Anyone who looks under the age of 25 gets slapped with the label of millennial. It’s an adjective that has gotten thrown around so much that the understanding of who qualifies as a millennial is forgotten. Not everyone who has an affinity for avocado toast and the color pink is a millennial.
According to Pew Research Center, Millennials are people born between 1981 and 1996. So right now Millennials are between the ages of 37 and 22. Most Millennials are out of college and are out in the working world right now. They aren’t high schoolers or even college students.
So what is the new generation of post-Millennials called?
Well, Pew Research has yet to define them, but the internet has collectively started to call them Generation Z.
Defined by The New York Times, Generation Z consists of anyone who was born in 1997 to 2015. This age gap is 18 years, while the Millennials age gap is only 15 years. Pew says that the age range within generations varies so this isn’t abnormal. The biggest age range is Baby Boomers. That generation stretches out for 19 years.
The NYT also asked Generation Z what they would call themselves and the answers varied. iGeneration, Post-Millennials, and Generation Homeland were all suggestions.
Lumping Gen Z and Millennials together is just lazy. They have such different childhood and upbringing considering technology. Millennials watched the world change into a social media internet frenzy, while Gen Z kids were simply born into it.
Give it a few more years until a million and one reports are published on how Generation Z is ruining every market in the world. But don’t worry Generation Z already has their Millennial Pink color picked out. It’s called Gen Z Yellow.