Millennials and Baby Boomers have been at odds ever since the millennial generation came of age. One generation sees a group of young, lazy and ungrateful individuals on their phones. The other generation sees a group of people that had unions, cheaper tuition and could actually afford to buy a house.
Many journalists, social scientists and businesspeople have funded studies that try to understand the millennial generation. As social media can show us, millennials usually disagree with what alleged experts say.
The millennial generation lives in a world where a decent apartment is hard to come by. To millennials, job security might as well be the name of a new fairy tale. To help you understand how millennials have responded to criticism from the Baby Boomer generation, here are some of the best responses they've posted on social media.
19 That time when they criticized millennials' love for avocado
Last year, a millionaire went on 60 Minutes Australia and explained that he got rich by not buying so many avocados. He may have been on TV down under, but his words made a splash on a global level.
Usually, viral fame like this is wanted but said millionaire got a lot of flack for his "advice." Many millennials sent a barrage of sarcastic tweets addressing this millionaire's advice.
It's important to point out that the price of avocados is higher in Australia than in parts of the United States. This is because the super fruit is mostly grown in the Americas. Thanks to globalization and social media, many of the millennials around the world didn't take too kindly to this guy's advice
This Twitter user decided to show this millionaire how absurd it is to compare the cost of a home to the cost of a fruit. Because, yes, millennials may not be able to afford homes in the economy's current state, but they can afford this delicious fruit. We totally get where this frustrated millennial was coming from. In a world where things are getting expensive very quickly, it only makes sense to forget about these problems with an avocado toast or two.
18 That time when they didn't like unions
Some criticisms from Baby Boomers seem so unwarranted that someone actually invented a meme called "Old Economy Steve." He represents the many things that Baby Boomers had that millennials currently don't. (The millennial generation doesn't even get a capital M for its designation, by the way.)
According to Forbes, union participation in the States was at its lowest back in 2015. That's huge considering that a study from 1994 said that union programs even reduce workplace stress. Yup! Someone actually studied unions and found out that they can help employees feel better. So what's up with complaints against unions?
Well, Baby Boomers didn't have something we call globalization. Stuff used to be made wherever someone was from. Although this meant that it was harder to get some rare perfume from France unless they went there, this arrangement sort of worked. Nowadays, rich companies depend on cheap labor from other parts of the world. This means that there are fewer factory jobs that pay well for millennials who may need them.
As a result, there are less high-paying union jobs thanks to the way the economy works today. These memes are certainly a great way for millennials to spell out their problems in a concise manner.
17 When Baby Boomers criticized millennials' taste in jeans
It's no secret that millennials love ripped jeans. Perhaps it's the result of the nostalgia of the '90s that's in style today. Or maybe it's the knowledge that stuff was cheaper back then. We can dig the grungy look of these jeans, though. Of course, adults of any generation have never had good things to say about the new generation's fashion sense. We're not sure whether or not this millennial was criticized about their fashion choices or if they overheard something. It's clear that this person knows the holes in the ozone are an even bigger deal.
Next came rules to create protocols about substances that were having a negative impact on the ozone layer. That humans could potentially flat-line planet Earth evidently didn't go through to people's minds back then. Ripped jeans aren't considered presentable and can't be worn at most jobs. This millennial has a good point about the types of complaints that Baby Boomers make about them. There are way bigger fish to fry when it comes to things to whine about. Plus, millennials can always point to the crazy hairstyles that were in style during the 1980s. At least this will prove previous generations used way too many spray cans back then.
16 When millennials wanted to get paid
First of all, there's proof that open-air offices are actually bad for people. Some people have even written about how unhappy such offices make them after they realized that moving into one was a major faux pas. Still, several workplaces wrongfully assume that the younger generation of workers might actually want this.
Much has been written about how millennials get paid less than their predecessors even though things are getting more expensive. Thanks to social media, millennials can quickly rebut any arguments that anyone makes with just a few clicks.
After going to college, trying to afford avocados and doing an unpaid internship, it seems millennials just want to get paid. Who'd have though?? Having bills is probably the main reason why anyone even needs to work. One basic premise of this arrangement is that those who work a full-time job are able to afford things.
Then maybe these individuals can spend their hard-earned money deciding whether or not they'd like a bean bag chair, right? We don't know how much it might cost for someone to remodel an office and tear down its walls. We're betting that this here Twitter user doesn't care as long as their direct deposit comes through as fast as possible.
15 When they worked three jobs
The Baby Boomer generation had a lot of comforts that the millennial generation doesn't. One of these was having one job—just one. This millennial wants to remind Baby Boomers that for all of their complaints about millennials who don't work, many of them actually work too much. A few studies find that millennials are working more than one job to make ends meet. So where does the lazy millennial stereotype even come from? We can't really answer that question, but this Tumblr user created an imaginary conversation that displays some of the ways Baby Boomers respond to these complaints.
