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Generational conflict… June 27, 2020

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

This cracked me up last weekend. A very funny take by Nosheen Iqbal in the Observer/Guardian on a certain friction between Generation Z and Millennials. For those unaware of these matters Generation Z is

…Zoomer for short… is the demographic cohort succeeding Millennials and preceding Generation Alpha. Researchers and popular media use the mid-to-late 1990s as starting birth years and the early 2010s as ending birth years. Most members of Generation Z have used digital technology since a young age and are comfortable with the Internet and social media, but are not necessarily digitally literate. Most members of Generation Z are the children of Millennials.[1]

Whereas Millennials are:

…the demographic cohort following Generation X and preceding Generation Z. Researchers and popular media use the early 1980s as starting birth years and the mid-1990s to early 2000s as ending birth years, with 1981 to 1996 a widely accepted defining range for the generation.[1]

Millennials are sometimes referred to as “echo boomers” due to a major surge in birth rates in the 1980s and 1990s, and because millennials are often the children of the baby boomers. This generation is generally marked by their coming of age in the Information Age, and they are comfortable in their usage of digital technology and social media. Millennials are often the parents of Generation Alpha.

Note by the way Generation Alpha. A new one on me.

Researchers and popular media use the early 2010s as the starting birth years and the mid 2020s as the ending birth years. Named after the first letter in the Greek alphabet, Generation Alpha is the first to be born entirely in the 21st century.[1] Most members of Generation Alpha are the children of Millennials.[2][3]

As Iqbal says:

Generation Z aren’t just inventive and droll – they get it. So they’ve come for the social media narcissism, the Buzzfeed quizzes, the “people who still think Harry Potter movies are a personality trait” and they’ve come hard.

To them, as one 16-year-old told Vice, millennials are “old people trying to use social media… they try to use all the hashtags and gifs, but they’re not good at it”, or they’re try-hards who “really get caught up in really simple, everyday stuff. They grow a basic thing, like a fruit or vegetable, and they’re like ‘wow I didn’t kill it’.”

I only have to think those words in the latter sentence in the voice of a creature fairly WBS-adjacent who would be slap bang in Generation Z and I can endorse entirely what Iqbal is saying. Sarcastic doesn’t even come close to describing that attitude. I asked the creature what they thought about this analysis. They were scathing of all older than them including boomers of various stripes…


1. Starkadder - June 27, 2020

“Generation Alpha” makes me think of a “Space 1999 /Tomorrow People” crossover.

(And I wasn’t even born when those two shows aired!)


2. Mick 2 - June 27, 2020

This gen Y-er (fine, millennial, if you must) can firmly get behind disdain for all things Harry Potter and Rowling.

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WorldbyStorm - June 27, 2020

🙂 It’s those boomers I can’t stand!


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