I have taken to saying that things are “fire” when I mean that they are “lit”; that there are things that I “stan” or that there are things I am not “too mad with”.
If you have been around the internet lately, you must have gotten used to people being trolled for being “boomers” and some others trying to understand “millennials” or calling out the “Gen Zs” and you might have been more than a little confused.
The Generations attempt to group humans based on the things they have lived through and experienced. The most popular ones right now are the Baby Boomers, the Millennials and the Gen Z and I’ll tell you a little bit about them.
Like most things that attempt to group humans, the dates are approximate and there are some overlaps because there is no standard definition for when a generation begins and when it ends.
Boomers were born between 1946 and 1964. The World War II had just ended and I guess humans realized how fickle life is. During that period, there was a baby boom. Boomers grew up in a time of prosperity and an absence of world wars. They grew up believing they could do all things, and they did some great things, like put the first man on the moon.
“Ok boomer!” is a slang that you might have heard recently, used sarcastically by younger generations while referring to older people. A term so bad, it is often regarded as the N-word for the generations, and it’s often used when younger people want to express the fact that the old people just do not get it.
Old people always think that younger people are lazy and entitled and self-serving and the younger people think the old people just don’t get it, and if the scientists are right, that friction will always exist even though data show that the kids these days are better than kids years ago as they are making better life choices although probably more depressed and anxious than kids back then – but that’s a story for another day.
Millennials are also referred to as Gen Y or Gen Next. They were born around 1980 – 1994 when online companies like Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and Paypal were on the rise. Ideally, they are tech-savvy.
They have been accused of always seeking instant gratification and having a robust sense of entitlement and have been praised for being open-minded and curious to list a few.
The Gen Z was born between 1995 and 2012. They are a generation that seems to be all about acceptance and celebrating their unconventional views on gender and identity.
It is the generation where saying that things are ‘fire’ is cool but probably until next month, and for which we have a limited number of pronouns to properly identify a person.
The Gen Z has been voted less likely to go to church, more likely to think for themselves and not believe authority figures in the church or government and most likely to be depressed and suicidal.
They are also called the iGeners and you could understand why the boomers think they are wasting their lives and why they think they have it all figured out.
Some critics believe that this classification by generation much like astrology is a bunch of hocus pocus and that human beings exist and behave the way they do as a result of genetics and their own unique experiences and that trying to classify them or trying to make them fit into classes is hogwash and probably more about social class as crass behaviour and self-interest can be found in any age.
To this, Gen Z replied “Ok boomer!”