You might have seen the posts of Gen Z laughing at millennials’ about skinny jeans, side parts and so on but what does it all mean? What is it all about? Don’t know? Well, let us guide you through the generation wars.
Here are all the answers to all the questions you could possibly have.
What are generations?
Generations are groups of people born in a set timeframe. All the current discourse is mainly about Gen Z and Millenials but to really understand the hullabaloo, one needs the get to grips with what a generation is and the difference between them.
The Silent Generation - they were born between 1928 to 1945
The Baby Boomers - they were born between 1946 to 1964
Generation X - they were born between 1965 and 1980
Millennials -they were born between 1981 to 1996
Generation Z -they were born between 1997 to 2012
Sectioning off people by age gives researchers the ability to understand how formative events, like wars and technological advancement, affect people. The science behind this is not exact, but they try and give boundaries to aid understanding.
What are the stereotypical characteristics of the generations?
Each generation is blighted by stereotypes, formed by the experiences they faced. For example, baby boomers were raised during the birth of the welfare state, growing up in the immediate aftermath of two catastrophic world wars. They were children and teenagers during the beginning of the Cold War, which involved overseas flight, the threat of nuclear destruction and the like.
Generation X has been nicknamed “The Slackers”, and also faced fears of nuclear destruction but got to do so in the 1990s with the first invasion of Iraq providing their political awakening. Much has been made about their culture, but less about them as people. The stereotypes can be summarised by watching anything with Winona Ryder in it like Heathers or Reality Bites.
It's not fair of gen x to judge millennials when they had a Winona Ryder to ground them and we were left in the care of Lena Dunham
Millennials grew up during the birth of a little thing called the internet but still remember a time without it, social media and the onslaught of information available at your fingertips. Defining world events for millennials include the rise of terror attacks like 9/11, the London Underground bombings in 2005 and the second Iraq War.
every generation has a painful breakup. gen z and tik tok. millennials and vine. gen x and cultural relevance
An impact on their adult day to day lives has been economic downturns, such as the 2008 crash.
Generation Z is the latest to be defined as a cohort and is currently leading the current discourse that is buzzing around the internet, laughing at Millennials.
Are they the first to do so?
Of course not! Millennials are no stranger to having a whole generation bash them for merely existing. Boomers have been ridiculing Millennials since Millennials were the newest generation on the block.
I am a middle-millennial. I was born in 1988. I graduated in 2010, into the heart of the Great Recession aftermath… https://t.co/wOJ9fd8jBp
Much of the internet was dedicated to boomers telling millennials they were the absolute worst, lazy, unable to handle money, spending it on avocadoes, lattes and whatever nonsense used to numb the pain of being one of the first generations to be poorer than their parents and grandparents in a while.
Have Gen Z and Gen Y always been foes?
No! In 2019, both generations teamed up to taunt their boomer enemies and creating the meme “Ok, boomer” the deadpan clap-back to the ramblings of boomers who think that millennials and generation Z needed their outdated advice that is not always applicable to their life’s situations.
An MP in New Zealand’s parliament used the put down when calling a fellow colleague out interrupted her while she addressed the house.
Take a look back - ‘OK, Boomer’: That was a 25-year-old New Zealand lawmaker's response to an older colleague heckl… https://t.co/4t2LssiMeL
Another style bugbear Gen Z have is with the way millennials style their hair. Side parts are a complete no go when it comes to millennials, who love sporting a middle part, often nicely complimented with curtain bangs. They seem to get their reference points from 70s icons like Farrah Fawcett when it comes to their tresses.
Elder Millennials, say it with me now:
Strong back, wild heart;
Skinny jeans, side part.
millennials turning into boomers at supersonic speed https://t.co/X2DEXYclWd
— beans after dark after dark (@beans after dark after dark)
Will generational warfare ever stop?
Based on the evidence, no but it is important to remember that your generational grouping does not define you. While major world events may shape your outlook but so will other sociological factors such as your gender, race, and socioeconomic background.