First, I was told I'm part of generation "X." Then, I was told that, actually, I'm part of generation "Y." Then, I was told that, actually actually
, I'm part of the "Millenial" generation. Now, I'm told that, actually actually actually
, I'm a part of the "Xennial" generation. Soon, I'll be told that, actually actually actually actually
, I'm part of the "Whim Whammy Zim Zammy" generation. But, I already stopped caring. Just because somebody decided to call a group of people the "Greatest" generation and their kids the "Baby Boomer" generation doesn't mean we have to keep going with these silly labels.
I represent Y2k to the fullest ('89)
> What industries are Xennials killing?
Instragram and Facebook?
> Funny how so many in that time frame can relate (May 82 here).
I'm also May of 1982. I'm sure everyone thinks this, but I really feel like we had it pretty good. We learned to do things the "hard way" yet we were still young enough to be able to easily adapt to a digital age. A few memories:* The first time I had internet at home was in the 2000s. I came home from college my freshman (or sophmore) year and asked my parent if they wanted internet. They said they didn't want it, but I could purchase it myself. I bought it.
* While in the dorms at college we actually used the phones provided in the room. I'm assuming that most kid's now would just use their cell phones. I remember while drinking we'd often just dial random numbers to try to meet some girls.
* I purchased my first cell phone after graduating from college. My fiance (now wife) purchased some flip phones from a kiosk in the mall. I remember when the Razor came out and it was the "cool" phone. We'd hand out with friends and share ringtones.
March 83 here. I dont mind being lumped in with the millenials although I think we share things from both generational groups. I was a latch key kid and also remember the dawn of the internet vividly.
I am transgenerational. I don't fit with any of you. I am a part of the greatest generation.
Few more memories:
In high school one of my friends purchased a CD burner. I used to pay him $.50 per song to make CDs.
I was in college when Napster was a thing. A lot of kids would spend their nights downloading music. It was pretty cool to be on a T1 / T3 connection. I'm sure it's slow by today's standards, but it seemed lightning fast back then.Karaiya wrote:
> also remember the dawn of the internet vividly
My first memory of the internet was in the Middle School library. I used it to look up Game Genie cheat codes.
> Few more memories:
> In high school one of my friends purchased a CD burner. I used to pay him $.50 per
> song to make CDs.
> I was in college when Napster was a thing. A lot of kids would spend their nights
> downloading music. It was pretty cool to be on a T1 / T3 connection. I'm sure it's
> slow by today's standards, but it seemed lightning fast back then.
> Karaiya wrote:
>> also remember the dawn of the internet vividly
> My first memory of the internet was in the Middle School library. I used it to look
> up Game Genie cheat codes.
ya that was right after high school for me too, I had a burner and would make people cds lol. I remember going from 56k to cable, which that early cable would be terrible by todays standards, but you could see the bar moving on the napster downloads which was amazing, and a song could DL off a good source in about 3 minutes!! we were blown away.
I'm almost certain our first computer had a 40mb hard drive. I was thinking about that while plugging in a 32gb card the other day. Obviously there are a lot bigger, but this little card holds like x1000 more data then my first computer.BucketofJustice wrote:
> I was born in May 83. I don't know or care what label I have as far as an xennial
> or gen x or whatever. It doesn't matter in the least. Why is this a thing?
I think for many it's about shared life experiences. As this thread is somewhat proof of, many of us of this age had similar life experiences. These shared life experiences are different from the group we had previously been considered to be a part of.tonymack21 wrote:
> lol, very. even at the start of college I took my papers on a 1.44 and printed them
> at school before class lol
I saved my extra meal points my junior year of college to purchase a 500mb USB drive from the University Store. They would only let you spend those points on non-food items the last day of the year.
I never had Doom. For me it was Oregon Trail and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
Yeah, my flash drive was actually sitting on my desk. It's still a fine size for most of my work uses, but now with the cloud it's not really something I need. My only need for a drive at this point is to rebuild a computer which doesn't have a CD/DVD drive.
> Sept 80 here:
> remember CDs coming out
> going from rotary phones to push button, to cordless
> remember my first Sony Walkman and Discman
> dial-up internet...
> holding the tv's rabbit ears up while teetering on one foot to get a better picture
> before getting cable installed
> we were excited to get out of bed at 6am on a saturday because of the cartoons
> didn't get my first cell phone until i was in my 20s
> didn't go on the internet until the late 90s - early 2000s (first search engine i
> used was web ferret)
> thinking PS1 graphics were awesome after going from Atari to NES and Genesis
I'm I the same boat with all of these.
