You may already be aware of the terms ‘Generation X’ and ‘Millennials’, referring to different generations of people. But are you sure which of these two groups you are part of? And even if you are sure, do you feel like you really identify with them?
With this in mind, we’ve created five questions you should ask yourself in an attempt to try and establish whether you are part of Generation X, or whether you are part of The Millennials…
1) When Were You Born?
This is the obvious question but it doesn’t give the whole picture, as there are many different opinions as to when Generation X ends and Millennials begin. Generation X typically means people born from the mid 1960s until the early 1980s, and Millennials usually refers to people born from the early 1980s until the the late 1990s. But read on to find out whether you identify with either of these groups…
2) Do You Identify With Generation X?
Regardless of the year of your birth, which side do you identify with? Generation X were children during a time of shifting values in society, and as children were sometimes called the ‘latchkey generation’ due to reduced adult supervision compared to previous generations (a result of increasing divorce rates and because they were children before childcare options outside the home became available). In the early 90s they were sometimes characterized as slackers, cynical and disaffected, with cultural influences including grunge and hip hop music as well as indie films.
3) Do You Identify With The Millennials?
Although Millennial characteristics tend to vary depending on social and economic conditions, the generation is typically marked by an increased use and familiarity with communications, media, and digital technologies. They are also thought to have social liberal views, and are more likely to support same-sex marriage, the legalization of drugs, and political correctness.
4) Are You Happy in Your Mid Life?
In midlife, research describes Generation X as ‘active, happy, and having entrepreneurial tendencies’. Guides about managing multiple generations in the workforce have also described them as ‘independent, resourceful, self-managing, adaptable, cynical, pragmatic, skeptical of authority, and seeking a work life balance’.
Millennials in adulthood are thought to be ‘detached from institutions and networked with friends’. They place an emphasis on ‘producing meaningful work, finding a creative outlet, and have a preference for immediate feedback’.
5) Are You Caught In The Middle?
If you were born between 1977 And 1983 then you may be ‘caught in the middle’. And fear not, because as we reported previously, Professor Woodman, who is an Associate Professor of Sociology, is now classifying people born between 1977 and 1983 as Xennials. Read our article on this to find out lots more.
Please do let us know whether you are Generation X, a Xennial, or a Millennial, and how much you feel like you identify with them. And be sure to get your friends to take the test also so you can find out which side of the fence they stand on.