We are a unique generation. We are a generation of four leaf clovers. We are snowflakes, pretty, unique little snowflakes with mustaches and weird, unpredictable spending habits. We are the first generation to straddle the digital era. A good chunk of us remember dial-up internet and disposable cameras, while others of us were born with digital utility belts and can easily probe the deepest secrets of the newest gadgets without so much as cracking the plastic wrap on the instruction manual.
It is time to answer this question once and for all. I will make it as precise as possible as to avoid any further debate or confusion. If you were born between January 1, 1980 at 12:00am and December 31, 1999 at 11:59pm eastern standard time, you belong to the Millennial generation. If you born before this window you are a gen Xer and are old enough to gleefully segregate yourself from us lazy, narcissistic Millennials. If you were born after this time window you are too young for anybody to really care about. You are insignificant as of now, but by the time you become economically noteworthy, we will be sure to name you, label you worse than us, and blame you for things you don’t fully understand.
This time frame makes the most sense for the Millennial generation. First of all, it is nice and round numbers, 1980 – 2000, which is great because we are lazy and math is hard. This means that today the oldest Millennial is in his early thirties and the youngest is still in high school. We are a gloriously diverse group. Though it may take us time to gain traction, the world will be better off once we do.