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We Need To Talk About What The Fuck Happened To Generation Y

Because we're not all just "millennials" now.

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Like lots of people out there, I was born in 1985 — that makes me 30 years old.

Here I am enjoying a Lite-Brite, like many '80s kids did.
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Here I am enjoying a Lite-Brite, like many '80s kids did.

My high school experience looked like this:

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And this:

And THIS:

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Being born during the 1980s and early 1990s, we were told we were "Generation Y."

That, respectably, came after "Generation X."
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That, respectably, came after "Generation X."

We called ourselves "Generation Y" and identified with key aspects of it – like being tech nerds.

Also: discovering grunge music, living through the golden era of The Simpsons, and enjoying the pleasures of jawbreakers.
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Also: discovering grunge music, living through the golden era of The Simpsons, and enjoying the pleasures of jawbreakers.

When OUT OF NOWHERE, someone decided to lump us together with Gen X and Z and call us ALL MILLENNIALS???

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I'm sorry, but no. You can't just take away a whole group of people's collective identities a decade after the fact. We're not Generation X:

As lovely as they are.
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As lovely as they are.

We're NOT Generation Z.

(Good luck to them.)
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(Good luck to them.)

And we're certainly not all "millennials."

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We are Generation Y and WE WANT OUR IDENTITY BACK!

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