We are all probably pretty used to different generations rarely seeing eye-to-eye by now. Older people’s opinions often get dismissed with a simple “ok, boomer,” millennials get blamed for being lazy and entitled, and in the meantime, no one seems to have figured out how old Gen Z should be by now.
Apparently, the recent events regarding the coronavirus pandemic seem to become a battlefield for the generations yet again. A lot of media outlets have published catchy titles and blamed millennials for taking the pandemic lightheartedly and swarming the beaches despite health officials’ recommendations of self-isolation and quarantine. But it seems that millennials might turn the tables as they have swarmed Twitter instead of those beaches—all that in an attempt to explain that they’re actually too old to be going on spring break.
You may have seen some news outlets guilt-tripping millennials for partying during spring break despite the pandemic
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There seems to be a lot of confusion between different generations. While some of them are caused by cultural differences and age gaps, some of them are caused by confusion over who belongs to which generation. Most sources agree that baby boomers are the people born between 1946 and 1963, while Generation X are people born between 1965 and 1975.
They blamed millennials for not taking the pandemic seriously
“One of the things that terrifies me now is, as this is spread in the west is, there’s this sense of invulnerability among millennials.”
— TIME (@TIME) March 20, 2020
There is some confusion regarding millennials, though. Most sources state that millennials, or Gen Y, are born between 1977 and 1995, while others argue that they’re born between 1982 and 2000. The generation born after them is known as Generation Z, iGen, or Centennials.
Some even encouraged the millennials to grow up
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Retired psychologist Arvin Engelmaan says it’s normal among psychologists to expect a lack of solidarity between generations. “It’s a vicious cycle,” he says. “Everyone tends to forget different generations are dependent on one another in so many complex ways. We as people should seek to overcome our differences and all unite as one, instead of avoiding shared responsibility and putting blame on each other.”
It seems that it was the last straw for a lot of millennials as they swarmed Twitter to explain they’re actually too old to be going on spring break
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He instantly digs deeper and says the reason for the lack of solidarity that can be observed among different generations is most likely caused by unresolved personal issues people have with their parents and encourages people to “find your peace with them. That doesn’t mean you have to become best friends. Just allow each other to make mistakes.”
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