I have my glasses.
I had my vision corrected.
It's absolutely great.

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Does the fear of AIDS affect your dating life much?
No, it doesn't.
It used to.
It did.
No, I insist my partner be tested.

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Flared jeans: yes or no?
If you're the right age, yes!
No, and I refuse to go back to the 1970s.
Nope, not since the 1990s.
Yes, but only on Halloween.

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Do you think Reagan was a good president?
Yes, I do!
He was a jerk.
He was OK.
No, I don't.

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When you stand up, do you say, "Oof"?
Yes, every time.
Yes, most times.
Yes, sometimes.
Only if I'm imitating someone.

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What country do you think of as someplace safe to visit?
France
Canada
The UK
Iceland

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What country do you think of when you imagine someplace unsafe?
America
Saudi Arabia
Israel
Russia

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What shape was the first TV you bought.
Huge wooden box, tiny screen
Slightly curved metal box
Plastic square
Plastic panel

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At what age could you touch-type?
30
20
14
10

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Did you enjoy employer-paid healthcare most of your life?
Yes
Only for a little while
Never
That's a thing?

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What is a podcast?
It's a thing you plant in the winter so you can have flowers in the spring.
It's the form you get a TED talk in.
It's a potted radio show you can listen to on an MP3 player.
It's basically like the radio, but better.

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Is there much chance that global warming will seriously affect the planet in your lifetime?
No there isn't.
Probably, if we don't do something.
Almost certainly!
It already is!

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Can you support a family of four on a single income?
Yes
Maybe with two
No
Possibly

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What does it mean if someone is "woke"?
It means they aren't asleep.
It means they're cool.
It means they read a lot of news.
It means they are very socially conscious.

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Did you cohabit with your s/o before marriage?
Absolutely not.
Not with my spouse!
I did, but not for long.
Of course I did.

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Do you expect to have a pension?
I do! This is America!
I don't, this is America.
I don't.
One can dream.

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Did you ever see the Beatles live, or just on a screen?
I saw them all live, at the same time.
No, but I've seen some of the surviving ones.
I saw one surviving one.
I've never seen any of them live.

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Do you have a job for life?
I did, but now I'm retired!
I thought I did, but I was downsized.
No
I wouldn't want one.

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Who is Beyonce?
She's a rapper.
She's a singer.
She's a former member of Destiny's Child.
She's Queen B!

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Do you ever watch Fox News?
I do often.
I do if I want to get worked up.
I do occasionally.
I do not.

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Who is America's enemy?
America
Iran
Saudi Arabia
Russia

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Who is America's friend?
Britain
France — which I say because that is the sophisticated answer.
Australia
We have no friends and I can't say I blame them.

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What do you like least about your own generation?
The national debt
The former CEO of Uber
Martin Shkreli
The Jonas Brothers

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How will your house be powered during your retirement?
Coal
Oil and gas
Mostly renewables, some gas
I'd say renewables, but it is a trick question as my generation will never retire.

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