"Work harder" can't exactly apply if you're already doing that.
From advice to stop drinking coffee to no longer buying avocados, it seems that a lot of Baby Boomers don't discuss the many crises that created the work environment that millennials have to deal with today. Thankfully, this Tumblr user decided to use humor to their advantage. Millennials have to jump through many hoops that previous generations didn't have to. We can at least say that they have an excellent command of the internet. This means that they can summarize their feelings into concise thoughts that we can share as memes! There's got to be at least one silver lining to this, right?
14 That time millennials were obsessed with food
Millennials could also be known as "foodies." There are even terrible hipster food trends that began just so that some people can share them on social media. Some people even get Instagram-famous over food posts. Though this can be annoying for some people. Still, you could argue that it's a cute fad.
But, of course, some people won't allow broke millennials to have fun with their little food hashtags and strange dishes. How can millennials win at anything when everything they do is labeled as being bad? Obsession is technically supposed to fall into this negative category. What would Baby Boomers have said about their Generation X children if they had been this obsessed with food?
Come to think of it, why would Baby Boomers criticize millennials if their generation had some pretty gross recipes? We're glad that many in our generation were spared from the horribleness that was "Jell-O salad."
When a headline brought up this concern, one Twitter user reminded the world that millennials care about survival. What a twist, huh? Perhaps this isn't an obsession, but the will to be informed about at least one thing they can control given their limited resources. Plus, foodie social media posts never really harmed anyone. There are, after all, mute and unfollow buttons for anyone who doesn't like this "obsession." To each their own.
13 When a millennial reminded them of the "pet rock"
Gary Dahl was a man who sold rocks at $4 a piece and became a millionaire in 1975. These rocks came from Rosarito, Mexico and were labeled the same way a pet would have been labeled if someone would have thought of it first. You have to hand it to Dahl, many children who wanted a puppy in the 1970s probably ended up with one of these. Good on the parents for giving their kids something that requires almost no responsibility. Dahl became a millionaire despite the fact that this fad faded within a very short period of time.
Now, we disagree with the accusation that millennials are idiots.
We also aren't saying that Baby Boomers are idiots. There's some logic to giving a child a "pet rock" that doesn't require vet visits, vaccinations and constant care. The thing is, there's also logic in going to your backyard, finding a rock yourself for free and maybe adding some google eyes for a more dramatic flair. This is one instance in which perhaps both generations had their own ideas over what constitutes intellect. There's also the added fact that the pet rock website is actually live as of 2014. We really want to know who's still actually buying these.
12 When they thought millennials never lived through the pain of dial-up
According to an article on TIME.com, AOL still had 2.3 million customers as of 2015. The same article states that many of its clients still use this internet connection quite faithfully. Some people would chock this up to the many Baby Boomers who might refuse to switch over to wi-fi, right?
Wrong! Some people in the States only have access to dial-up internet if they want any hope of getting any internet at all. This is because a faster connection may not be immediately available in their area.
Plus, the word "Wi-Fi" wasn't added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary until 2005. This means that there are plenty of millennials who actually dealt with the fact that they could probably cook a 3-course meal while they tried to download a song or watch a video. To add insult to injury, the original tweet assumes that millennials haven't seen the classic film, You've Got Mail.
This is conisdered to be a disgrace for a generation that loves Tom Hanks so much that an entire high school actually made him their prom theme. So there! Not only do millennials remember the pain of dial-up, they've also probably seen the movie. As such, we feel the response to the tweet was necessary.
11 When Baby Boomers accused millennials of being disrespectful
To be fair, you can be disrespectful at any age. Given that many millennials are stuck in jobs for which they're overqualified (such as retail or fast food jobs), they get to see Baby Boomers make certain mistakes on a daily basis. This millennial has probably seen such interactions and is probably tired of them. We've all seen that one person at a restaurant or fast food chain that demands that their order is made differently. Fast food workers have to work at an accelerated pace. Like anyone, they're bound to forget about a special order because they have to worry about remembering the right recipe in the first place.
Some people also work as servers.
This means that the chef or cook may forget about a special request and add the ingredient anyway. So what happens when the customer finally receives their order? Well, some of them are nice and remind the person who took their order. They send it back and get it right. Other customers are known to completely flip out. There's no data about which generation flips out like this more often. It's likely that millennials notice this more because of where they end up working. This tweet reminds us that if you're rude, you might be put on blast in social media.
10 When a cartoonist compared what "leisure" means to these two generations
Millennials are often accused of being entitled. However, a study actually showed that they believe they should eventually be financially independent. It also revealed that they have very high expectations about this.
