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Subject: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: Zelek3 on 12/17/18 at 2:34 am

Now I don't want heavy heart debates on the years of millennials, just tell me when you first heard it.

Me I first heard it in 2013. Finding people who heard Millennial pre-2008 is interesting to me because it's like finding a needle in a haystack, as it was pretty obscure before 2008.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: shadowcookie on 12/17/18 at 4:37 am

Probably 2013 or so too. The term Millennial has been around for at least 27 years. Gen Y was always a lazy moniker.

I feel like the term Millennial started gaining popularity this decade because it's basically became another word for 'young person' and all of the various negative qualities they supposedly possess.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: wsmith4 on 12/17/18 at 5:43 am

The term "minimalist" came around many years ago from people being tired of excess.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: bchris02 on 12/17/18 at 10:53 am

I first heard it back in the early 2000s.  It really started becoming more popular though around the 2008 election.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: 2001 on 12/17/18 at 11:04 am

Around 2012/2013 when the Time article about them came out (but before that).

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: Emman on 12/17/18 at 12:38 pm


I first heard it back in the early 2000s.  It really started becoming more popular though around the 2008 election.


Me too, granted we're on the older side of Millennial( being born in 1985).

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: wsmith4 on 12/17/18 at 12:41 pm


Me too, granted we're on the older side of Millennial( being born in 1985).


You were born in the late 80's so minimalists started sometime in the 70's

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: fusefan on 12/17/18 at 12:46 pm

Probably around 2008-ish? Maybe a little before that. But it wasn’t until around 2012-13 that I noticed it started to be used in favor over “Gen Y” as the term for my generation. 

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: bchris02 on 12/17/18 at 1:37 pm


Me too, granted we're on the older side of Millennial( being born in 1985).


Up until around the mid 2000s, I always thought being born in 1985 made me GenX.  I assumed Millennials were 90s-borns and later.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: BornIn86 on 12/17/18 at 1:50 pm


Me too, granted we're on the older side of Millennial( being born in 1985).


Yep. Me three. The term didn't really really take off until we became a voting bloc.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: BornIn86 on 12/17/18 at 1:52 pm


Up until around the mid 2000s, I always thought being born in 1985 made me GenX.  I assumed Millennials were 90s-borns and later.


Really? I always thought gen x meant the generation before mine.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: mwalker1996 on 12/17/18 at 10:44 pm


Really? I always thought gen x meant the generation before mine.
Yea right 1985 is usually considered gen y since they were born the year the NES dropped in North America and Back to the Future came out so they practically too young to remember most 80s kid fads. It's interesting how 85 borns feel more kin to Gem X culture when 85 was like the quintessential gen x year pop culturally.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: shadowcookie on 12/18/18 at 5:16 am


Yea right 1985 is usually considered gen y since they were born the year the NES dropped in North America and Back to the Future came out so they practically too young to remember most 80s kid fads. It's interesting how 85 borns feel more kin to Gem X culture when 85 was like the quintessential gen x year pop culturally.


People my sister's age (born in 86) always seemed like quintessential millennials to me. Nothing remotely Gen X about them.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: exodus08 on 12/18/18 at 12:50 pm


People my sister's age (born in 86) always seemed like quintessential millennials to me. Nothing remotely Gen X about them.

My sister (born in 85) doesn't feel like a Millennial but doesn't know what she is.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: Tyrannosaurus Rex on 12/18/18 at 2:19 pm


Up until around the mid 2000s, I always thought being born in 1985 made me GenX.  I assumed Millennials were 90s-borns and later.


1985 is the latest birthyear I've seen get called Gen X (I usually hear people claim that 1980 or 1981 is the last Gen X year).

Most people I've seen on the Internet seem to agree that 1986 is the first 100% Millennial birthyear devoid from any Gen X qualities. Not to mention that many stereotypical Millennial celebrities were born in that year (Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, Shia LaBeouf, etc) and it seems to be the first birthyear where people seem to "accept the Millennial label".

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: Tyrannosaurus Rex on 12/18/18 at 2:26 pm


Now I don't want heavy heart debates on the years of millennials, just tell me when you first heard it.

Me I first heard it in 2013. Finding people who heard Millennial pre-2008 is interesting to me because it's like finding a needle in a haystack, as it was pretty obscure before 2008.


