Gen X turns to Facebook for a dose of nostalgia
There is much debate over who Generation X is.
Most of it focuses on when Generation X ends and Generation Y begins.
It is widely recognised, however, that those born between 1965 and 1980 are part of the "lost" generation.
The first generation of "latchkey" kids, exposed to daycare and divorce, according to the Social Librarian.
Gen X is often characterised by skepticism, "what's in it for me" attitudes and a reputation for some of the worst music and fashion to gain popularity.
Timaru Gen Xer Jason Westaway has grabbed hold of the concept and launched it online.
Facebook page Timaru History Generation X started less than a month ago and has already attracted 2000 members.
Expats from as far as Australia, United States, Canada and Britain have signed up.
It focuses on the memories of those born between 1965 and 1980 who grew up in Timaru.
The content features numerous photographs of Timaru, kitsch fashion and trends, and has prompted plenty of discussion.
Westaway says he had the idea in his head for a while.
It follows his foray into the Old Mill reunions, a Facebook tribute page for Mark "Rangi" Gillespie, a Softball Timaru, South Canterbury Facebook page and Timaru Main School (1974 to 2005) page.
Westaway, 39, married and a father, didn't anticipate such a response.
"I was hoping to get maybe 100 members but never thought it would get as big as it is; I'm really chuffed and happy that I've helped in a small way with people being able to have a laugh and share a story or two of the good old days when everything wasn't so politically correct.
"I love the 70s, 80s and 90s, all the photos people have posted are great; bands, toys, food, hang-out joints, cars and everything that's retro is cool."
At 45, Peter Jordan fits the Gen X demographic.
It is widely reported that Gen Xers are arguably the best educated generation, with about a third obtaining a bachelor's degree or higher.
And with that education and a growing maturity, they are forming families with a higher level of caution and pragmatism than their parents demonstrated.
Jordan is a regular contributor to the page and shares a unique collection of photographs taken in Timaru during the early 90s.
He is self-employed in IT and runs a publishing arm. He has published one book and plans to get another out next year.
Married with two young children, he is studying part-time towards a theology degree.
He says the page has presented him with a larger picture of who made Timaru the town it was.
"I think it strikes a chord in all of us, especially in this time of change, to look back at what was referred to as `the good ol' days'.
"Generation X is getting closer to the `in my day we didn't ...' age and we are getting more conscious that society is no longer for our generation but our children.
"The temptation is to wish things were the same as they were when we were growing up."
The photos are an advantage, he says.
"I think the others appreciate getting the chance as well as noting little things that appear in them that they had completely forgotten about.
"I am amazed at the number of people enthused with my photos and I realise it is not the photography at all, but the subject.
"We are very lucky in Timaru to have great resources for historians both at the library and the museum; I think any locals really interested in our history should also use those and today's electronic medium.
"But, in saying that, this medium is a fantastic way to hear stories and view history."
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