[Generation Z] When do you think Generation Z starts or is at least the cusp spans?

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    When do you think Generation Z starts or is at least the cusp spans?

    I have been curious about generations since my Millennial teacher last year in US History II in sophomore year called our class "Millennials" and then a classmate said that we were "Gen Z". I have never heard the term before in my life. I always thought that I was a Millennial. I was born in 2002. I started getting interested and stated looking at numerous forums like these and found that there are numerous sources that consider us Gen Z and Millennials, but majority say we are Gen Z.

    I think Gen Z would start in 1999 and end in 2014, with the cusp being from 1997 to 2000.
    Off-cusp Gen Z is 2001-2012.
    Early Gen Z is 2001-2003
    Core Gen Z is 2004-2009 (2006 and 2007 would be the absolute peak)
    Late Gen Z is 2010-2012

    The Y/Z cusp transition is born in 1994-2003
    Older Y/Z cusps are 1994-1996 (Late Millennial)
    The Ultimate Y/Z cusps are 1997-2000
    Younger Y/Z cusps are 2001-2003 (Early Gen Z)

    Overall, I think 1993 born are Core Millennial and 2004 is Core Z, but if I was to extend the cusp to the longest, then it would go up to 1993-2004, since some credible sources consider Gen Z to start at 1993 (Canada Statistics) at the earliest and the Millennial generation at 2004 at the latest (Strauss and Howe, Harvard).

    1993-1996 would be the older cusp (Late Millennial), since most sources consider them Millennial years.
    1997-2000 would be core cusp (Y/Z), since a lot sources like Pew Research Center end Gen Y at 1996 and start Gen Z at 1997, and a lot of sources like the US Census Bureau end Gen Y at 2000 and start Gen Z.
    2001-2004 would be younger cusp (Early Gen Z), since most sources consider them Generation Z years.

    1993-1998 lean Millennial and 1999-2004 lean Gen Z.

    1988-1992 are pure Millennial years and 2005-2008 are pure Gen Z years
    The widest the X/Y transition could go is 1976-1987, but I usually think it's 1977-1986, with 1976 being Core Gen X and 1987 being Core Millennial.
    The Boomer/X cusp would be 1958-1969.

    I know this is too much but what do you think?
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    I was born in 2002 too (April 21), but I dont think this is entirely accurate.

    1997-2002 Early Z
    2003-2007 Core Z
    2008-2012 Late Z

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    Quote Originally Posted by q543frodomar View Post
    I was born in 2002 too (April 21), but I dont think this is entirely accurate.

    1997-2002 Early Z
    2003-2007 Core Z
    2008-2012 Late Z
    So do you use the 1997-2012 definition of Gen Z? I think this is one of my favorite and most accurate definitions of Gen Z. I really don't like the 1995-2009 version of Gen Z, though. However I think that Gen Z is 1999-2014, just two years later than the 1997-2012 definition.

    In your interpretation, do you think that Early Z is the cohort that has majority Z traits and minor Y traits, Core Z is the true group of Gen Z with 100% Z traits and no Y or Alpha traits whatsoever, and Late Z is the group that has majority Z traits and minor Alpha traits?
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    Generation Z

    Quote Originally Posted by q543frodomar View Post
    I was born in 2002 too (April 21), but I dont think this is entirely accurate.

    1997-2002 Early Z
    2003-2007 Core Z
    2008-2012 Late Z
    Yep, this has always been my inclination. Personally, I was born in 1999 and consider myself a part of the eldest portion of Gen Z as I have always identified much more with the Gen Z outlook than any Millennial outlook. Not to rain on their parade or anything, but I don't think they or older generations have realized that most Millennials are well into their 30's and integrated into the workplace right now. Our 20-somethings are mostly, if not all, the upper part of the Gen Z group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cocoa Puff View Post
    So do you use the 1997-2012 definition of Gen Z? I think this is one of my favorite and most accurate definitions of Gen Z. I really don't like the 1995-2009 version of Gen Z, though. However I think that Gen Z is 1999-2014, just two years later than the 1997-2012 definition.

    In your interpretation, do you think that Early Z is the cohort that has majority Z traits and minor Y traits, Core Z is the true group of Gen Z with 100% Z traits and no Y or Alpha traits whatsoever, and Late Z is the group that has majority Z traits and minor Alpha traits?
    Yes, I do consider it like that.

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    I'd say it begins around 1994 or 1995. To me Millennial means people born during the 80s and the first few years of the 90s.

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    1995
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    Quote Originally Posted by oreocheesecake View Post
    1990
    Haha, no way. 1990 is 100 percent millennial. As someone born in that year, I feel like I have more in common with someone born in the late 70s than with someone born in the early 2000s. My friends born in the early 90s are not really any different from the ones born in the late 80s.
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    Generation Y

    I'd say 1992 is the very earliest for last year of Gen Y and starting in 1993 is the very earliest first year for Gen Z. The definitive fall of Stalinist/Marxist Communism is effectively when the last Cold War generation, Generation Y, should be considered the end of the span of Gen Y. Who were renamed to Millennials after the fall of Communism. Because we needed a new name since that's effectively separated us from Xers.

    Although the Red Scare didn't mostly come to an end until the mid 1990s, so I think Gen Y ending in 1993, 1994 or 1995 and Gen Z starting in 1994, 1995 or 1996 is actually a more reasonable passing of generations between Y and Z. I think Gen Z ending in the late 2010s seems about right, but I don't think most people will be able to say until the start of the next decade. I think Generation Z being called the Selfie Generation would be an apt title for Gen Zs.

    Also, a bit of personal memory and recollection, I still remember more than a few Boomers during the mid-1990s thinking that the Russians were faking it and were faking the fall of the Soviet Union to lull everyone into a sense of security to scale an invasion. Games throughout the 2000s, especially after 9/11 fully bore out this sense of paranoia that the Russians were secretly planning to attack the US. Regardless of what people think happened though 2012-2017... so I guess maybe they were right in a sense? That's politics though and probably not worth mentioning in the Generations subforum.
    Last edited by Scoobyscoob; 06-04-2019 at 05:28 PM.
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