More like the hay in the needlestack.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: batfan2005 on 12/18/18 at 7:12 pm

I think it was some time in the late 00's or early 10's. When I first heard it I thought it was synonymous with Generation Z, not Y, since I thought it would be defined as people who were born around the turn of the Millenium. I remember seeing the cover of Time Magazine (or maybe it was Newsweek) about Millennials and had a picture of a girl wearing sunglasses with star shaped frames. I guess that was considered hipster style.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: Philip Eno on 12/19/18 at 12:32 am

I do not know when, but I know where I first heard of Millennials, it was here online with our boards.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: ZeldaFan20 on 12/19/18 at 10:42 am


1985 is the latest birthyear I've seen get called Gen X (I usually hear people claim that 1980 or 1981 is the last Gen X year).

Most people I've seen on the Internet seem to agree that 1986 is the first 100% Millennial birthyear devoid from any Gen X qualities. Not to mention that many stereotypical Millennial celebrities were born in that year (Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, Shia LaBeouf, etc) and it seems to be the first birthyear where people seem to "accept the Millennial label".



If thats the case than I'd say that the generation can be sort of divided like this (in the most broad sense):


Born 1982-1984/1985: Early Millennials (sometime grouped in with Gen X about 30-40% time, grouped with Millennials 60-70% of the time)
  AKA: The High School Classes of 2000-2003

Born 1985/1986-1995/1996: Core Millennials (100%, unequivocally considered Millennials for the most part, for people on the edges it can typically range from 80-90% of the time)
  AKA: The High School Classes of 2004-2014

Born 1996/1997-2000: Late Millennials (sometimes grouped in with Gen Z about 30-40% of the time, grouped with Millennials 60-70% of the time)
  AKA: The High School Classes of 2015-2018


From an objective standpoint, that sounds about right. However, I'm sure one can divide the generation within thirds in various different ways.

This btw using the US Census data regarding the generation:

https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-113.html

So there definitely some credence pertaining to this.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: ZeldaFan20 on 12/19/18 at 10:46 am

To answer the question of the thread, for me I first heard the term around 2012, especially surrounding the 2012 election between Obama & Romney, as they were referencing the young voters at the time as 'Millennials'. I didn't really hear it in real world usage until circa 2014, around when my high school class was graduating high school, and we were referred to as the 'last of the Millennials'. Not something I necessarily agree with, but nonetheless it was rather interesting (& what followed was my interest in generational discussions). Like many users on this forum, I have heard the term Gen Y used countless times throughout childhood & my teenaged years though.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: mwalker1996 on 12/19/18 at 10:55 am

As for my first introduction to word millennial, I say around early 2014 when I was looking up generations online and someone from yahoo answers said: "people born from 1985-2000 are called millennials". I was already familiar with the baby bomber, gen x, and gen y but milllenal was unheard of for me since I always up until that point referred to anyone who grew up in the 90s/early 2000s as Gen Y. It's funny how the word milllenal is so mainstream now that people don't even use Gen Y anymore when talking about the generation after X. I get that you don't want to be another letter generation but the word millennials these days is so pigeonholed to this young 20-something who was raised in middle-class suburbia, who had everything handed to them as kids, 8th place trophies, and are entitled brats. To it alienates a lot of people who didn't grow up like that who are in the age group.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: wsmith4 on 12/19/18 at 12:23 pm

You guys keep spelling it wrong. M-i-n-i-m-a-l-i-s-t.  It means, you like pretty things.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: Zelek3 on 12/19/18 at 12:28 pm


To answer the question of the thread, for me I first heard the term around 2012, especially surrounding the 2012 election between Obama & Romney, as they were referencing the young voters at the time as 'Millennials'. I didn't really hear it in real world usage until circa 2014, around when my high school class was graduating high school, and we were referred to as the 'last of the Millennials'. Not something I necessarily agree with, but nonetheless it was rather interesting (& what followed was my interest in generational discussions). Like many users on this forum, I have heard the term Gen Y used countless times throughout childhood & my teenaged years though.

Since everyone on Facebook nowadays says Millennials are 13 year olds who eat tide pods, your class may as well not even be Millennials at all by 2018 standards, haha. ;D Granted more people are learning about the existence of Gen Z, slowly.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: shadowcookie on 12/19/18 at 12:45 pm



Born 1985/1986-1995/1996: Core Millennials (100%, unequivocally considered Millennials for the most part, for people on the edges it can typically range from 80-90% of the time)
  AKA: The High School Classes of 2004-2014




Never thought I'd see 1995 being classed as a core Millennial year.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: exodus08 on 12/19/18 at 5:47 pm




Never thought I'd see 1995 being classed as a core Millennial year.

