According to Gen-Z, Millennials are just old people who can't perfect a middle part and have a weird obsession with Harry Potter. As a 26 year old, I may as well be dead to them. In fact, I find myself doing a lot of “old people things", like getting excited about new socks, and unironically listening to the oldies station on Spotify.
It's true, a lot of elder millennials are slowly approaching middle-age. But we're all crawling closer and closer to the grave every day. Too dark? Sorry, that's the 2008 emo inside me coming out. Millennial probs, am I right?
You ever say something out loud, and then immediately make the realization that you’re old? Yeah, me neither.
Everyone under my age is a kid to me.
Calling a 21 year-old guy a "kid".
Started calling my coworkers kiddo (they're 19, I'm 30), realized I'm too old for this job.
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- I dislike bar and grill places, they're far too loud
- I like to plan my errands starting with the furthest place so everything else is on the way home
- I have a preferred tax preparer
- I have a preferred mechanic
- I have more than one measuring tape— one for upstairs and one for downstairs and I complain when my family doesn't put them back where they belong
- I feel a strong urge to feed younger adults and make sure they're doing okay. Wife has assured me that I have "mama bear" energy and requested that I "stop adopting every young adult that looks slightly stressed"
I was eating lunch with a coworker last week and she was complaining about the weird clothes her parents wore in high school. Jincos, wallet chains like 4 ft long, some other stuff, but as I'm listening to her I realize that she's describing my high school experience so I ask her, how old are your parents?
"Ugh they're 40!"
....I'm 37, turning 38 in two weeks.
After I told her that we both got really quiet and changed the subject.
Someone, please help me. I'm not ready for this.
Millennial problems call for millennial solutions. Because we have back problems too.
Kids can’t relate.
Had a riveting conversation with some friends about the best office chairs for lumbar support.
I was in the car with an old friend recently and we were just chatting about various things. I turned to him and said "could you imagine some poor kid if they were in the backseat listening to this conversation?"
We were talking about how we love when we find cities that don't have metered parking in their downtown area.
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My housemate: you want a drink?
Me: Nah, man. I haven't had a drink in... six months maybe? More?
My housemate: You stopped drinking?
Me: I'm not SOBER or anything, it's just that alcohol makes me sleepy.
Seems like back pain is a universal struggle.
"No, I'm okay. It just takes my back a little while to loosen up in the morning."
I'm going to pass on some wisdom from 50. Exercise your core. I had a bad back for decades. If I'd start doing crunches the pain would go away and I was more limber. The best shape I was in was at 45. I ended up in brain rehab for 4 months. Since they can't really do anything for the brain but test if you're getting better, I spent my mornings in a balance class and core class. That 1.5 hrs 4 days a week was the best thing to ever happen. 5 years later I've lost most of the gains but when things feel bad I start to exercise my core.
Use it or lose it. Being stiff and sore at any age sucks. It doesn't take long to do some crunches once a day before getting out of bed but the results are amazing.
And, invest in massages. I spent thousands in a couple months after years of abusing my body. The difference was worth every penny. I thought my elbows were shot. Nope, mostly upper back tension.
In a conversation with a friend "I managed to find a really good knife block recently..."
Body aches and deals on mundane household items. That pretty much sums up millennials. #adulting, right?
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While at Home Depot: "oh yeah that's some good lumber".
Wow, check out Mr. Moneybags here, buying lumber (at these prices)
Every. Single. Day.
I slept wrong and haven't been able to turn my head for three days.
I slept wrong a week ago and theres still a kink in my neck.
Not the dad groan!
That classic "dad groan" when standing up.
I like to exaggerate it so it sounds like I'm making a joke rather than actually struggling.
That's how it starts, exaggerating to be a little funny. Really just to entertain yourself. Then it becomes habit and you don't know when it actually became real, but now it feels like you need to shift a mountain just to get up. And you've gotta get up, because something always needs doing.
Millennial culture is rooted in being “relatable". So it's no surprise that most Millennials experience similar problems. Hey, more to meme about, right?
Take care of your backs, fellow Millennials.
The phrase "OK Boomer" was added in the official record of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Chief Justice John Roberts himself invoked the popular refrain—a phrase often used in internet memes to describe out of touch older adults.
