Generation Y vs. Generation X

A Millennialist (otherwise known as Generation Y) is anyone born after 1980. They are characterized as being extremely tech savvy- they are more knowledgeable about  the internet and computers than their parents as well as their teachers. This knowledge contributes to the way that families contact and keep in touch with each other, as well as how young people learn in the classroom (Julie Coates).

According to NAS Insights, other characteristics of the Millennialist include:

  • Adapatability
  • Ability to grasp new concepts
  • Good at multi-tasking
  • Tolerant

In addition to the above pros, Millennialists also possess cons/ undesirable traits. Some of these are listed below:

  • Impatient
  • Blunt and Expressive
  • Skeptical

Sometimes referred to as the “Lost Generation”, the Generation Xer is the group of individuals who were born in the generational period directly before Millennialist (they were born between 1965 and 1980) and are generally individualistic and were often raised in homes where their parents were workaholics. Children raised during this time period are often referred to as “Latch Key Kids” (NAS 2006).

Some claim that Generation Y will become just like the “Lost Generation”, they say that they will experience many hardships such as divorce and the mistakes of this previous generation will repeat onto them  like a curse. In retaliation against these claims, AARP sponsored this message:


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