I've always thought 1986-1990 were core Millennials.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: 2001 on 12/19/18 at 6:35 pm


I've always thought 1986-1990 were core Millennials.


I thought Millennials were those iPad kids? You are thinking of Gen Y.

move out of the way Sir Billzy, I'm the OG troll.  8)

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: SeaCaptainMan97 on 12/19/18 at 9:39 pm




If thats the case than I'd say that the generation can be sort of divided like this (in the most broad sense):


Born 1982-1984/1985: Early Millennials (sometime grouped in with Gen X about 30-40% time, grouped with Millennials 60-70% of the time)
  AKA: The High School Classes of 2000-2003

Born 1985/1986-1995/1996: Core Millennials (100%, unequivocally considered Millennials for the most part, for people on the edges it can typically range from 80-90% of the time)
  AKA: The High School Classes of 2004-2014

Born 1996/1997-2000: Late Millennials (sometimes grouped in with Gen Z about 30-40% of the time, grouped with Millennials 60-70% of the time)
  AKA: The High School Classes of 2015-2018


From an objective standpoint, that sounds about right. However, I'm sure one can divide the generation within thirds in various different ways.

This btw using the US Census data regarding the generation:

https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-113.html

So there definitely some credence pertaining to this.



Not bad. My list is a bit like yours, with a few alterations.
Here's my own list, with some overview firsthand;

0-8 = Childhood (includes infancy, toddlerhood, play aged, school aged)

9-26 = Youth Period
9-17 = First Half (when one is a minor)
18-26 = Second Half (when one is an adult)
Or
9-14 = Early Youth Period (Tween, Preteen, Early Teen; Late Elementary, Middle School)
15-20 = Core Youth Period (Mid-Late Teens, High School, College Aged, Pre-Drinking Adulthood)
21-26 = Late Youth Period (Early-Mid Twenties, Drinking/Bars/Nightclubs Aged, College/Grad School, Adjusting to Adult Life)
(14-18 = High School Years)

27-53 = Common Parent Age
54-80 = Common Grandparent Age
81-107 = Common Great-Grandparent Age

(all these spans are based on collections of 9-year intervals; 9, 18, 27, 54, and 81 are all divisible by 9)

Here's my list;

1982-1987 (give or take late 1981)
Early Millennials

High School Peak = 1998-2003
Youth Peak = 2000-2005


This cohort consists of the leaders of the Millennial generation. Members of this cohort would've been in high school either on Y2K or on 9/11, or both in the case of the middle members of this cohort (C/O 2002 & 2003). The significance of this being that both Y2K and 9/11 were two of the biggest long-term defining events for the generation. Their early youth periods would've all peaked before Y2K in the mid-late '90s, because of this, they do have some X influences, especially the older members of this cohort, this is to be expected as in every generation, the older members are going to be identical to the younger members of the previous generation. Many in this cohort do take shame in the Millennial label and prefer to identify with X, likely due to the Millennials toxic reputation. They would've been in their late youth period when the Recession got really bad, they were the cohort most directly affected by it. They were also the most directly affected by George W. Bush's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, because of this, they would've been the most vocal supporters of Barack Obama during the 2008 election.
Memorabilia Defining their Core Youth Period;
http://whitgunn.freeservers.com/Davemusic/B/backstreet-boys/backstreets_back.jpghttps://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS09OdsJmYzTskQXMuDlSJdIdiFVwFckA_IOOk1Za6lHe7e1Dvghttp://artist2.cdn107.com/a34/a3488dd0ebbb492cea8166beb2d569a2_lg.pnghttp://rsmg.pbsrc.com/albums/v234/bettynewbie2/Sims%201%20-%20Burb%20house%20makeover/000b_zpsc19521f0.jpg~c200https://dehayf5mhw1h7.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/571/2018/08/23130033/Getty_That70sShowStill_0822-200x200.jpghttps://pastdaily.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Y2K-resize-200x200.jpg
https://adst.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/h.sharifi20130426040031680-200x200.jpghttps://static.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/2060/bushpress120407.jpghttps://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTX5OJYEMGam3bDMIWmBgZId8qY8hSXiWV534UBCgUoPON-ieR7Iwhttps://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS7xZQBd2-cJth4lfYNi1eYC-EZJuVPC6KixK5qfB6Z_Rsy__2Ehttps://e-cdns-images.dzcdn.net/images/cover/632fa55096ecab62a0c2556fa9e958c1/200x200-000000-80-0-0.jpghttps://prodimage.images-bn.com/pimages/0790692074112_p0_v1_s550x406.jpg