Chalk it up as a big win for internet meme culture, and a sign that Latin's dominance in the courts just isn't what it used to be.
OK Boomer is a catchy, efficient way for younger generations—particularly Millennials and Gen Z—to criticize the older Baby Boomer generation's propensity to criticize them over matters that the older generation don't fully understand.
It began as a phrase that arose with a few isolated uses on 4chan and Reddit back in 2015 and 2017.
But it really took off in 2019 when this song was made, pulling over 100,000 downloads in its first month on Spotify.
The song was then used in a TON of TikTok posts over the course of 2019.
And the refrain still makes the rounds on Twitter and Instagram when people feel the need to acknowledge frustrations of the generational gap.
What even are these hours??? #okboomer https://t.co/rVWHkzOZiZ— Alexis Scheer (@Alexis Scheer)1579115824.0
The Oscars are #okboomer at its PEAK— Jacob "Double Trouble" Tobia (@Jacob "Double Trouble" Tobia)1578988850.0
Funny TikTok rage videos are one thing, but being uttered in the hallowed halls of the highest court in the United States of America is a whole other can of worms.
The moment occurred in one of the earliest sessions of oral arguments of 2020, during consideration of Babb v. Wilkie.
The case concerns Noris Babb, a pharmacist with the Department of Veterans Affairs. She claims that she was denied promotions based on her age and gender. If true, that would mean the Age Discrimination in Employment Act was violated.
The meme-fueled exchange came as Chief Justice John Roberts was ironing out whether simply saying something negative about someone's age could count as "age discrimination."
In the moment, which the transcripts captured, Roberts called on the most relatable phrase around right now.
Not surprisingly, people are a bit taken aback that the meme has left the boundaries of the internet.
@beatmastermatt https://t.co/LHReZ6Jtbz— Cian Séarlas Mac Taidc Ó Muircheartaigh (@Cian Séarlas Mac Taidc Ó Muircheartaigh)1579180984.0
Though believe it or not, this is not the time the phrase has made its way into a solemn government proceeding.
New Zealand Parliament Member Aotearoa Chlöe Swarbrick invoked the refrain when she was interrupted during her speech about climate change in Parliament. With issues like Climate Change, corporate influence on elections, and refugee immigration dominating both informal political discussions and real governmental decision-making across the globe, tensions are extremely high.
Tensions are so high that obliged respect for the older generation appears less mandatory to the younger people inheriting those issues.
Whether that lack of obligation stems from the eroding morals of younger generations "these days" or a novel sense of urgency in the face of modern chaos is unclear.
But it is clear that "OK Boomer" indicates something much more important than just dubbed videos on the internet.
The world is on fire. Literally. Civilization seems to have completely lost it's way. And every generation is looking for another to blame. And Lord there is plenty of blame to go around. The newbies... the Generation Z... have some strong opinions and thoughts for the Millennials. How could they not? The Z's have the most to lose before they've even begun.
Redditor u/joe_internet wanted to hear from all the grown' children out there about their opinions on the generation before them by asking....
How fast the meme culture progresses nowadays.
The difference in abstraction between Bad Luck Brian and the Loss meme is like black and white. You need to constantly immerse yourself in that culture or otherwise you'll feel immediately alienated when you return back after a year.
The fact that millennials refers to ages 23 to 38 and not just everyone young.
How different they think we are from them.
How different they think we are from them. I was born in 2000, and like seriously, I know what a VHS is!!! All of my favorite movies as a kid was on a damn VHS. Yes we had those stupid old projectors they would write on with marker in school, we had those butt scooters in gym, we lived very similar lives as the 90's kids, it's hilarious to hear them talk! We all had flip phones and rubber poppers and all the same toys XD But I still love all you millennials!!
The fact that they're already making fun of the younger generation. I'm sure I'll end up like that someday with whatever generation is below me, because that's how it's always been. But the fact that there is a younger generation and they choose to make fun of it, shows that they are no longer the young pure generation.
I'm a millennial and my 17 year old coworker called me a boomer for how I was using my phone.
I can say I feel out of touch because I no longer catch on to certain words being used, don't know the trends from Tik Tok, nor do I follow trending figures as much as I used to so I just don't know certain people they follow.
Seems like I'm the only Gen Z commenting but anyway....
