There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Xennial’

Xennials: The new name for those between Generation X and Millennials
Xennials: The new name for those between Generation X and Millennials

Who qualifies as a Xennial, those caught between Generation X and Millennials?

Paul Hair

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If you were born in the late 70s or early 80s, you’re Gen X or a Millennial. But you’re not a “Xennial,” because there is no such thing.

The gap between one generation of mobile phone and the next may only be a few years, but the same does not apply to human beings. For humans, a generation refers to 20 years, the time it roughly takes for the earliest of those born in that generation to grow into adulthood and to start producing the subsequent generation. (My definition is PERFECT, so I’m not going to argue about it with anyone.)

Thus, there can be no generation that is between 5-10 years in length. It seems silly to have to say this, but some people show they actually believe in such nonsensical things when they talk about nonexistent “Xennials” (see the above video).

For the record, here are how generations should be defined, starting with Baby Boomers.

  • Baby Boomers 1946-1965
  • Generation X: 1966-1985
  • Millennials: 1986-2005
  • Generation Z / Zoomers: 2006-Current

If people don’t like the neat and accurate definitions for generations that I have created, that’s fine. I can accept some variance. But I cannot—indeed, will not—accept any attempt to create a 5-10-year “generation” known as “Xennials.” Such a thing simply does not exist.

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