1988-1993 (give or take late 1987)
Core Millennials

High School Peak = 2004-2009
Youth Peak = 2006-2011


This cohort consists of the quintessential members of the Millennial generation, the cohort without any X or Z influence at all. They would've all been in elementary school (k-5) on Columbine, the first major event where Millennials made an impact, and they all would've started high school after 9/11, but before the Recession. They are more tech savvy than their Early Millennial counterparts as they would've spent half, more, or all of their high school years in the Broadband Era, and they are the cohort that popularized modern social media in high school, starting with MySpace which became increasingly popular after being bought by News Corp in 2005, and became the first truly successful modern social media website (there was Friendster before, but it never took off like MySpace did). They would've all been the youngest in the workforce during the worst years of the Recession, and were hard hit by it as a result. Youth periods would've peaked during the conclusion of the Bush presidency or early years of Obama's presidency, and overall this cohort would've viewed Bush's legacy as a disastrous failure, the older half of this cohort that were old enough to vote in the 2008 election like their Early Millennial counterparts would've been staunch supporters of Barack Obama, and most of the younger half of this cohort that weren't able to vote in 2008 still rooted for Obama and would've voted for him if they could've, and they still heavily voted Obama over Romney in 2012 when they were able to vote, though with less enthusiasm, especially as a good chunk of them were Ron Paul supporters.
Memorabilia Defining their Core Youth Period;
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https://thumbs.mic.com/ZmJjNTgwYTY1ZiMvNHhGcXkzV0tYYUhUY1owZWxPTWhhM3M4NU9JPS82NTd4MTU5OjIzNDN4MTg0Ni8yMDB4MjAwL2ZpbHRlcnM6Zm9ybWF0KGpwZWcpOnF1YWxpdHkoODApL2h0dHBzOi8vczMuYW1hem9uYXdzLmNvbS9wb2xpY3ltaWMtaW1hZ2VzL3htZGtkYzlnbmlzZGw4cnM0dDJhdXNwanV4eWFuMGs4cjF3eGtnZ25xbHBzZnVocnF6NnRqbXMycHNmOXk0cGMuanBn.jpghttps://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2018/08/29/USAT/4394a240-ce93-4110-8f73-29722b0b2d09-XXX_Obama_2008_dec_4402.JPG?crop=2212,2212,x258,y0&width=200&height=200&fit=boundshttps://hitparade.ch/cdimag/3oh3-dont_trust_me_s.jpghttps://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/masonry/000/254/785/610.jpghttps://cn.opendesktop.org/cache/200x200/img//hive/content-pre1/158295-1.jpghttp://www.arcade3.com/content/icons/Doodle-Jump-icon-4.jpg



1994-1999 (give or take late 1993)
Late Millennials

High School Peak = 2010-2015
Youth Peak = 2012-2017


This cohort consists of the caboose of the Millennial generation. Members of this cohort would've started elementary school after Columbine, and their early youth periods would've peaked after social media was already popular among teens with MySpace, because of this, they do have Z influences, especially the younger half of this cohort that started elementary school after 9/11, though having influences of the succeeding generation is to be expected for the youngest members of a certain generation. They grew up with the internet and are very tech savvy as a result, they all would've started high school after the Recession got really bad, and would've came of age when the economy was recovering and were therefore nowhere near as impacted by it as their Early and Core Millennial counterparts. Their youth peaked in the core years of the 2010s decade, which were years of drastic change in American society that became more hostile and divided, with events such as the Zimmerman trial, rise in mass shootings, the Crimean annexation, the rise of ISIS, and the Trump campaign and election. They would've all graduated high school before Parkland, which was the first major event in which the Plurals or Gen Z made an impact, similar to how Columbine was for the Millennials. This cohort was not in compulsory school for either of those two events.
Memorabilia Defining their Core Youth Period;
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http://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/fc0937862a217af33f2702dadc63da97a8732b1a/c=67-0-468-401/local/-/media/WTSP/WTSP/2014/11/08/635510390649745504-ferguson.JPG?width=200&height=200&fit=crophttps://cdn.japantimes.2xx.jp/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/f-gaymarriage-a-20150628-200x200.jpghttps://e-cdns-images.dzcdn.net/images/cover/4a2458079c0c7e8b1e0091316ab24a81/200x200-000000-80-0-0.jpghttps://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/bc996af7ee1fa9b6f6caa0b4bec042776413068f/c=134-0-446-312/local/-/media/2017/05/25/USATODAY/usatsports/smartphone-2123520_large.jpg?width=200&height=200&fit=crophttps://i-cdn.phonearena.com/images/article/81298-image/Screenshots-show-Siri-is-coming-to-Mac-OS-and-maybe-a-new-icon.jpghttps://gq-images.condecdn.net/image/W62VEP8Drqy/crop/200/square/f/2---Trump-runs.jpg



