Don’t Feel like a Gen X or a Millennial—There’s A New name For Your Generation

posted: 07/07/17
by: Amanda Mushro

If you've never felt like a true Gen Xer because the whole grunge era was just a bit before your time and you don't identify with Millennials because you didn't claim your first email address until you were in your 20s, there's a good reason you don't feel like you fit into either generation. Between Generation X and Millennials is a micro-generation of people who are now being called Xennials.

According to an Australian professor, Xennials are the micro generation born between 1977 and 1983 and are a mix between the pessimists of Gen X and the optimists of Millennials. While the Xennial generational category isn't a new idea, it has been gaining momentum online from those of us that are sandwiched into this category because of this now viral Instagram post:

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Dan Woodman is an associate professor of Sociology at the University of Melbourne and says in an interview "The idea is there's this micro or in-between generation between the Gen X group - who we think of as the depressed flannelette-shirt-wearing, grunge-listening children that came after the Baby Boomers and the Millennials - who get described as optimistic, tech savvy and maybe a little bit too sure of themselves and too confident,'

So while Xennials grew up in a time where landline phones were the best way to connect with friends, but social media and the internet became a way of life in our 20s. Professor Woodman said Xennials have a unique experience when it comes to technology because this micro generation was able to enjoy their childhoods without the worry of social media but quickly learned to consume all social media and the internet while starting a career and raising children. "It was a particularly unique experience. You have a childhood, youth and adolescence free of having to worry about social media posts and mobile phones..." he says. "We learned to consume media and came of age before there was Facebook and Twitter and Snapchat and all these things where you still watch the evening news or read the newspaper."

So which generation do you identify with the most? Tell us in the comments below!