-We didn't have internet access where I lived so my Brother and I would talk 2 miles to the local library since it was our only option.
-I remember rotary phones and when answering machines first came out.
-We were taught the basics of typing on computers in the 2nd grade on the 2 or 3 computers my school had at the time that students could use.
-When I was younger Beta-Max was still a thing and VHS was the up and coming media format, but no one really had them at their homes that I knew of until I was probably 8 years old.
-No one in my high school had cell phones until my senior year when a couple kids had real basic flip hones that could only make calls.
-Also, social media wasn't a thing until a few years after I had graduated from high school.
> Reviving this thread as this topic came up recently with some colleagues.
> Have you yet to hear anyone reference this sub generation? I haven't.
> The best response I've received thus far (from a Gen X) "leave it to the millennials
> to feel entitled to their own generation".
> I work with a diverse group of people. I interact and interview so many younger folks.
> There really is a major gap between those of us in this range.
The only generation label I ever really hear in real life is millennial.
In the textbook for my Consumer Behavior class, they mention the next generation:
|"Gen Z consumers, born between 1996 and 2010, are gaining the attention of marketers, as this group shows distinct differences from their predecessors."|
Okay, I understand that they had to have some way of identifying this group, much like they did by calling millennials "Gen Y" at first, until they something else sticks, but what are they going to do with the generation after that? We've run out of alphabet!
Was Xena a Xennial? Say that 10 times
I was born in '75 so I recall when people played outside from dawn until dusk, (or later). When "specialty" stores ONLY carried a specific type of merchandise and when people still communicated and had block parties.
I LOVE these threads.
ive heard the term catching on more and more, I work closely with a 29 and 24 year old, and myself at 36 I can tell you our life experiences have been very different, they don't see me as a millennial even though I was 18 in 2000, I am the millennium class. I don't either, I identify 0 with anything millenials do, and very much as gen x does, but I was born so early 80s that what classify's millennial childhoods doesn't classify mine. those of us born in the early 80s don't have the same formative years as those born through the 90s. we were young in a very transitional period and saw both sides. on the flip side of that some of my schoolmates do embrace the title of millennial and consider themselves the leaders of it being among the first.. the time was so transitional it seems it may have to do with your upbringing as well which side you have more in common with.
my kids are being called gen Z/gen next last I checked, I think, but have also heard that as the i-generation. that's after 95 from what ive seen, their early memories would be after tech was very widespread.
u cool if u rode in a pack of bicycle kids
I was born in 80.
I had a pager in middle school and a cellphone in high school. It was an ATT gophone with long extendable antenna, monochrome screen and ran on 6 AA batteries.
Gen X'ers be like.. Omg I didn't get to go to space camp, let me take my dotcom startup money from inventing the Amazon Kindle and build my own house on an island somewhere and ignore everything going on until a natural disaster takes my power out because I didn't get a generator or solar
With 4 dogs, and 3 kids that all go to Montessori homeschool inside a secondary tiny house on the property by the chicken coop and bee dehydrator water filtration system
ya I agree, we are what should be thought of as a millennial, but its not what is commonly thought of as a millennial now. we didn't spend the same amount of our formative years the way what is thought of as a millennial now did. I think this microgeneration thing has it right. we early 80s babies have too much gen x in our childhoods to be true millennials, even though my year, the millennium class, should be the true definition. but as I had mentioned earlier, some in my year like to see themselves as their leaders, while I have 0 to very little In common with what is thought of as a millennial now.
these definitions of generations can be pretty broad, and the defining characteristics can certainly be influenced by where you grew up. maybe in the big cities in the mid to late 80s some tech was creeping in, but for most of my life up until the end of high school most people didn't have computers in their homes that I knew. we didn't have one til after windows 95. I think 98 second ed was our first modern computer, we'd had an old 386 and a 486 for a while when I was pretty young that my uncle let us play with. that was probably around 93-ish.
there are certainly transitional periods that require the microgenertations like xennial to more accuretly describe things.
I'm a Gen X... but most of my friends consider me a millennial. We overlap a LOT.
People get too hung up on generational labels. I've gotten along with and shared many things in common with plenty of old-timers, whereas I've cone across plenty of folks my age who I don't vibe with at all. Just depends on each individual person, not the year they were born.
> December 1979 here.
> Not a huge fan of these "Generation names" the mean very little. I am very fortunate
> to have grown up when I did. I was able to grow up in an age just before the big
> tech explosion but still know how to use it and have an also have an understanding
> and respect for it.
ya I think the group they call Xennials fits that mold pretty well. we'll be the last people to really appreciate it and be wowed by it this way.