They are already on that "back in my day" bs where they romanticize older tv shows and talk crap about the "kids these days", they truly don't see the irony and often bully younger kids for liking popular video games and contemporary singers when they've technically had the worst generational scandals.
Thanks for Nothing.
Well I'm an early Gen Z and I was 9 or 10 by the time of the recession. Now I am almost done with college, and I grew up in the SF Bay area. People my age have a very bleak view of the world and the economy. They say the economy is booming now, yet there isn't that hopeful feeling. I have taken coding classes in school, but there definitely is a problem if only one line of work pays enough for you to live in the same region you grew up in. I know I'll probably never be able to afford a house in my hometown and every day I see despair on the streets.
Idk, it's the general vibe like, growing up knowing things won't get better but that you can only make the most of whatever's left. Millennials are disillusioned because the recession came just as they became adults, but they haven't spent their entire adolescence knowing that there will be nothing left for them. Gen Z isn't disillusioned, they have just never expected anything better.
It doesn't seem like anyone has answered yet so I'll try to give my perspective as a millennial.
I'd say I'm fairly tech-savvy, tech support is actually part of my job. A lot of older people are worried that they'll break whatever tech device they're working with at the time and they call themselves "dumb", which I argue every time. I've already noticed ways in which tech has moved beyond me in my 30s.
I think younger people are using tech in ways I didn't and may never, depending on my career and personal trajectory. That's where I really look for the biggest change in the coming years and I'm kinda already pre-amused at my assumed "failure".
"Only 90s kids will remember."
Sort of like when you hear "only 90s kids will remember." Most things you see from that are from slightly before my generation, but I wasn't alive for the civil war and I still know what that is so why is it so shocking when I've heard the letters V, H, and S in that order and actually know what it is.
I mean this could be just my opinion, but I think millennials are still trying to make change happen. I'm Gen Z and kind of have just accepted how crappy everything is and how broken systems are.
Everything is kind of a whatever and just go with it. I mean I would like to Reform the US healthcare system but is it actually very going to happen, no). Most of the kids I go to school with have just accepted school shootings and stuff and just don't really care about when they happen now. Its just like well if I die being shot at school, whatever I guess. (I don't know this is just my 2 cents).
Feel the Pain
Not letting Gen Zs have feelings lmao, i mean whenever I'm feeling down millennials would be like "You have never experienced real anxiety!" Without even knowing me, and knowing that I'm actually diagnosed by a f psychologist. Or if I'm talking about shows I used to like when I was younger just telling me that theirs were better. Hey calm down pls.
The constant complaints.
Better Bad Times
Bullying in schools. I don't know how accurate those 90's high school movies were, but they are very different that my school experience. I was born in 2004, and I'm in grade 10. So far, I've attended 4 different school, and none of them had any real bullying going on.
Of course there was teasing and mean kids in younger grades, but that pretty much all stopped in grade 4. Even in high school, I've never seen anyone get bullied. The most violent act in my Canadian high school that I've seen so far was this mob of grade 12s that went and yelled at this kid for stealing a grade 9s shoes. That's it.
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I'm only barely Gen z (1998) but I still feel somewhat qualified to answer this question.
Whenever I hear self proclaimed Millenials complain about dabbing, I can't help but think "...didn't you guys invent planking?"
Stuck in the Middle
I think Millenials talk crap but don't try to make change. I think they're also forgetting what they supposedly went through because of "boomers." I'm really smack dab in the middle of Millenial and Gen z. When I told my friends they're probably also Gen z, they cringed and whined about being like the "tick tock generation" but they loved vine so what's the actual difference here?
It's Like That
Gen Z is smaller and more reserved. We kinda just go "it be like that sometimes" because it's the only world we know. We're also mostly in school so we won't actually interact with many true millennials, and politicians just kind of lump us in the same bunch of young whippersnappers anyways.
thank you internet
There seems to be this huge trend of making the 90s Superior to everything and they are so much better because they are 90s babies, like give it a rest, you were 3 years old in 1999 don't act like you were living it up. And we know stuff, we know that TV show, we know that song, and we know who that is, we have the internet.
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Given top answers are from Millenials, I'd say going to reddit and expecting kids and teenagers to show up in AskReddit thread is being out of touch. I suppose most kids nowadays must be using other websites or apps (names of which I don't even know, heh).
