Anyone who was born on the cusp of a generation knows how frustrating it can be to figure out your generation’s traits. You don’t fit into one nice box. You might have traits from both generations. One of my family members is on the cusp on being a Baby Boomer and part of the Me Generation, and she’s always talking about how her whole life, she never really fit into the traits of either generations. Well, if you were born on the cusp of the Millennials and Generation X, then you are technically in the Xennial Generation.
But, there more to it than that. Read on for some very specific traits and memories that are specific to the Xennial Generation.
So, congratulations. You don’t fit in. But, who wants to fit in, anyway? You’re part of a microgeneration, teetering somewhere between Generation X and Millennials. But, you’re also unique, because you’ve experienced international events and experiences that both generations share.
Pew Research states that those in Generation X were born between 1965 and 1980. Millennials were born between 1981 and 1996. Xennials, however, were born between 1977 and 1983. It’s an interesting generation, because you were young when technology came out, such as computers, but you haven’t lived with this technology your whole life. In fact, Dan Woodman, sociology professor of the University of Melbourne, sums it up pretty well. “You have a childhood, youth and adolescence free of having to worry about social media posts and mobile phones,” he said (via mamamia.com.au). “It was a time when we had to organize to catch up with our friends on the weekends using the landline, and actually pick a time and a place and turn up there.”
So, how do you know that you’re really a Xennial? Of course, if you were born between 1977 and 1983, you’re one of them. But, read on for some additional trails. You might have some major “ah-ha” moments here. And, hey, wear your Xennial badge proudly. You’ve experienced it all.