April 19th, 2008
|alicornmoon||06:59 pm - Generation X?|
I was wondering is our year generation x or y ? Y seems to be labeled as always having had computers and I know that is not true of most of us :\
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|Date:||April 20th, 2008 11:39 am (UTC)|| |
I think generation X ends somewhere around the late 70s so we're probably generation Y.
I've had a computer of some sort or another since I was five years old, but then I'm also a massive nerd.
I'm so glad someone asked this question because I've wondered the same thing! I've tried googling it in the past and really didnt get a good answer because the results were contradicting. Personally, I hope we're not Y because they seem to have a pretty bad rep. (I know each generation has its flaws but Y has a LOT) but also Y goes so far into the 90s that I don't think our "generation" should be catagorized with people so much younger than us. The little research I found (a least a couple years ago now) said X ended in like 82....grr! Anyway, hope more people respond and give more perspective, I would really like to know too.
Secondary comment, personal computers were not always available for our "generation". We had typewriters but not computers (not for the average-income home).
I've always thought we were Y, since the Xers are in their 30s now and we're in our 20s, so it makes sense from that perspective. Not sure about the computers thing, though we did have them early on... I used my first laptop when I was 12, and of course computers were kicking around all over the place before that, too.
I'm pretty sure we're also referred to as the "MTV generation."
Despite having turned 18 in 2001 (and 21 in 2004), I find I have very VERY little in common with people born six or more years younger than me. A relate a lot more to people ten years older. I don't agree with how they divide up the generations. I definitely identify more with Generation X than Y, but perhaps people born between 1980 and 1988 should be a different generation, or different years to that. It's a tricky thing to define. There's people born before 1982 that had computers from a young age and there's people in the world that STILL have never used a computer... so stuff like that make it hard to group people together in a generational sense.
At least we can remember the late eighties. There's adults now for whom the eighties don't register in their memories at all. And I started seriously buying CDs in 1996 whereas others in "Generation Y" didn't start until 2000 and after, if at all because of downloading.
And maybe there should be sub-generations, or divisions within generations. Perhaps we can be Generation Xv2 or Y.80 or just Generation 1983.