What do you think?

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: Tyrannosaurus Rex on 12/19/18 at 10:01 pm




If thats the case than I'd say that the generation can be sort of divided like this (in the most broad sense):


Born 1982-1984/1985: Early Millennials (sometime grouped in with Gen X about 30-40% time, grouped with Millennials 60-70% of the time)
  AKA: The High School Classes of 2000-2003

Born 1985/1986-1995/1996: Core Millennials (100%, unequivocally considered Millennials for the most part, for people on the edges it can typically range from 80-90% of the time)
  AKA: The High School Classes of 2004-2014

Born 1996/1997-2000: Late Millennials (sometimes grouped in with Gen Z about 30-40% of the time, grouped with Millennials 60-70% of the time)
  AKA: The High School Classes of 2015-2018


From an objective standpoint, that sounds about right. However, I'm sure one can divide the generation within thirds in various different ways.

This btw using the US Census data regarding the generation:

https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-113.html

So there definitely some credence pertaining to this.


I agree with this.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: Tyrannosaurus Rex on 12/19/18 at 10:06 pm



Not bad. My list is a bit like yours, with a few alterations.
Here's my own list, with some overview firsthand;

0-8 = Childhood (includes infancy, toddlerhood, play aged, school aged)

9-26 = Youth Period
9-17 = First Half (when one is a minor)
18-26 = Second Half (when one is an adult)
Or
9-14 = Early Youth Period (Tween, Preteen, Early Teen; Late Elementary, Middle School)
15-20 = Core Youth Period (Mid-Late Teens, High School, College Aged, Pre-Drinking Adulthood)
21-26 = Late Youth Period (Early-Mid Twenties, Drinking/Bars/Nightclubs Aged, College/Grad School, Adjusting to Adult Life)
(14-18 = High School Years)

27-53 = Common Parent Age
54-80 = Common Grandparent Age
81-107 = Common Great-Grandparent Age

(all these spans are based on collections of 9-year intervals; 9, 18, 27, 54, and 81 are all divisible by 9)

Here's my list;

1982-1987 (give or take late 1981)
Early Millennials

High School Peak = 1998-2003
Youth Peak = 2000-2005


This cohort consists of the leaders of the Millennial generation. Members of this cohort would've been in high school either on Y2K or on 9/11, or both in the case of the middle members of this cohort (C/O 2002 & 2003). The significance of this being that both Y2K and 9/11 were two of the biggest long-term defining events for the generation. Their early youth periods would've all peaked before Y2K in the mid-late '90s, because of this, they do have some X influences, especially the older members of this cohort, this is to be expected as in every generation, the older members are going to be identical to the younger members of the previous generation. Many in this cohort do take shame in the Millennial label and prefer to identify with X, likely due to the Millennials toxic reputation. They would've been in their late youth period when the Recession got really bad, they were the cohort most directly affected by it. They were also the most directly affected by George W. Bush's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, because of this, they would've been the most vocal supporters of Barack Obama during the 2008 election.
Memorabilia Defining their Core Youth Period;
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1988-1993 (give or take late 1987)
Core Millennials

