Generation Y are not just younger versions of Generation X. Generation X look at Generation Y and see themselves. Gen X don’t see themselves as old, so when they look at younger men and women they resonate with much of their youthful exuberance. The consequence is that Gen X see an idealized younger version of themselves in Gen Y and treat Gen Y as if they are just younger Gen X’ers. In reality, Gen Y have been formed by a very different world to the world of Gen X’s youth.
The upper threshold of when we no longer consider an individual a “youth” is 35. As Generational theory has been accepted and gained understanding we have seen several labels rise that cover this group, and the cohort under them. For clarity sake it is useful to consider what these labels mean and where they have originated. GENERATION Y The most common label in use. The defining characteristic of this label is that it doesn’t actually reference anything particular in this gr