An Analog Childhood and a Digital Adulthood

So thanks to societal naming conventions and the need for classification of human beings into groups, often for the sake of statistics and the study of the evolution of society, I am now classified as a “Xennial”.

Now let’s deal with a possible point of confusion: We are talking here about “Xennial”, a noun describing a generational category, and not “Xenial”, which is an adjective describing someone who is friendly, especially to visiting strangers. Of course, a “Xennial” could be “xenial”. With this out of the way, time to leave the quotation marks behind and delve into the subject at hand.

So what are Xennials? Within the construct that is time, they are a sub-generation that straddle Gen Xers (born in the 1960s and 1970s) and Millennials (born in the 1980s and 1990s). Approximately, those born from 1977 to 1983. The word itself was coined by writer Sarah Stankorb, and first appeared in September 2014 in GOOD magazine.

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