I was heated disucssing something in the office yesterday with another person and we started to talk about the Gen X/Gen Y cusp group....apparently there are more of us out there than I originally thought...

Any interesting point came up which I wasn't aware of and I was wondering if anyone else had heard this:

Apparently there is a gap of about three years between Gen X and Gen Y. I was told that those born from 1979-1981 are this 'gap group' that doesn't fall into either Gen X or Gen Y. Gen X stops at 1978...Gen Y starts at 1982...hmmm

I personally found this interesting since I was born in 1979- I am a gapper! What have any of you heard????

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hmm... I haven't heard of a gap group. What I have noticed is that difference sources will claim different ranges. Some say that Generation Y was born between 1980 - 1995, NAS Insights says 1977 - 1994, I read an ariticle the other day that said gen x was born between 1965 - 1976 and gen y 1977 -1998. I'm also on that cusp born in 1977 and certainly have traits of both X and Y.
I hear you gappers! Amanda H is correct though depending on the source. I was born in 1964 and some sources call me a Boomer and some sources say I am an Xer.

I like to think of the gappers or those on the cusp of their generations as the liasons between the generations. I feel somehow strangely connected to both groups. I can talk to either one and seem to "get it"

I think it is a good thing - think of yourself as bilingual - heck put that on your resume that you speak two generation's languages....its a stretch but what a powerful conversation you could have with a potential new boss about your communication skills.
1968 here. I have not been a Boomer, tho a X. I still feel in the middle of the whole thing anyway. Welcome to the group!
All the Old people call me Young, and the Young call me Old!
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Amen!
I have found that as I get older, working in the restaurant industry has kept me feeling youthful and up to date on technology, behaviors, pop culture etc... As long as you pay attention, embrace and engage on their level, and keep your mind open, whatever generation you are dealing with will give it right back! I'm not necessarily on the cusp, having been born in 1972, but I certainly feel like it.
You're right. A few weeks ago, I was talking to a co-worker (around my age) who didn't know who Fergie was (??!!).

Fortunately, most people think I'm about 8 years younger than I really am and I honestly believe it's got everything to do with what you said - paying attention, embracing & engaging, and keeping an open mind.

I don't totally fit in either gen and guess I'm a gapper by choice, lol Maybe that's why it's difficult to define the cusp group. It would be an interesting study, that's for sure!
Demographer's vary on generational timing. When I've had to look forward or backwards, the person's own point-of-view about the key media/social/technological events of their day (they are converging rapidly) has given me clues to what generation they may belong to especially if they are on a cusp.

As an example I have a pair of twins who work in different stores as managers. One is definitely a Gen X'er (MTV/latchkey) the other identifies with Gen Y (social networks).

I have customers who'd like to order via a text message, employees who'd rather I use Facebook or MySpace instead of texting them -- and they are within 6 months of one another.

When I need to reference generational guidelines I've use two tables produced by Bill Strauss and Neil Howe. They are available In simplified form online: Simple Generation Table (here) and Generation List (here).

Hope this helps!
@mark great insight, thanks for the resources

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