left—-1994 – CAPTION: From left, Ethan Hawke, Winona Ryder, Janeane Garofalo in “RealityBites.” CREDIT: VAN REDIN/UNIVERSAL PICTURES. —right—-Cast members, from left, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke and Lena Dunham, attend the HBO premiere of “Girls” at the NYU Skirball Center on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

A lot has been said about the Millennial generation (those roughly ages 18- 33) — almost as much as has been said about Generation X (those between 34-49). For every criticism of the Millennial era of shown in things like “Girls,” there’s been just as much flack thrown at the “Reality Bites” generation. 

What’s striking is just how much of that talk – about Millennials and Gen-Xers – sounds exactly the same.

Both generations have faced a tough economy in their younger years, both have been defined by “the Internet” (scare quotes employed here in the sarcastic, cynical style common to Gen Xers like this author). And both have endured a lot of predictions from their elders that haven’t necessarily come to pass. 

Can you tell your slackers from your Millennials? Take this quiz to find out how well you can untangle the data from the generational cliche.

Ryan McCarthy is the assistant business editor for The Washington Post. He oversees Storyline, Wonkblog and other digital projects.