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Zillennials: The New Kids on The Block

Updated: Jun 1, 2023

The newest micro-generation now has a name: zillennial.


Three teenage girls

The term millennial (also known as Generation Y) refers to anyone born between 1981 and 1996, and Gen Z refers to anyone born from 1997 through 2012, according to the Pew Research Center.

Along the blurry edge at the cusp of the two generations, between Gen Y and Z, is where zillennials live. Unfamiliar with the term? It’s a tiny group.


“Zillennials refer to a small cohort born between the early 1990s and the early 2000s,” said Deborah Carr, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Innovation in Social Science at Boston University. “They’re on the cusp of Gen Z and millennial, thus the mash-up label of zillennial.”


Zillennials were born roughly between 1992 and 2002, but there isn’t one consistent cut off point that experts agree on, Carr said.


The different ways generations grow up with and use technology is a strong delineator in defining generations. Zillennials straddle the generations of millennials, who are considered digital pioneers, and Gen Z, who are considered digital natives who never knew life before screens.


So, now you know!

 
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