If you were born in the early 80s, you might fall into the gray zone where, depending on the article or blog post du jour, you’re either a Gen Xer or a Millennial. Finally there’s a simple answer to that generation gap question: you’re neither.
If you can hunt Pokemon like a boss, but you rocked a pager in high school, then you might be a Xennial. The new micro-generation, coined by Dan Woodman, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Melbourne, covers those born between 1977-1983.
“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,” Woodman told MamaMia. “Then we hit this technology revolution before we were maybe in that frazzled period of our life with kids and no time to learn anything new. We hit it where we could still adopt in a selective way the new technologies.”
Too young to remember 8-tracks and too old to forget rewinding VHS tapes before returning them to Blockbuster, this short seven-year generation was born before the digital age, but has to adult and be a parent in a digital world. If that describes you perfectly then you just might be a Xennial.
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