Last summer, I was amused to see the term Xennial trending on Twitter. I immediately thought it was the latest in a string of jabs at much maligned Millenial generation. What had they ruined today….malls, toast, Costco (!). I was pleasantly surprised to learn that a new term had been coined to describe people like myself, born between 1977 and 1983.
Australian Dan Woodman, associate professor of Sociology at the University of Melbourne, declared there was a new micro generation, called Xennials. Speaking to Mamamia, Professor Woodman said Xennials are a mix of the pessimistic generation X and the optimistic Millennials.
The story kicked off a series of hot takes on this “new” micro generation, popping up across the internet:
My timeline was full of friends and acquaintances giving each other digital high fives across the globe. Finally, we had a name. Across multiple social media platforms, we waxed poetic about the things that set us apart from Gen Xers and Millenials. It was then that I thought, “Wow, maybe there is something to this whole thing”. I know the way I see the world is different than the way I am marketed to. Could there be a cohort of similar aged moms trying to figure out how to bridge the gap between the two macro generations that we are sandwiched between?
So are you a Xennial?
Take this quiz from the Guardian to find out.