When does Gen X end and Gen Y begin?

When does Gen X end and Gen Y begin?

There was a comment on a blog I was reading yesterday (sorry forgot which blog) asking what is the dividing time between Gen X and Gen Y. I thought this was a great questions. I always thought I was Gen X until recently then I started seeing things that made me think that I am Gen Y.

Today I set out to figure out the truth. So when exactly does Gen X end and Gen Y begin? In short: no one knows.

Generation Y or Echo boomers are terms that designate a cohort of people born immediately after “Generation X.” It is one of several terms (including The Millennials and the The Internet Generation) used to describe the same group. There is much dispute as to the exact range of birth years that constitutes “Generation Y” and whether this term is specific to North America, the Anglophone world, or people worldwide. The only consensus, by way of its relation to the term “Generation X,” is that those born in Generation Y must follow Generation X. – Wikipedia

So my question is, why is there a big media push about Gen Y when there is not an exact line between X & Y. Maybe I am missing something?


I was born in 1982, according to …

  • List of Generations – I am Gen X (1974 – 1985)
  • American Associations of Law Libraries – I am Gen Y
    “Generation Y are variable — dates ranging as widely as 1979 through 1994 and 1982 though 2000 have been used.”
  • USA Today – I am Gen Y
    “There is no consensus over the exact birth dates that define Gen Y, also known by some as echo boomers and millennials. But the broadest definition generally includes the more than 70 million Americans born 1977 to 2002. Generation X was born roughly 1965 to 1976.
    Narrower definitions put Gen Yers as those ages 16 to 27, born from 1978 to 1989.”
  • NAS – I am Gen Y
    “With those born between 1977 and
    1994 included”
  • eWeek – I am Gen Y
    “Generation Y, made up of those born between 1977 and 1990”
  • select appointments – I am Gen Y
    “This generation, which is characterized with birth dates between 1980 and 1994”

I have decided of all of the definitions I like this one the best.

XY Cusp, also known as the MTV Generation or Doom Generation, was caught between the end of Generation X and start of Generation Y, mainly living out their childhood through the 80s and teen years in the mid-90s. This generation was influenced by the launch of MTV, the popularization of Web technology circa ’95, segmented musical tastes, the evolution of 80s glam fashions into grunge and the remainder of Generation X, many of whom were older siblings. (1975-1985). – answers.com

So since apparently you can decide when generation you belong to based on which source you look at I am going to use XY Cusp because it sounds more fun. A little interesting tidbit I noticed, on answers.com’s list of generations there are two different sets of dates that contradict each other listed on the same page.

What do you call yourself?

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MC73
MC73

Gen Y or Millennials end in 1992. The Information Generation or iGen begins for those born after "Connect Day" of 1992, but born before 9/11. These are people who have never lived life without online access open to the general public.  As to when Gen Y began, I've heard the defining element is that you came of age during the first decade of the New Millennium. So, if you turned 18-21 between 2000/2001-2009, you are Gen Y. When it comes to Gen X, a college professor of mine once said that began for people born after the passing of the Civil Rights Act and the beginning of the Western Cultural Revolution. So, mid-'60's. Hope that helps.

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