Millennials Are Sharing The Most Unfair Stereotypes Gen Z AND Boomers Have Given Them

Rae Batchelor
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Being a millennial can be tough — with boomers on one side and Gen Z on the other, it can be hard to find your footing and figure out exactly who you're supposed to be. Luckily, (or not so luckily) these other generations have some pretty specific ideas about millennials, who have taken to the Internet to share the most annoying ones.

That they grew up on the Internet.

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"Y’all realize we are in our mid-late 30’s now right? And we straddle the cultural divide. We grew up without the internet and cell phones. Sure, the more well off amongst us had a computer and internet maybe by the mid 90’s but the younger generation can’t grasp how different it was," shared simonsb.

"We spent our formative years with a budding technology and a lot of us figured it out and embraced it. So, why shouldn’t we be the ones who are helping to move it forward? We see both ends, the magic of it because of how new it was and how ever changing, and we also know how to fix things."

That they're always on their phones.

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"I hate that millennials get pinned as being addicted to their phones. Like, always behind a screen and not interacting with the real world," wrote Omega-10. "I for one try really hard to have good phone etiquette and what I've noticed is, boomers can be really bad at this."

That they don't take work seriously.

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"I had to sit my peer (55+) down and tell him that the millennials he was bitching about were the same age as the “very qualified and mission focused” person he’s been working with for the past decade," shared werewolf3five9.

That money issues are their fault.

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"Look at the average wage vs. the cost of rent, health care, and higher education now, vs. what it was a few decades ago. Boomers had it far easier than we did but act like our generation's struggles just boil down to a lack of hard work," shared Reddit user ClvrNickname.

That we were spoiled by "participation trophies."

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ClvrNickname continued, adding, "Also, the "participation trophy" meme, aside from being largely [expletive] anyway, raises the question: whose generation was giving out the participation trophies? Why would you blame the kids who received them?"

That everyone younger than 50 is a millennial.

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"As a younger millennial, I hate people bringing up that I eat tidepods," shared cloudsandlightning. "Ma’am people my age were out of college and in the working world by the time tik tok challenges were a thing."

That they're not polite.

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"I’ve worked retail, and I’m a nurse now, and Boomers are consistently the age group who are more unreasonable and less compassionate — NOT older millennials," shared emmyharper.

That they don't have any DIY skills.

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"I’ve been building things my entire life, and now I bought a Boomer's house and am fixing all his boomer shortcuts and mistakes and laziness," wrote miatapasta.

That they're irresponsible for having debt.

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“These irresponsible millennials and their elitist liberal educations! If they’d been smart, they’d go to community college and transfer/go to trade school. They won’t just take a job, any job to pay the bills. They could flip burgers. Why should we pay for their mistakes?” wrote fishmom5 in imitation of what they hear from other generations.

That they don't know how to use classic technology.

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"Millennial here. I grew up with rotary phones, 5.25" floppy disks, a vcr with a corded remote, a gigantic satellite dish in the back yard, lawn darts, and riding my bike down to the corner store to get snuff for my grandpa with nothing but a note giving his permission," wrote little_brown_bat.

That anyone over 20 is a boomer.

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"Born in '89 and was told 'OK Boomer' by a [expeltive] little 14-16 year old kid in a school uniform, never wanted to strike a child so much in my life," shared Empty-Refrigerator.

That they're all tech geniuses.

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"Older people think I should be able to fix any problem they may have with a computer or phone," wrote TigerTownTerror.

That they're sensitive snowflakes.

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"Everyone has always been sensitive. Everyone has always been easily offended. What people are offended by has changed. And now there's a word for it," shared Abderian87.

"What used to offend people isn't as offensive anymore," they continued.

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"What those same people used to think was normal or didn't think about at all has become offensive, often (but not always) for good reason. And we can now broadcast our feelings to the whole world at the click of a mouse, rather than just pass 'em around to the good ol' boys in a smokey room over a game of Bridge."