A month or so ago, we were discussing exactly what a millennial was in the office.
I have a colleague who is a decade younger than me and laughs at me when I say things like ‘I taped that’ because the word ‘tape’ is foreign to her in the sense of ‘recording’ ‘downloading’ or in the 21st century ‘streaming’ something to watch later.
So it got me thinking about our age gap, which led us to discuss millennials.
At 34 and 24 the decade gap seems quite big in some respects, especially since I grew up in the 90s without internet, smartphones, Google or YouTube.
But my colleague did and yet according to a definition by the trusted Wikipedia we are both classed as one.
Millennials (also known as Generation Y) are the demographic cohort following Generation X. There are no precise dates for when this cohort starts or ends; demographers and researchers typically use the early 1980s as starting birth years and the mid-1990s to early 2000s as ending birth years.
So someone born in 2001 and me born in 1983 we both fall under this category??
I don’t know about anyone else but I feel like this term has only become fashionable just in the last couple of years, before that I’d never heard of it. I feel like it’s the current buzzword everyone’s using to describe themselves and what they do, but don’t really understand what it means.
I’ve read a lot of articles contradicting each other, all confused about what ‘age’ makes you a millennial, and even the definition above is a bit vague. A few articles even claim that millennials are narcissist and lazy. I’m telling you now I’m not lazy!!! He he. I do think the whole ‘take a selfie’ at every opportunity and ‘duckface’ pose hasn’t helped in a lot of people assuming this…just saying!
So I asked myself how can I relate to someone who is 16/17?
When I was 16, I was just out of school, we had a big clunky computer at home that we weren’t allowed to use the internet on until after 6pm because only then was it free to use BUT only if mum wasn’t on the phone.
We had basic games that we installed from CDs (yes, CDs) we got from cereal boxes, stuff like Space Invaders or any Kellogg’s games with the monkey and tiger who advertised them at the time.
I grew up with Pog, Pokémon trading cards (not a Pokémon Go app) and Tamagotchi – this was our generations of teachers ‘turn off mobile phones’ back in the day, where we were told to concentrate and not keep our ‘pets’ alive. So how do I relate to a 13 year old!? I mean I’m only just slightly over 30 (cough cough).
One article I read says that anyone between the ages of 13 and 30 are classed as millennials and those who are know the internet like a second home and are good with social media.
The internet thing, again I’m slightly over 30 (don’t you say anything!) and yes maybe I only figured Twitter out about 6 months ago, but doesn’t mean I don’t know how it works. Wait, who am I kidding I suck at research…when I was studying I’d ask my uni mate to Google stuff for references because she’s younger than me and could get obscure quite clever articles we could use.
Even, Facebook stuff boggles me and does my head in (I was peer pressured into setting up an account in 2007, plus I had FOMO so felt I ought to have an account and see what people were doing), before then I didn’t care, so why did I join!?!? I care even less now because it’s all advertising or videos, YO video sharers you have YouTube for that!
All I’m saying is that the ‘age gap’ makes a huge difference as I grew up in a different time to those who will soon be adulting, yet according to some definitions we fall under the ‘millennial’ category. Hmmm I think they need to refine their definition.
NB…Anyone has a clue what it means and if I really am one, please comment or message me. I’m so confused.
Have a good day xo