Dating and gen y

But teen magazine head honcho Shoket is the self-described "biggest cheerleader" for young women, seeing that their power and potential to change the world defies that perception.

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"Gen Xers' voice was a bit stifled."As adults and parents, we're managing trying to repair and heal the wounds created by our broken families through self-help, trial-and-error parenting styles (see: helicopter, attachment, free-range, Tiger, and French), and new ways of setting up households and families (see: cohabiting divorced couples, multiple families living in "villages").

We're far from hippies; we're just tired of the drama and we're developing new systems. Let's call us the "Reinvention Generation"—we're constantly figuring it out as we go along.

(Not for nothing, the bologna is the good part.) According to the Pew report, "This overlooked generation…is smack in the middle innings of life, which tend to be short on drama and scant of theme."The "short on drama" part may be due to the relaxed sensibility that comes with age and a desire to figure out what's next. Our power is underestimated and often ignored—but it's potent.

Many of my peers are taking a pause in their 40s to consider their "part two"— after 20 years of working hard in a career, or having their career paths upended (see ya, print journalism), maybe it's time to launch a new life? "Gen X is still the most diverse generation, with people who are on both sides of a lot of different issues.

"But part of what is charming about Gen Xers is that they haven't been terribly interested in asserting a generational identity, and the media hasn't been interested in giving them one." Alison Novak is an assistant professor of communications at Rowan University who studies generations and politics.

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