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Reasonable People Disagree about the Post-Gen X, Pre-Millennial Generation

Meet Generation Xennial (because no one uses Generation Y), born between 1979 and 1983. Did that timing help or hurt this micro-demographic?

Between Generation X and the Millennials, there’s a group of people currently in their late 20s and early 30s who don’t identify with either label. We call them the Xennials—a micro-generation that serves as a bridge between the disaffection of Gen X and the blithe optimism of Millennials. But why aren’t they as pissed off as Gen X or as confident as Millennials? Are they luckier than both the preceding and following generations? Or did they get screwed that much harder, thanks to a unique combination of developmental milestones and world events? Our authors, born on either end of the four-year-window, disagree.

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Video: We All Want to Be Young

"We All Want to Be Young" attempts to distill the essence of three generations of youth culture.

In the admirable new short form documentary "We All Want to Be Young," the Brazilian research company Box1824—which specializes in "behavioral sciences and consumer trends"—attempts to distill the essence of youth culture in modernity, charting the evolution of cool from the Baby Boomers to Generation X to the Millennials.

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