Millennials have possibly the worst reputation of any generation in history. They’re known for being entitled, lazy, overly optimistic, idealistic, and addicted to social media. It begs the question, who would want to be characterized as a millennial?
In response to this question, older millennials born on the cusp of Generation X and Y have chosen to use the term “Xennial.” They are the micro generation born between 1977 and 1983 who grew up without video games but became digitally savvy as adults and share Gen-Xers cynicism and Gen-Y’s optimism.
Dan Woodman, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Melbourne, describes them as growing up to Nirvana but love technology. Basically, someone who knows how to order Prozac on an app.
Ironically, it’s very millennial of a group of people to have to redefine yourself away from the majority of people.
You can’t blame people like Woodman for wanting to separate themselves from a generation that thinks everything from the 90s is worthy of a reboot. However, he doesn’t say that life without the internet made him a tougher person.
Xennials highlight the simplicity of their childhoods, but it did not make them more appreciative of technology or give them a stronger character the way pre-Vietnam War technology did for the Baby Boomers.
Arguably, the generation that grew up without air conditioning was a lot tougher than growing up without Google.
It sounds like people who are Xennials are simply millennials who never invested in Pokemon Go and probably didn’t date much on apps. Still, for how much they recognize what life was like before the internet, it doesn’t seem like it made most of them any happier, tougher, or more grounded people. They’re still fragile snowflakes who just need a little attention.