High School Peak = 2004-2009
Youth Peak = 2006-2011


This cohort consists of the quintessential members of the Millennial generation, the cohort without any X or Z influence at all. They would've all been in elementary school (k-5) on Columbine, the first major event where Millennials made an impact, and they all would've started high school after 9/11, but before the Recession. They are more tech savvy than their Early Millennial counterparts as they would've spent half, more, or all of their high school years in the Broadband Era, and they are the cohort that popularized modern social media in high school, starting with MySpace which became increasingly popular after being bought by News Corp in 2005, and became the first truly successful modern social media website (there was Friendster before, but it never took off like MySpace did). They would've all been the youngest in the workforce during the worst years of the Recession, and were hard hit by it as a result. Youth periods would've peaked during the conclusion of the Bush presidency or early years of Obama's presidency, and overall this cohort would've viewed Bush's legacy as a disastrous failure, the older half of this cohort that were old enough to vote in the 2008 election like their Early Millennial counterparts would've been staunch supporters of Barack Obama, and most of the younger half of this cohort that weren't able to vote in 2008 still rooted for Obama and would've voted for him if they could've, and they still heavily voted Obama over Romney in 2012 when they were able to vote, though with less enthusiasm, especially as a good chunk of them were Ron Paul supporters.
Memorabilia Defining their Core Youth Period;
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1994-1999 (give or take late 1993)
Late Millennials

High School Peak = 2010-2015
Youth Peak = 2012-2017


This cohort consists of the caboose of the Millennial generation. Members of this cohort would've started elementary school after Columbine, and their early youth periods would've peaked after social media was already popular among teens with MySpace, because of this, they do have Z influences, especially the younger half of this cohort that started elementary school after 9/11, though having influences of the succeeding generation is to be expected for the youngest members of a certain generation. They grew up with the internet and are very tech savvy as a result, they all would've started high school after the Recession got really bad, and would've came of age when the economy was recovering and were therefore nowhere near as impacted by it as their Early and Core Millennial counterparts. Their youth peaked in the core years of the 2010s decade, which were years of drastic change in American society that became more hostile and divided, with events such as the Zimmerman trial, rise in mass shootings, the Crimean annexation, the rise of ISIS, and the Trump campaign and election. They would've all graduated high school before Parkland, which was the first major event in which the Plurals or Gen Z made an impact, similar to how Columbine was for the Millennials. This cohort was not in compulsory school for either of those two events.
Memorabilia Defining their Core Youth Period;
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What do you think?


I see that a lot with 1982 and 1983 borns. I see it happen with some 1984 and 1985 borns, but it isn't as common. I have never seen that in 1986 and especially 1987 borns.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: Tyrannosaurus Rex on 12/19/18 at 10:12 pm




Never thought I'd see 1995 being classed as a core Millennial year.


1994-1996 borns seem to almost be entirely viewed as Millennials these days, whereas five years ago, not so much.

It is very likely that 1958-1960 is the Baby Boomer equivalent of 1994-1996.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: mwalker1996 on 12/20/18 at 1:37 am


1994-1996 borns seem to almost be entirely viewed as Millennials these days, whereas five years ago, not so much.

It is very likely that 1958-1960 is the Baby Boomer equivalent of 1994-1996.
True, especially for us 96 borns. We always felt like little kids amoung the early 90s borns since we were only babies in the 90s.  We always got made fun of for not being 90s kids now flashfoward you got kids wishing they were born in the 96.  80s borns consider us apart of their genenetation which was definitely not the case 5-10 years ago. Us mid-90s borns are synonymous with the term millennial despite us having significant gen z traits.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: Tyrannosaurus Rex on 12/20/18 at 11:42 am


I've always thought 1986-1990 were core Millennials.


They're probably the most stereotypical Millennial birth years.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: SeaCaptainMan97 on 12/20/18 at 5:21 pm


They're probably the most stereotypical Millennial birth years.


I personally disagree.
Not only for the mathematical basis (that when dividing the 1982-1999 cohort into three you get 1982-1987, 1988-1993, and 1994-1999), but also for a technological and pop cultural basis as well.
1986 I feel is too early to be a "core millennial", they seem much more like early Millennials, with youths closer to that of someone born in 1982 than to 1990.
Most of them graduated high school in May/June 2004, at the tail end of the dial up era, and because of this, they were already out of high school by the time the Razr, DS, and PSP all came out and when social media started becoming popular with MySpace being bought by News Corp. 1986 borns were part of the AOL youth, along with those born 1982-1985, whereas the core Millennials born around 1990 were part of the MySpace youth.
I'd also say 1987 is more of an early Millennial than a core Millennial as well, again not just because of the mathematical basis, but also because most of them graduated high school in May/June 2005, and it was in July 2005 when MySpace was bought by News Corp. 1988 borns were seniors in high school when MySpace really started becoming popular as well as when YouTube started getting popular with the success of the Lonely Island's "Lazy Sunday", 1988 or Late 1987 overall I believe is where the core or quintessential cohort of the Millennials should begin since they were truly the guinea pigs of modern social media.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: Tyrannosaurus Rex on 12/20/18 at 6:11 pm