I'm a millennial in grad school that mentors/teaches a lot of Gen Z kids. SO MUCH SLANG I'm already out of touch with. "hit the woah" vsco girls, so much suicidal humor. I was never jiggy with it but boy do I feel old now.
Man I'm 1999 so the start of Gen Z, and I went to this one party with a group of friends like one year younger than me, and it was strange. Every bong hit/shot of liquor had to be recorded, I got asked to hit the woah and had to ask Why/What it is.
Man they already act so stuck up like boomers. 'Anyone born after 199X is stupid' and stuff like that. I once saw a 90s kid in YouTube comments unironically complain about how kids nowadays won't understand the 'pain' of rolling up a car window with a handle instead of a button. Seriously. I call them 90s boomers.
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Millenial here, high school teacher; so much of their culture and daily life is consumed by viral or inside jokes on social media. I feel pretty out of touch even though I'm only 10 years older than some of them.
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Blaming millennials for all of the world's ills is a popular pastime of late, but the reality is that we don't have that kind of power. If we did, we would have fixed all of the things people complain about by now.
Reddit user u/GreenShirt7 asked:
If you were born between 1985 and today, there is a good chance you never learned how to read an analog clock. (You know, the round thing with hands?)
It used to be taught in schools, but these days, schools have bigger fish to fry, and analog clocks are slowly becoming a thing of the past.
But Jimmy Kimmel, ever out to show that people have really lost their marbles in this day and age, stopped young people on the street to try and make them read analog clocks.
The results were disastrous.
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Only one person got remotely close.
Twitter is one giant sad face reaction.
@jimmykimmel These people are voting— P Gosai (@P Gosai)1559134645.0
@jimmykimmel Ugg this makes me sad— Miss Wendy🥌 (@Miss Wendy🥌)1559133414.0
@jimmykimmel NOPE THEY CAN'T WRITE IN CURSIVE EITHER!— Chris (@Chris)1559134571.0
@jimmykimmel Just too sad! https://t.co/EJF9yMwUW9— ~ Jessica Span ~ (@~ Jessica Span ~)1559134707.0
@jimmykimmel @presentingrich_ Not. Good.— AKM (@AKM)1559138373.0
One of the young women said her teachers at University of Texas, Arlington, would be so disappointed that she hadn't read a clock like that since elementary school.
@jimmykimmel https://t.co/VDSoj60hJu— luke mccluskie (@luke mccluskie)1559134075.0
@jimmykimmel Holy moly! It's a world phenomenon! Here in Brazil, it's the same thing!— Tatiana Koerich Rondon (@Tatiana Koerich Rondon)1559134028.0
@jimmykimmel Nice to start the day with a laugh— Debby500 (@Debby500)1559133728.0
@jimmykimmel Are you kidding me?— 𝐖𝐢𝐳𝐳𝐲 🍥 (@𝐖𝐢𝐳𝐳𝐲 🍥)1559133865.0
@jimmykimmel How to feel old https://t.co/UQfnZyCvpy— Rolzz (@Rolzz)1559133595.0
@jimmykimmel Amazing people can’t read an analog clock— Jayson (@Jayson)1559134404.0
Basic curriculum no longer includes teaching kids how to read analog clocks, leaving it up to parents.
@jimmykimmel “Am or pm?” https://t.co/WbqL9N50KY— Sheema (@Sheema)1559140950.0
@jimmykimmel This is what our world has come to... #WednesdayThought Do better. Be better— Rocque.Joshua (@Rocque.Joshua)1559139901.0
@jimmykimmel Y’all edit out those of us who can read clocks. This is coming from the same generation that needs h… https://t.co/UOdMii3mH1— Lauren💋 (@Lauren💋)1559133735.0
@jimmykimmel It’s not state standard, but it is still taught. In any case, parents should step up to the plate and… https://t.co/W9kJD8zpQS— mw (@mw)1559140996.0
@jimmykimmel This is very sad.— Jim Cure (@Jim Cure)1559141835.0
The simple fact is, time has left analog clocks behind.
Frankly, with so much digital technology at our disposal, it's no longer important to be able to read analog clocks. Most everything is centralized on our phones, including alarms, kitchen timers, and anything else we may used analog for in the past
Onward and upward!