Every single time someone or something reminds us that we are, or are becoming, old, we cannot help feeling a bit sad and melancholic. As we age and the newer generations take over the control, it is quite awkward to simply let go and cope with the fact that from that point on, you will probably become the second best.
While the discussion between Millennials, people from Generation Y, born between 1981 and 1996, and baby boomers seemed to be never-ending, a new generation appeared and seems to be ruling the world.
The older generation maintained that Millennials are ruining the economy and the world in general, and was accused of being the culprit for any minor inconvenience Millennials stumble upon during the difficult period of growing up.
Yet, this new, fresher ‘generation z’ or ‘Genz’, which involves the people born from the mid-1990s to mid-2000s, is apparently making everyone feel old.
Even though Millennials are not that old, as of 2019, the oldest members are 38 years of age, they are starting to feel ancient in comparison to these youngsters. Members of Gen Z are true digital natives since they have been exposed to the internet, to social networks, and mobile systems from earliest youth.
This hypercognitive generation is very comfortable with collecting and cross-referencing numerous sources of information and integrating virtual and offline experiences. This generation is considered to be in search for the truth, in both, a personal and communal form, and this, in turn, generates greater freedom of expression and greater openness to understanding different kinds of people.
Gen Zer’s are seen to be more entrepreneurial than millennials, and according to Gen Z marketing strategist, Deep Patel, “the newly developing high tech and highly networked world has resulted in an entire generation thinking and acting more entrepreneurially.”
Many Millennials have recently admitted feeling 38 million years old on social media, as the members of the Generation Z cannot relate to a lot of items their predecessors knew and used.
Millennials were considered undisciplined and delinquent by the Generation X and the baby boomers (born from the 40s to the late 70s), the new set of people is now receiving all the aggression.
Well, they got it all ready for them to enjoy, living in an era of numerous advanced technological gadgets, machines, and devices.
Millennials lived in a time when Polaroid cameras and radio cassette players were the latest hit, and used the ridiculous circle-eared alarm clocks, and had 3MB floppy disks, and antenna-wired monstrosities as cell phones, RGB cables, Word Perfect, and Game Boy.
On the other hand, the Generation Z babies seem to have it all from the start: smartphones, digital cameras and alarms, Plasma TVs, Word 2016, Xboxes, and external hard drives running into terabytes of storage capacity.
And even though Millennials are using all of these now, they are a bit jealous for not having them when they were kids.
They started sharing pictures of some of the objects and items from their time on Twitter, and surprisingly, many members of the younger generation had no clue what any of those things are.
Well, times have changed so much, so it is ok to feel a bit old, Millennials, as you actually are.
In the "I'm getting old" department.., a kid saw this and said, "oh, you 3D-printed the 'Save' Icon." pic.twitter.com/rwgCpSjfDQ
— Bill Gross (@Bill_Gross) October 17, 2017
Admit you’re old……Retweet if you know what this is pic.twitter.com/1kj8r7MpID
— Siobhán McHatton (@Alltheway80s) March 20, 2018
— Jordan Miller (@TheJordanMiller) July 9, 2018
i just asked my sister what this is, she said 'record player?' I WAS LAUGHIN TOO HARD SHE WAS YELLING "WHAT? WHAT IS IT? A TV?" yall im done https://t.co/AfpFdPEI62
— marina 🥀 (@marinap_13) July 28, 2017
My 18 year old brother just asked me what this is pic.twitter.com/lan8Axo9xh
— the Sweatpants ninja (@NinjaSweatpants) June 25, 2014
Today, one of the kids I babysit asked me "what is this lever for" and I had to explain it rolls the windows up and down. Yes, I do feel old pic.twitter.com/huKMqR8EoH
— Stephanie Lentz (@StephanieLentz) June 19, 2017
— Gil_6:30 (@Gil_630) August 8, 2016
saniya just asked "what are these?" lol made me and @MajorTayIor feel old! pic.twitter.com/yc1PIQvscP
— d. 📸 (@dianaYe_) October 22, 2016