If you were born in the mid- to late-'90s, then you know what it's like to be sandwiched between two pretty distinct (and sometimes opposing) generations: millennials and Gen Z.
Your childhood was split between the '90s and '00s. You grew up alongside the revolution of digital tech and computers. And you can relate to and cringe at both millennials and Gen Z. You're a Zillennial.
So, we recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community born between 1994 and 2000 to tell us how they'd define the Zillennial generation, and they painted a pretty clear picture.
If your childhood involved most of these things, then congratulations, you're officially a Zillennial.
Below are the things they shared. So, without further ado, Zillennials, when you were a kid, you...
1.Had VHS tapes, but also owned a VCR, DVD player, and game console all at the same time.
2.Used dial-up internet...
3.Played with Polly Pocket, Bratz, Betty Spaghetty, Pixel Chix, and My Scene dolls.
4."Learned" how to use Microsoft Office at school.
5.Started elementary school with an iMacG3 in the classroom, then graduated high school with an iPad at home.
6.Actually hung up your corded landlines.
7.Carried a Walkman, an MP3 player, and then all of the iPods.
8.Had one family computer (and printer) at home.
9.Watched what are now classic and iconic videos online when YouTube first started.
10.Owned flip phones or phones with physical QWERTY keyboards.
11.Made a Myspace account in elementary or middle school (Top 8!!!), then a Facebook account later.
12.Shopped at Limited Too before it became Justice.
13.Watched "older" Disney shows like Lizzie McGuire and "newer" ones like The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.
14.Vaguely remember 9/11, but don't have an elaborate "where were you" story because you were, at most, in elementary school.
15.Burned mix CDs.
16.Played with and on Webkinz.
17.Were sort of taught cursive, but then never used it.
18.Took care of your beloved Tamagotchi...
19.Played CD-ROM games and drew on Microsoft Paint for fun.
20.Remember Fred. Unfortunately? Affectionately?
21.Watched movies on portable DVD players.
22.Used Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 in school.
23.Spent a majority of your childhood playing outside and a majority of your teen years behind a screen.
24.Learned how to use floppy disks before flash drives took over.
25.Manually rolled up car windows as a kid before electric windows were a standard thing.
26.And, lastly, you bounced on (or wanted to bounce on) Moon Shoes.
Sound like your childhood? If you're a Zillennial, let us know if you agree or what we missed. Share in the comments below!
Share This Article
Take a trip down memory lane that’ll make you feel nostalgia AF