I personally disagree.
Not only for the mathematical basis (that when dividing the 1982-1999 cohort into three you get 1982-1987, 1988-1993, and 1994-1999), but also for a technological and pop cultural basis as well.
1986 I feel is too early to be a "core millennial", they seem much more like early Millennials, with youths closer to that of someone born in 1982 than to 1990.
Most of them graduated high school in May/June 2004, at the tail end of the dial up era, and because of this, they were already out of high school by the time the Razr, DS, and PSP all came out and when social media started becoming popular with MySpace being bought by News Corp. 1986 borns were part of the AOL youth, along with those born 1982-1985, whereas the core Millennials born around 1990 were part of the MySpace youth.
I'd also say 1987 is more of an early Millennial than a core Millennial as well, again not just because of the mathematical basis, but also because most of them graduated high school in May/June 2005, and it was in July 2005 when MySpace was bought by News Corp. 1988 borns were seniors in high school when MySpace really started becoming popular as well as when YouTube started getting popular with the success of the Lonely Island's "Lazy Sunday", 1988 or Late 1987 overall I believe is where the core or quintessential cohort of the Millennials should begin since they were truly the guinea pigs of modern social media.


It seems that there are some "changes" every six years or so:

1958 - the first year with birth rate declines; arguably this makes them the first with any Generation X influence.

1964 - the first group of people that were born after JFK was assassinated and the first to still be at high school when MTV was launched. Additionally, many argue that these were the first people to "not really get into disco".

1970 - the first group of people born in the 70's

1976 - the first group of people that spent the majority of his/her high school years when grunge was popular and the first to graduate high school after Kurt Cobain's suicide

1982 - the first group of people to graduate high school after Y2K

1988 - the first group of people to be into the emo subculture and likely also the first to not really get into the AOL stuff.

1994 -  the first group of people that weren't at elementary school when the Columbine shooting took place - this makes them the first with any Generation Z influence

2000 - the first group of people with a birthyear beginning with a "2" , the first group of people with absolutely zero memories of a pre-9/11 world, and also the first to graduate high school after the solidification of Generation Z's identity as a generation with Fortnite, tide pods, the Parkland shooting, and "Gen Z yellow". Additionally, they were the first group of people born after the Internet usage rates hit 50% along with the first group of people graduating high school after the worldwide Internet usage hits 50%.

There is an interesting pattern here - it seems that most of the dog (1958, 1970, 1982, 1994) and dragon (1964, 1976, 1988, 2000) years have more "firsts" than "lasts".

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: SeaCaptainMan97 on 12/20/18 at 7:51 pm


It seems that there are some "changes" every six years or so:

1958 - the first year with birth rate declines; arguably this makes them the first with any Generation X influence.

1964 - the first group of people that were born after JFK was assassinated and the first to still be at high school when MTV was launched. Additionally, many argue that these were the first people to "not really get into disco".

1970 - the first group of people born in the 70's

1976 - the first group of people that spent the majority of his/her high school years when grunge was popular and the first to graduate high school after Kurt Cobain's suicide

1982 - the first group of people to graduate high school after Y2K

1988 - the first group of people to be into the emo subculture and likely also the first to not really get into the AOL stuff.

1994 -  the first group of people that weren't at elementary school when the Columbine shooting took place - this makes them the first with any Generation Z influence

2000 - the first group of people with a birthyear beginning with a "2" , the first group of people with absolutely zero memories of a pre-9/11 world, and also the first to graduate high school after the solidification of Generation Z's identity as a generation with Fortnite, tide pods, the Parkland shooting, and "Gen Z yellow". Additionally, they were the first group of people born after the Internet usage rates hit 50% along with the first group of people graduating high school after the worldwide Internet usage hits 50%.

There is an interesting pattern here - it seems that most of the dog (1958, 1970, 1982, 1994) and dragon (1964, 1976, 1988, 2000) years have more "firsts" than "lasts".


When karameling your comment, I accidentally repasted the same comment I gave to jessica-ann lol.
Just letting anyone know who clicks on the post I gave you the karamel on.

I'll give a detailed reply to your main point later on.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: Dundee on 12/20/18 at 7:55 pm


It seems that there are some "changes" every six years or so:

1958 - the first year with birth rate declines; arguably this makes them the first with any Generation X influence.

