I am a Xennial and multitasking is my game

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I am a Xennial and below are the characteristics of Xennials found a bit everywhere on the net. Somehow true, they don’t tell the real difference between Xennials and the other generations.

Xennials  are the micro-generation of people on the cusp of the Generation X and Millennial demographic cohorts, typically born between 1977 and 1985. Xennials are described as having had an analog childhood and a digital adulthood.

Childhood in the 80s was internet free, playing outside and eating sugary food. Back then, an old person playing with kids was not referred to as a pedophile. Back then, we looked cool with our Walkmans.

Adolescence in the 90s was about CDs (played sometimes backwards to listen to satanic messages? funny!) Internet came out few years laters and addiction to chatting in chatrooms for hours! Cell phones were invented but calling friends on landlines.

That was long before social media, sexting, Facebook, massive communication and shame viral bullying.

The transition to social media and the digital era was smooth.

Anna Garvey in her article The Oregon Trail Generation: Life before and after Mainstream Tech. (Social Media Week) has described these individuals as having “both a healthy portion of Gen X grunge cynicism, and a dash of the unbridled optimism of Millennials”.

These descriptions are all secondary.

What is essential about Xennials is their ambition and their multitasking abilities. This is the fundamental personality trait of Xennials.


10 thoughts on “I am a Xennial and multitasking is my game”

  1. Thank you for introducing this new object, Xennials, to my noetic sphere. Albeit I am no buyer generally speaking of such overgeneralizations, I tend to see statements like “Xennials are described as having had an analog childhood and a digital adulthood” as relevant, being under deep influences from the side of Marshall McLuhan (media ecology). Yet, although I understand that a charasteric such as multitasking skills might be logically inferred, somehow, from statements about technological environments, I fail to see the link with “ambition,” or the alleged “unbridled optimism” of Millenials, an optimism I fail to find in my own observations (especially since dispositions acquired during childhood are always subject to adjustments to present situations and in many countries such dispositions, I feel, are bound to be blasted by present situations, like skyrocketing levels of poverty among populations).

    As to the present technological environment, my own view is that today’s kids are growing up along a virtual reality at the stage of the ”uncanny valley” (Mori), that is, too realistic to be taken as the pixelized fairy tale it used to be when I was a kid (bordering with Xennials on the older side) and yet not realistic enough to be interchangeable with non-virtual reality. This uncaniness of CGI, Actroids, etc, may be warping their tender minds, perhaps creating in the long run a deep-seated hatred toward all things virtual and a willingness, so to speak from the cradle, to developing Blade-Runner tests for the ultimate sparks of uncaniness in the insurpassable androids of the future, while, on the other hand, all animal life will have disappeared in repeated mass fires, animal life in the mirror of which human minds have a neverending spring of emotional upheavals. When nature won’t be surrounding us anymore but we will be surrounding nature,owning it like a fish tank in a living room furniture, we will have lost, as Kant would say, our sense of the sublime. All generations alike from that time to the end of times.

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    1. Ambition in Xennials comes precisely from the internet free childhood and adolescence, where knoweldge was not as available as it is today. Also, back then, people had to work hard to get where it was desired. Having this culture of effort made Xennials more ambitious that today’s young people who never had to work hard to get where they want to be.

      As for what is waiting for us with the impact of technology is terrible. Your reference to Kant is very accurate.

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  2. Just a quick spontaneous brainstorm:
    1. Not related to this article: I was surprised about my own non-awareness having seen your description “philosophy teacher” for the first time now only.
    2. CDs are actually the only media in which you can NOT listen to tracks in reverse – you could do so with record players and can reverse digital tracks (but you probably meant to say that you ripped them onto computers 🙂
    3. About ambition: I think what happened after the flower-power 70s was that aspirations were replaced by mundane ambitions in the 80s which is why the music also became harder.
    Maybe that led to worldly revolutions like the Arab Spring.
    4. In the West materially spoiled millennials then to have become a bunch of apathetic consumerist generation merely indulged in their ego-selfies until the pendulum with Greta Thunberg started to swing into the other extreme again so that they now end up on the streets again.
    5. And not mentioned in this article I want to add that I observed that people always consider the music they listened to between 15 & 25 the best. That’s why when old people moan about how much better the music was in their youth is not a sign of quality (decline) but of our excitability in youth.
    I do agree however that the mass-marketing did not improve the diversity of music but did cater for the lowest common denominator.
    6. Abut the virtual reality florentboucharel mentioned:
    Initially to me this raised the hope in people being catapulted out of their attachment to material forms but as I see it now it did more serve to distract people to look into themselves.
    There was an episode in Star Trek’s Deep Space 9 where Dax did train to form a perfect virtual reality ball for 200 years. Such methods would then be practical applications to help to evolve us towards instead of derailing us from our self.

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    1. A quick reply :
      1) I did all it takes to reverse songs: on tapes and on CDs. I didn’t want to go into details but my mistake I was not clear in my sentence. So think you for showing it to me. Next time I will not make this mistake.
      2) I didn’t see the link between mundane ambitions of the 80s and the arabs revolutions
      3) I still listen to music, maybe a bit more than an average person my age does. But now, music lacks of content whether in melodies or in lyrics. It feels like a copy paste activity.
      4) Florentboucharel’s comment is very accurate, specially in referring what he said to Kant’s sublime. Another german philosopher for you 😉
      5) thank you always for commenting, i really enjoy it

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  3. From the Baby Boomer generation, my life experience starts a little earlier than Xennials yet encompasses all their years as well. So far that is, since they are bound to out live me. Like you maylynno my childhood was much different than what Xennials experienced and I have so far experienced all that they have per say. You might say I grew up in the old, experienced the new and am living in the now.

    But I don’t find Xennials any more ambitious than we were? Or in comparison to other generations. Not sure how one could even quantify this trait comparably. Perhaps more opportunistic as a result of the economics of the times but genetically more ambitious? That’d be hard to prove. It may just be a given descriptive moniker — but I don’t see it!

    Anyways, Interesting post as usual maylynno! But I have to go now because I’ve got a lot on my plate, and am ambitiously multitasking to get them done! Lol!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed reading my post.
      Gen X have become consumerists and self centric people, at least from what I have seen in many places. Youngsters nowadays are glued to their screens. This is why Xennials are more ambitious because they worked hard in their youth to achieve what they wanted unlike the younger ones.
      Ambitiously multitasking is a great thing lol

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