I’m considered “2nd Wave Gen X”. Born in 1972. I’m an 80s kid. 8 yrs old in 1980, accosted by everything 80s. New Wave to Hair Bands, MTV, 8-bit games and Arcades, gay club culture forming the beginnings of club stuff, watched the oncoming changes coming with the Cure and the start of emo, with the overall friendly nihlism backlash against the over idealistic boomers.
I didn’t click with Nirvana and grunge in general, although I liked REM etc. Watched things start to grow darker.
Helicopter parenting, “teen boot camps”, the heyday of Sheriff Joe with the pink sock county prisoners.
Online since 1989, lived through lots of amazing changes.
Win95 was a huge change and I won’t go into internet changes in 1993 (which led to the inevitable loss of net neutrality, the kind of stuff we feared back then).
Going from dial-up to broadband to smartphones in a short time was amazing (2000-2007, 2008-2011, 2012-2014, 2015-2016 I’d consider sub periods).
Minecraft + post Minecraft is my era now. I’m loving online world, although I never didn’t love it.
Part of my heart is with the early 70s, “clean hippie” post rebel “everything’s fine” singer songwriter, “Keep America Beautiful”, crying Indian, stuff, even though I wasn’t really alive much then — just a baby.
So, I don’t see anything wrong with identifying with a period that’s *just* out of your memory range, because they planted the seeds you got to enjoy growing up. So it’s a kind of respect when you identify with 90s. It’s the elders you admire. and you only missed by an accident of birth timing.