June 12, 2017
Born on December 14, 1960, former FBI Director James Comey is a bit “Long in the Tooth,” to be considered a millennial.
That being said, his self-serving testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee backfired and as a participation trophy he was awarded the pink pussy cap.
The term Millennials is usually considered to apply to individuals who reached adulthood around the turn of the 21st century.
The precise delineation varies from one source to another, however.
Neil Howe and William Strauss, authors of the 1991 book Generations: The History of America’s Future, 1584 to 2069, are often credited with coining the term.
Howe and Strauss define the Millennial cohort as consisting of individuals born between 1982 and 2004.
We wish he was too.
Other proposed dates for Millennials:
- According to Iconoclast, a consumer research firm, the first Millennials were born in 1978.
- Newsweek magazine reported that the Millennial generation was born between 1977 and 1994.
- In separate articles, the New York Times pegged the Millennials at 1976-1990 and 1978-1998.
- A Time magazine article placed the Millennials at 1980-2000.
Overall, the earliest proposed birthdate for Millennials is 1976 and the latest 2004.
Given that a familial generation in developed nations lies somewhere between 25 and 30 years, we might reasonably consider those the start and end points.
There is a great deal of variation from one individual to another within any generational cohort.
Nevertheless, the particular environment for any generation affects those individuals in ways that are observable as broad tendencies. (Source)