Generations X, Y, and Z: Which One Are You?

Generations X, Y, and Z: Which One Are You?

Since you’re on the Internet right now you’ve probably already noticed that this space is pretty much dominated by a younger crowd. You’ve likely heard them referred to as “Millennials”. Or is it Gen Z? And how are they different from Generations X and Y? And how can you make heads or tails of which one you belong to, and what defines your generation?
According sociologist Karl Mannheim, it all comes down to “generational location,” meaning that all members of a generation share a similar collective experience.

The five generations 0:57
The Traditionalist generation 1:49
The Baby Boomers 2:30
The Gen Y 3:24
The Millenials 4:30
The Gen Z 5:31
What Millennials and Centennials have in common 6:35


-As of now, there are five living generations in the US: the Traditionalists, who were born before 1945. Then there’s the Baby Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964. Anyone born between 1965 and 1979 are considered Generation X, while Millennials, or Gen Y, were born between 1980 and 1995. Finally, there’s Gen Z, or Centennials, who were born from 1996 to the present.
-Most Traditionalists value hard work, commitment, and practicality, and they don’t like to be wasteful.
-Boomers started out liberal, when they were involved in all the political and social movements, but then grew more conservative as they aged.
-Gen X got to experience the aftermath of all the changes the Boomers made. The use of computers also took off during these years, making Gen X more entrepreneurial than their parents and grandparents.
-Other generations complain that Millennials are selfish, entitled, narcissistic, addicted to their phones, lazy, impatient, impulsive, overly sensitive, weak-willed, and the name-calling goes on and on.
-Gen Z also tends to value collaboration more, in both school and work. They have a very different relationship with digital devices than previous generations.
-Millennials and Centennials share the most similarities and collective experiences out of all the living generations, so there’s a lot of debate about the exact range for each of them.


21 Replies to “Generations X, Y, and Z: Which One Are You?”

  1. I was born in 2000, so I’m definitely a part of Gen Z. However, having parents born in the late sixties as well as growing up in a conservative and low-income household, I find my experiences to be much more similar to that of millennials than other Gen Z-ers. Like they said in the video, I obviously don’t remember the events of 2001, but my family also didn’t have a computer in the home or internet access until I was 9 or 10, more comparable to many millennials than children born today who are so much more submersed in technology.

  2. The internet became really big for millennials in their teen years, which is like the absolute WORST time for something so life changing and complex to get big. We didn't know how to handle it, that's why we're considered such a messed up, crazy generation. Hopefully Gen Z can handle this stuff better than we did, but looking at the state of the internet right now I'm not so sure…

  3. Interesting that the descriptors for Millennials (selfish, entitled, narcissistic, ect) matches word for word from a speech given by Simon Sinek on the topic of Millennials in the workplace.

  4. My kids born in 1979 and 1982 do not identify with people born in the 1960's or really even the 1970's.

  5. So I'm a gen z, huh… Good, I'd rather be apart of the generation that eats Tide Pods instead being apart of the generation that gets triggered when someone says there is only two genders, which in fact there is only two genders.

  6. Technically, I'm not any of the "letter generations", I'm a Boomer (b. 1958). But I really feel more akin to a lot Gen X than to my fellow Boomers.

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