Millennials: A Generation Stuck Between X & Z

Generation gap!

No offense to my husband and some close friends who fall into the ‘older’ Gen X, but we Millennials are simply cooler than you guys! Even though we are stuck between Gen X and the supposedly trendy Gen Z, I call my millennial clan The BEST! Some of the definitions provide a slight overlap in the years, but the common claim is that our generation was born between 1980 and circa 2000 (some claim it to be 1996). I find being among the older millennials an advantage because I think we have the best of both worlds: we are not so ancient that we don’t know our tech and because we aren’t too old, we are also adept at catching up with the younger kids without much hassle. But we have reached a stage where generation gap has become a reality between us and young kids, especially those that fall under Gen Alpha (born in 2010 or later)

You are probably thinking why I am talking about generations and gaps today. It was brought on by a video shared by a friend, Ms. M. She mentioned the plight of millennial parents and their super advanced digital-age kids and sent me this hilarious video of a son testing his mother’s knowledge of modern chat lingo. My favorite was the ending where the mom makes a comeback and stumps the son by asking him the expansion of HTTP. I am considerably tech savvy and have a social media presence and stuff but to be honest (would it be cooler to say TBH?), I did not for the longest of time know what many chat short forms stood for. For instance, during a conversation, a cousin texted IKR and I was like, What is that?! I have now learned that IKR stands for I Know Right, IDC means I Don’t Care, YOLO stands for You Only Live Once and IRL is In Real Life. I guess the reason why many of us do not know or use these abbreviations is because we grew up writing complete words. I think I can generalize (because I know many who will agree with me) when I say that regardless of whether we write an informal email or a text message, many of us still prefer to write words and not GM and IDK. What annoys me the most are not these universally accepted short forms but the ones created by some people who are too busy to type a few extra alphabets. For instance, I often receive messages like Hw r u? Sry, I cud not come tdy, and and my least favorite, K for OK. Well, these are my pet peeves. Is there an abbreviation you particularly like or dislike?

I don’t mean to hurt those who use this language extensively but I feel that the usage of chat lingo has exploded over the past few years partly because of laziness on the part of the users. And now, with all our phones equipped with voice commands, the sluggishness is only set to increase. Recently, an 11 year old in my parent’s apartment told my mom, “Aunty, I always use voice commands on my phone because I don’t like to type.” If it goes this way, even typing might become extinct soon.

The tech guru and the mothers

Moving away from my generation and the younger ones, let’s take a moment to talk about an older generation — the one that our parents belong to. I would like to specifically talk about both our mothers. They were introduced to smart phones a few years ago and are now pretty good at using it for their specific needs. Last year when they were visiting us, Mr. P took it upon himself to sit the mothers down and teach them the basics. My MIL had been using her phone for a while and she thought she only needed WhatsApp. She even said, “Inikkyu phone upayogikkyaan ariyaam, onnum padikyanda.” (I know how to use the phone and don’t need to learn anything more). But after a few sessions with her son, she realized there was a lot more she could do with the device. I should also add that Mr. P sat through these sessions and answered all their questions so patiently that now they both consider him their tech guru :-).

I started this post talking about how we millennials are sandwiched between Gen X and Gen Y. As I conclude, I can only say that though each generation has its highs and lows, technology has become the common thread that has considerably reduced the generation gap to bring us all together. Especially during this global pandemic during which most of us have been hanging out with family members virtually, ROFLing together in a group chat and end conversations with TC, I’ll TTYL.

So until next time, all I have to say is TGIF and I hope you all have an awesome weekend!


5 thoughts on “Millennials: A Generation Stuck Between X & Z

  1. Hhaa!hhaa! East or West, Gen Y is the best! Atleast till these li’l Z’s grow up to see this comment of mine.. (hi5!) As you said we are not too outdated yet, at the same time we can easily put ourselves in the shoes of Gen X. We are flexible and I’m pretty proud about that.
    But as I grow older, I wonder where the next gen heading upto.. we see in that hilarious video you shared.. son being too proud about all those (not so important) abbreviations and never bothered to know what’s http. Hope they’ll be smart enough to handle the future that’s awaiting them.
    By the way (and definitely not btw) what’s the big deal about typing full three words??!! Idk for I don’t know? Duh!!

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  2. The comment definitely has to be TinC. GenGap has always troubled ppl for ages. I used to wear BB trousers and tongue collar shirts and had unruly hair to go with it. A peace locket or medallion on a dirty stinking string used to be a status symbol. Some of these fashions repeated and probably would come again.
    The thought processes have definitely changed.
    We could see theses changes even while in service. As a Sub Lt, when we were sitting in our ship’s dining room, even if an unknown officer walked in inquiring about his friend, the first step was to offer him a seat an a drink, that was instant camaraderie. By the time I became a Commander and served on ships, the youngsters sitting around would look blank or just sate that they do not know about the whereabouts. A definite shrinking of the spontaneous camaraderie.
    After leaving Navy, while recruiting people for projects, we could make out the lack of hands on skills at work and shirking of such jobs. Most of the people irrespective of the technical academic discipline wanted white collar jobs or at least Brown collar ones, not blue collar jobs.
    There is no escape from GenGap, even micro ones with bandwidth of just a few years.

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