Their reality is quite different from their dreams. Many critics bash millennials because they'd rather work at jobs that fulfill them. Baby Boomers lived in a different world. It's true that having a satisfying job wasn't a priority back then. The way that millennials look at work also means that they're likely to work longer hours as long as they enjoy what they do.
This may mean they decide to forgo certain benefits, including a wage that allows them to spend more on leisure activities. Others may be stuck in a situation that doesn't allow them to work the normally-accepted 40-hour work week.
The cartoonist responsible for this graphic must have some basic understanding of this. Though there are influencers that spend their time traveling the world, they're few and far between. Data shows that richer people travel more. Plus, Baby Boomers do tend to be richer than millennials.
It seems like this cartoonist is basing this comic on their own experiences. Even so, it probably rings true with a lot of people.
9 When someone reminded Baby Boomers who raised millennials
This is yet another thing that could apply to anyone of any generation. You don't need to belong to a certain age group to be a bad parent. One article talked about how helicopter parents were borne of the generation that had little to no parental supervision. Baby Boomers also grew up in the era of "keeping up with the Joneses." This meant always having a better car, home or clothing than their peers. It's only natural that having this mentality would teach millennials that it's okay to document their lives on social media. In a way, this increased attention also resulted in closer bonds.
It's no surprise that millennials would wind up depending on their parents for longer periods of time.
Dr. Harley A. Rotbart wrote an apology for some things he did as a parent. He writes about the "short bursts of parenting" his generation called Quality Time. In his apology, he discusses how this may have contributed to how millennials turned out today. This tweet also calls out Baby Boomers in general. Helicopter parenting and quality time may have brought some positive things to millennial children. However, that also means taking responsibility for some of the negative consequences.
8 When millennials reminded the world why they don't have kids
It used to be that one would go to high school, maybe college, get engaged and had 2.5 children after buying a house. Having a golden retriever was also an essential part of this model of adulthood. One of the parents—usually the mother—was expected to stay home and raise the kids while the father brought in the money.
In this era, one parent could work while the other stayed home. Things have changed since then. $12 per hour no longer buys what it used to. This Twitter user saw this headline and responded with the truth. With such expensive rent, most millennials with an average salary might have to put off having children unless they can get paid more.
Many attribute millennials' desire not to have children to work on other goals. Some millennials would rather travel, focus on their career or on other goals. A study actually found that many millennials don't feel they're financially ready to get married yet. Though this issue is serious, this Twitter user's sarcasm shows that she's able to succinctly explain millennials' reasoning. Plus, at least this tweet makes us laugh while rebutting a magazine that blames millennials for a "baby bust."
7 When someone created #HowToConfuseAMillennial
Someone started a hashtag called #HowToConfuseAMillennial in order to put those darn millennials in their place. Thanks to intrepid millennials on Twitter, the hashtag backfired spectacularly. Millennials started tweeting about unaffordable college tuition, the planet's deca and many other issues. Many of the tweets were harsh indicators that millennials felt generations before them made the decisions that caused their lives to be tough today. Instead of pointing out how to actually confuse a millennial, the hashtag became a battleground that got the media's attention.
Generations that came before millennials often assume that they don't know what a map or rotary phone is.
The thing is, if you want to wage a war against the internet generation, then perhaps you shouldn't try to insult them on their home court. This Twitter user is one of the many who responded to this hashtag in a way that obviously struck a nerve. Many of those who fought back after getting bashed claimed that they've received a broken world. It's no wonder they can't fix it, right? The hashtag made such a splash that it got coverage on BBC, Uproxx and other media. Judging by their tone, it seems that millennials won this Twitter fight. If you care to remember this, you can always track the tag yourself.
6 When someone complained about something as minor as a "no problem"
It's one thing to discuss a negative attitude, entitlement and other large issues. However, some people really do make a big deal out of small linguistic matters. Considering how much the English language changes as new words and concepts are thrown in, "no problem" doesn't seem rude at all to many people
There are a few things to take into consideration here. The speaker's tone, inflection and body language could make the use of "no problem" into something rude. Millennials are indeed known for their antisocial behaviors and sarcasm. Considering the many problems in this world, should we even be discussing something as minor as one's choice of words?
This Twitter user thought so and even chose to chastise cashiers in the States of this non-big deal issue. Then someone saw this and chose to spell the issue out for them. A Tumblr user actually brings up a point that's been supported by studies. Research actually shows that millennials are interested in community service, social change, and corporate responsibility.
Is one generation truly nicer than the other? Well, we do know that it's millennials who are working out more and drinking less. Perhaps this Tumblr user is on to something. We just think that there are bigger fish to fry.
