People of a certain age on Twitter are reeling in the wake of learning they’re classed as, in the eyes of some, ‘geriatric millennials’.
Easily not the most flattering term we’ll hear today, a Medium article on the subject has made major waves and spread the term far and wide.
But a lot of the so-called geriatric millennials aren’t having it – which is pretty understandable.
Some members of this micro-generation are perhaps more politely also referred to as xennials, who are cuspers similar to zillennials.
Confused? Don’t worry, we’ll straighten it out for you…
What are geriatric millennials?
According to the Medium article, titled Why the Hybrid Workforce of the Future Depends on the ‘Geriatric Millennial’, geriatric millennials are people born between 1980-1985.
Members of this micro-generation are comfortable with tech even though they’re arguably not quite as digitally savvy as some of their younger counterparts.
Some older geriatric millennials also count as cuspers (more on that below).
If you’d rather not offend them, you can refer to them as xennials (a portmanteau of gen X and millennials) or, if walking to Americans, The Oregon Trail generation – with The Oregon Trail being a classic computer game that came out in 1985 that many people of that age fondly remember playing.
However, technically xennials/The Oregon Trail generation generally range from those born in 1977-1983 – but we won’t begrudge you those two extra years if you want to avoid the ‘geriatric’ title.
What is a cusper?
A cusper is someone born on the cusp of a new generation, rather than firmly in the middle.
Date ranges for generations can vary slightly depending on what source you refer to, and cuspers are born in a bit of a grey area – not firmly identifying with one gen or another.
What is a zillennial?
Another cusper micro-gen, zillennials are, according to Urban Dictionary, made up of people born around three years after the start of Gen Z and three years before the end of the millenial age bracket.
Depending on who you ask, the age range includes people born between roughly 1992/3-1998.
Stuck between two worlds, they belong to both and neither.
Some of these guys will have no trouble shunning skinny jeans and side partings, while others will have maintained their more millennial (aka cheugy) tastes and habits like collecting trainers, straightening their hair, Pandora jewellery and going to Disneyland.
Feeling like it’s a lot to take in? Stressing that people are calling you geriatric at the ripe old age of 36?
Don’t worry – everything you are cannot simply be defined by the year you were born.
At the end of the day, when you consider that time in the modern sense is little more than a capitalist construct which dictates when we work, rest and play, it all starts to feel a little arbitrary, doesn’t it?
Age comes for us all, time takes no prisoners, and we’ll all be properly geriatric soon enough, so don’t stress it.
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