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The Millennial Generation Gets A Definition Update

March 5, 2018

When it comes to generation names, the ones known as Millennials seems to be the most confusing. At one time, the generation that followed Gen X were called Gen Y but that lasted as long as Crystal Pepsi.  That's because there is no official social constructs outside of the Baby Boomers, which the U.S. Census defines as people born between 1946 and 1964, of who is part of what generation. Now the Pew Research Center is looking to give more structure to these generational nicknames. The Silent Generation which consists of people born between 1928 and 1945 (73-90 years old), The Baby Boomers which were born between 1946 and 1964, Generation X which were born between 1965 and 1980, Millennials which were born between 1981 and 1996 and the new generation label of Post-Millennials, which were born between 1997 and today.  The Pew Research Center says 1996 is a critical year in separating Millennials because they were old enough to remember September 11th and were also finding their way through the 2008 recession as young adults. The newly coined "Xennial", which included those born between 1977 and 1983 has been scrapped as it was too small a generation who identified themselves as people who grew up in a pre-digital world and later adapted to today’s technology. If this includes you, you’re now either a late-term Gen X’er or a grizzled veteran of the millennial clan. The new “Post-Millennial” generation group that begins in 1997 would have been 10 when the iPhone was introduced, whereas many Millennials will still have memories of landlines, touch-tones, and rotary phones. Perhaps technology plays the biggest part of generations considering Baby Boomers saw TV become dominant, Generation X experienced a computer revolution, and Millennials grew up in an age where the internet became a new way of life. However these generation terms aren't always set in stone but they do help define a group of people experience the world socially, economically, politically and technologically.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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