Millennials can’t seem to catch a break. If we’re not parting our hair wrong or being cheugy, then we’re spending too much money on avocado toast or making mega relationship mistakes. On the bright side, at least we’re all in it together. Or maybe not. Apparently we can no longer chalk up these cardinal sins to an entire generation; instead this cohort of pet-doting, Crocs-doubting and gym-devoted people has been divided into micro-generations. Were you born between 1980 and 1985? Congrats, you are a geriatric millennial.
It’s unclear exactly where the term “geriatric millennial” originated, but its recent surge in popularity comes from an article titled, “Why the Hybrid Workforce of the Future Depends on the ‘Geriatric Millennial” written by Erica Dhawan for Medium. In the piece, Dhawan argues that older millennials are best suited to lead hybrid workforces, as they are the only generation with a comprehensive understanding of both digital and analog worlds.
“Geriatric millennials can read the subtext of an SMS just as well as they can pick up on a client’s hesitation in their facial expressions during an in-person meeting,” Dhawan writes. “They are neither ignorant of technology nor so engrossed in it that a voicemail inspires fear.”
More good news: Dhawan notes that some of the world’s most successful CEO’s are geriatric millennials, including Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian, Airbnb’s Brian Chesky and Rent the Runway’s Jennifer Fleiss.