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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.

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  1. I had my first son in 1978, so he qualifies. We had an Atari, played pacman etc. Walked, went to Scouts, we were a solo family, I had been married to his father though. He has always been employed from age 17 bar a brief period of a couple of months after a redundancy. Currently driving trucks, three children, long term relationship with their mother. I guess that Jacinda is close to being one also if one is going to use arbitrary dates.

    Mine isn’t snowflakey.

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  2. My next two were 1990 and 1992 and they don’t fit those flakey stereotypes either, ones a chef and been constantly employed and one works in an engineering environment, also stable. I also brought them up on my own from 1992, so it isn’t inevitable. All have financed themselves into their own homes.

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    • I’d say you were an excellent example they grew up under. There was no chance of your kids being snowflakes Rachael. Parents need to prepare their children for the real world, not some airy fairy place that gives out accolades to adults for turning up.

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