5 When they revealed what's actually ending chain restaurants
Millennials are blamed for everything nowadays. Some articles even blame millennials for killing chain restaurants such as Applebee's and TGI Fridays. i'm not even kidding. Buffalo Wild Wings even wrote a letter specifically blaming millennials for their downfall! These restaurants are known for their casual dining atmosphere. Despite their presence all over the US, their meals taste the same regardless of where you order it. Some articles point out that millennials actually like cooking, and that they'd rather spend that money on groceries.
in actuality, you could talk to any millennial and they'll mention their devotion to Starbucks or their love of delivery services. Fast food chains are also not doing badly. Like, at all One Reddit user pointed out why exactly Applebee's is failing. Knowing that anyone can boil a potato, add Kraft cheese to it and put it in the microwave would also cause you not to spend your money in the place that does exactly what you see in this photo. A post by Eater also showed why millennials are right not to spend their money in casual dining areas that blame them for their downfall. Other redditors contributed their stories about how they felt that fast food was superior to casual dining. So there you have it! If you want millennials to buy your food, make it good! It's what they're paying you for in the first place.
4 When Baby Boomers had laptop problems
We rely on technology on a daily basis. It doesn't matter how proficient you are at it, but almost everything we need to do nowadays requires basic knowledge of how to use a laptop. We know that there was a time when penmanship was extremely important. Judging by how much people complain about the penmanship of doctors, it's probably still important today.
The reason why millennials' penmanship might not be great is a chicken or egg question. Did schools stop teaching cursive because of technology or did technological dependency cause this problem? If we think about this problem through a lens like this, then it makes sense that millennials aren't that great at something that's kinda obsolete.
Still, this tweet forces people to think about which thing might be worse. Yes, having bad cursive can be annoying for people who are stuck reading it. Today's technology means that there are few opportunities to write something down. Writing something that's a bit ugly may cost one to throw out a piece of paper in disgust. But getting a virus thanks to a lack of internet literacy? This is a cause for alarm that could cost Baby Boomers some serious cash. Millennials are right about this. Trust us.
3 When Baby Boomers complained that millennials haven't seen a cow
The countryside is full of fresh air, beautiful greenery and cows that millennials apparently have never seen. Telegraph is a well known UK publication that wrote an article describing how millennials haven't seen cows in real life. The article came from a good place. It's true that many people are unaware of which foods are seasonal. We must ask ourselves who raised a generation that is so blatantly unaware of the countryside and its virtues. We know that millennials didn't invent TV dinners or frozen foods.
This Twitter user has noticed how much the media blames millennials for what seems likes everything.
Naturally, they had to clap back at Telegraph about the many things that millennials are blamed for. There's also the fact that there's an app that teaches people about seasonal produce. Whether or not the brainchild of this app came from a non-millennial, you can bet a lot of millennials (probably) worked hard to make this app possible. This article is even more hilarious because Telegraph also published an article in 2014 explaining how 9 out of 10 British people need to learn about seasonal food. Math isn't our forté but we know that 9 out of 10 people in the UK aren't millennials. Hey, learning about cows and the countryside is everyone's job.
2 When millennials wanted to live
Looking at this Twitter burn, the only thing we can say is ouch! There are many surveys that explain what millennials think about health and wellness.
First of all, millennials tend to care about healthy food and are reportedly willing to pay more if their options are nutritious. They care about sustainable foods, and this impacts their attitude towards buying things. When it comes to healthcare, a survey showed that they care about digital access, patient-centered attention and an overall efficient service. This paints a picture of a generation that's interested in living well.
Entire generations of Americans have known what they need to do in order to prolong their lives. Millennials are one of the few generations interested in drinking less, working out more, and eating healthier. It's as if any criticism towards them show that previous generations are angry at this new generation for taking their advice.
This Twitter user is mentioning healthcare on a general level. However, many millennials gripe about healthcare because of the big bills associated with it. They're also quite likely to request estimates before getting treatment. Given healthcare's high cost, why wouldn't they? The sarcasm here is strong. We can only guess that it got so many retweets because of the sentiment behind it.
1 When they remembered who really invented narcissism
Cognitive science was sort of invented in World War II. Commissioned portraits of rich people have been around since forever. It's one thing to take a selfie, but it's a whole other story to hire some poor painter to scrape your face together with a brush. A study actually showed that people who take selfies fall into several categories. Guess what? Not all of them are narcissists! It follows that perhaps not everyone who had to sit through a portrait wasn't always self-centered.
We can also appreciate the fact that not every generation had a camera at their disposal.
What would narcissists have done back in the day if they had to use the cameras that we have today? That's something we'll never know. With apps that allow such fun photography experiences, it only makes sense that millennials take a picture using the next cute fad. If you think about it, there are many people whose faces we'll never know because there was no one around to paint them. Painters were considered professionals who had to get paid, and still do! At least today, even broke millennials can take a picture once in a while. It's up to them what filter they use, right?
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