#SoCS Apr.8 , 2023 – Gen

Linda’s SoCS prompt…

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “starts with gen.” Find a word that starts with “gen” and use it in your post. Have fun!

Which generation are you from?

You know what I mean? All this Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millenials, Gen Z, and now the Alphas…

Now, according to the official lists, I am down as a Gen X.

But, did you know where is a microgeneration that is not fully recognised, in between Gen X and Millenials?

The Xennials.

I was born in 1975 – yes, giving away my age there… and this microgeneration is anything from the mid 70s to the early 80s… and having read what they are described as, I feel Xennial is my term.

“Xennials enjoyed analogue childhoods—no mobile phones, no internet—but came of age in a time of new technological innovations that would leave Millennials wide-eyed with amazement, from VHS video recorders and a fourth (yes, fourth) TV channel, to computer games and the Smash robots. Xennials are digital immigrants and much more comfortable with the brave new world of social media, smartphones and the internet, however but they don’t hold new technology in the same high regard as Millennials.”

From https://www.killik.com/the-edit/xennials-the-new-millennials/

This is so me! I remember starting uni with a typewriter in 1993, and some friends with a bit more money had a mobile phone. More like a brick, but it was there and under the One-to-One provider. Computers were mainly in the library or computer suites, and we had internet, but it was dial-up, and this huge room would be filled with students trying to log into Yahoo or Ask Jeeves (remember that one?) and sighing when it was on go slow!

By the end of my uni, I had my own PC and a mobile phone. We used the free voicemail trick for ages until it stopped working. They realised us poor students had found a way to communicate without paying!

Facebook became more of a thing a year or so after I qualified, but we had Friends Reunited before that, too. I was never a MySpace person.

I also loved this little snippet and like to think it is true.

Wertz highlights a number of Xennial traits including a love-hate relationship with social media and an understanding of the importance of taking ‘digital detoxes’. Like Millennials, they are interested in health and wellness, but unlike their juniors, they have the disposable income to spend on health and wellness products. Xennials also value relaxation and work-life balance, so they will spend their income on holidays and prioritise time with family over work where possible.

From https://www.killik.com/the-edit/xennials-the-new-millennials/

Which Generation are You?

Generation NameBirths
Age Today*
Oldest Age
The Lost Generation
The Generation of 1914
The Interbellum Generation19011913110122
The Greatest Generation1910192499113
The Silent Generation192519457898
Baby Boomer Generation194619645977
Generation X (Baby Bust)196519794458
Generation Y, Gen Next
iGen / Gen Z199520121128
Gen Alpha20132025110

21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. robbiesinspiration
    Apr 09, 2023 @ 20:02:40

    How interesting that Gen X has a cross over with Xennials which I’ve never heard of before. Seeing as I have rather a low opinion of Millennials, I’ll just stick with Gen X. Haha!

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  2. Jennie
    Apr 09, 2023 @ 15:15:28

    Thanks for the chart!! Baby Boomer, here.

    Liked by 1 person


  3. scr4pl80
    Apr 08, 2023 @ 16:46:49

    Thanks for the table! I always get them confused. I’m a Baby Boomer.

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Dan Antion
    Apr 08, 2023 @ 13:54:04

    Solid boomer here. The list and the concept of Xennials is interesting.

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    • Ritu
      Apr 08, 2023 @ 14:49:21

      I always felt I was in between Gen X and Millenials, as I experienced so many of the advancements on technology right from the start.
      So Xennial feels like the perfect fit!

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  5. bikerchick57
    Apr 08, 2023 @ 13:42:07

    I am a baby boomer, but my parents would have laughed had they known they were part of the greatest generation.

    I was talking about generational differences with a friend of mine this past week. I grew up with rotary phones and phone booths. No microwaves or latte machines. I played with lincoln logs, erector sets and a 60’s Barbie with her Corvette. We had “dime stores” rather than a huge Wal-Mart and instead of playing video games, we spent our summers swimming with friends or building snow forts that may be considered “dangerous” by parents these days. Halloween treats didn’t make our parents anxious about the contents and I remember mom setting a Christmas gift maximum of $50 US dollars for my brother and I. That was a lot of money then. As with everyone else in my generation and after, Ritu, we tried to keep up with innovation and technology and the way the world turned.

    Have a wonderful weeknd!

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  6. willowdot21
    Apr 08, 2023 @ 12:49:42

    I am a baby boomer! Eeek! I have one Gen X and two Xennials and two grandchildren Gen Alphas!
    Phew… Very iny post Sis… Eek! I am old enough to be your mother 🙄🫢💜💜💜💜

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  7. Lakshmi Bhat
    Apr 08, 2023 @ 11:10:50

    That is really interesting. I am just inside the Baby Boomer generation 🙂 I wonder what that means. I will have to read about it. And it is will be interesting to know how these divisions were made 🙂 Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person


  8. Sadje
    Apr 08, 2023 @ 08:07:15

    I could never get this terminology. I thought this generation is gen-X.

    Liked by 1 person


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