1964 - the first group of people that were born after JFK was assassinated and the first to still be at high school when MTV was launched. Additionally, many argue that these were the first people to "not really get into disco".

1970 - the first group of people born in the 70's

1976 - the first group of people that spent the majority of his/her high school years when grunge was popular and the first to graduate high school after Kurt Cobain's suicide

1982 - the first group of people to graduate high school after Y2K

1988 - the first group of people to be into the emo subculture and likely also the first to not really get into the AOL stuff.

1994 -  the first group of people that weren't at elementary school when the Columbine shooting took place - this makes them the first with any Generation Z influence

2000 - the first group of people with a birthyear beginning with a "2" , the first group of people with absolutely zero memories of a pre-9/11 world, and also the first to graduate high school after the solidification of Generation Z's identity as a generation with Fortnite, tide pods, the Parkland shooting, and "Gen Z yellow". Additionally, they were the first group of people born after the Internet usage rates hit 50% along with the first group of people graduating high school after the worldwide Internet usage hits 50%.

There is an interesting pattern here - it seems that most of the dog (1958, 1970, 1982, 1994) and dragon (1964, 1976, 1988, 2000) years have more "firsts" than "lasts".

I like how you make some hilariously obvious statements about the birth years, with the exception of 2000 where you go all out on it.

"1970 - the first group of people born in the 70's" I exploded ;D ;D
Funniest post I've read in a while

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: BornIn86 on 12/20/18 at 8:36 pm


I like how you make some hilariously obvious statements about the birth years, with the exception of 2000 where you go all out on it.

"1970 - the first group of people born in the 70's" I exploded ;D ;D
Funniest post I've read in a while


Right.  ;D Usually, whenever I'm reading people's interpretation lists, I try to understand the logic behind the list in order to find something insightful but the first one raised a factual red flag and then I read the third and was like "is TRex a fking idiot? They've never raised any red flags like this before. Wtf?"

I forgave the 1964 "fact" because...well...it sounded right.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: Richbrings2life on 12/21/18 at 3:26 pm

https://factsandtrends.net/2018/03/05/the-last-millennial-was-born-in-1996/

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: shadowcookie on 12/22/18 at 3:04 am


https://factsandtrends.net/2018/03/05/the-last-millennial-was-born-in-1996/


This is important:

and the youngest and oldest within a commonly defined cohort may feel more in common with bordering generations than the one to which they are assigned

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: ZeldaFan20 on 12/22/18 at 10:31 am


Right.  ;D Usually, whenever I'm reading people's interpretation lists, I try to understand the logic behind the list in order to find something insightful but the first one raised a factual red flag and then I read the third and was like "is TRex a fking idiot? They've never raised any red flags like this before. Wtf?"

I forgave the 1964 "fact" because...well...it sounded right.

I like how you make some hilariously obvious statements about the birth years, with the exception of 2000 where you go all out on it.

"1970 - the first group of people born in the 70's" I exploded ;D ;D
Funniest post I've read in a while


Guys you don't have to be dicks about it >:(. it looked like he deactivated his account, so I'm not sure if this was necessarily the catalyst or not...

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: Tim2002 on 12/22/18 at 10:31 am

I first heard the term in 2015 when I Google searched "born in 2002" and found this article.

https://www.upworthy.com/if-you-were-born-between-1982-and-2002-theres-stuff-you-should-know-about-you-and-your-awesomeness-mo2-6c

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: unicornic on 12/22/18 at 1:25 pm

I heard it in 2015/2016 I think

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: exodus08 on 12/22/18 at 3:57 pm

Early or Mid 10s I think.

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: Richbrings2life on 12/22/18 at 5:54 pm

https://www.google.com/amp/www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/03/01/defining-generations-where-millennials-end-and-post-millennials-begin/%3famp=1

Subject: Re: When did you first hear millennial?

Written By: BornIn86 on 12/22/18 at 6:38 pm

Hey, Y'all. Apparently, there is a lot of controversy surrounding my last post.

First I'd to make it clear that I was in no way critiquing T-Rex post. I honestly thought it was a joke post that I initially thought was a none joke. My post was retelling of my impressions and my train of thought.

Now I've come to realize...maybe it wasn't a joke post. Maybe it was earnest. If that's the case, I would have just kept my thoughts to myself and moved on without making a comment.

Anyway. I'd like to apologize for any misunderstandings and whatever stupid mistakes I made. If anyone feels less welcomed on this board because of me, just please ignore me. I'm not that serious.  :(

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