We were the babies who grew up without the internet and went on to find online jobs.
If you were born between 1977 and 1983, you belong to a group being re-defined as Xennials.
We had analogue childhoods, wedged between Gen X and Millennials, and adapted to a digital revolution in adulthood.
Xennials are a mix between the so-called pessimistic Gen X and optimistic Millennials, says TR Ashworth Associate Professor of Sociology at The University of Melbourne, Dan Woodman.
“The idea is there’s this micro or in-between generation between the Gen X group – who we think of as the depressed flannelette-shirt-wearing, grunge-listening children that came after the Baby Boomers and the Millennials – who get described as optimistic, tech savvy and maybe a little bit too sure of themselves and too confident,” Professor Woodman told Mamamia.
Woodman is a Xennial, born in 1980, and during his Canberran high school years he memorised landline phone numbers and watched prime-time TV.
Although he warns an entire cohort of people won’t have one value set or one set of dispositions, Xennials did grow up during a unique time.