With two Gen-X sons and a staff of mostly millennials, I recognize their different perspectives. That’s why the designation, Xennial, speaks to me. This micro-generation born between 1977 and 1983 represents a “mix between pessimists and optimists,” according to Australian sociologist Dan Woodman.
Xennials grew up with landlines, pagers and newspapers, not hitting the technology revolution till their 20s. Unlike their younger counterparts, Xennials earn their achievements rather than feeling entitled to them. With the cynicism of Gen-X, they embrace the drive of millennials. Xennials straddle two worlds, being adaptable and empathetic to generations older and younger.
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– Betsie Gambel, The New Orleans 100