#HowToConfuseAMillennial - The Millennials Strike Back
|Img source: thepostturtle.com|
The point of the hashtag originally was for members with a few more years’ life experience, let’s say, to point out humorous differences between the ‘Millennial’ lifestyle today and what they had grown up with. A light-hearted sort of ‘then and now’ kind of deal.
For instance, it started off with some harmless ribbing:
But some of the tweets weren't so tame, and appeared to have a lecturing, bitter edge to them:
Inform them that they're free today because of the exertions of better men than themselves #HowToConfuseAMillennial pic.twitter.com/hgR8xj2qp2— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) September 4, 2016
Explain how we used to be social, before media#HowToConfuseAMillennial— Jeff Dwoskin (@bigmacher) September 4, 2016
While sometimes quite amusing, the pointed criticisms of some of the tweets provoked a confused and then a more angry response.
Some questioned why their generation was being attacked:
#HowToConfuseAMillennial have them wake up Sunday morning to a hashtag like this where you vilify them for no reason— سامر / Samer (@WaladShami) September 4, 2016
#HowToConfuseAMillennial be racist, homophobic, transphobic etc. yet also complain about how this generation is disrespectful— shehzadi (@ellliotaIderson) September 4, 2016
While others hit back with their own fun-poking observations:
Baby boomers will tweet #HowToConfuseAMillennial then call us to fix their internet problems 30s later pic.twitter.com/hLt9KLjoCc— mark (@bringbackjozea) September 4, 2016
#HowToConfuseAMillennial— Chris Melberger 👉 (@chrismelberger) September 4, 2016
"cursive handwriting is super important and you will use it all the time when you are older"
I particularly enjoyed this brutal dig:
#HowToConfuseAMillennial tell us to stop being so reliant on technology while you sit there on life support pic.twitter.com/qxX3i5zeC0— gratuity tucci (@aolanibani) September 4, 2016
The banterous exchange turned a little sour, however, when things got just a little too real:
#HowToConfuseAMillennial— Carl Kinsella (@TVsCarlKinsella) September 4, 2016
Destroy the housing market
Replace grad jobs with unpaid internships
Tell them to buy a house
#HowToConfuseAMillennial Crash their economy and then condescendingly ask why so many of them are living with their parents.— ModernManKevinBacon (@Notintheface1) September 4, 2016
You can be expelled from a university for plagiarism but you'll only get a slap on the wrist for raping someone #HowToConfuseaMillennial— lew. (@Blink1EightyLew) September 4, 2016
Tell them mental health is important while they run between three part-time jobs. #HowToConfuseAMillennial— Asher Wolf (@Asher_Wolf) September 5, 2016
One pointed out an obvious truth about the whole situation:
I like how #HowToConfuseAMillennial is trending right now. Don't the people who hate millennials realize THEY were the ones who raised them?— Cory Williams (@smpfilms) September 4, 2016
This particular Twitter battle seems to have brought out some resentment which has been bubbling under the surface for a while. Anxiety and anger from both sides of the widening generational gap began to erupt in a very public way. Soon there was blood all over the Twittersphere.
#HowToConfuseAMillennial re-enact the contempt for the younger generation that your parents infuriated you by expressing— thomas violence (@thomas_violence) September 5, 2016
It's interesting to see tensions playing themselves out online, in the clipped context of the 140-character posts we know as 'tweets'. Twitter has become a politicised space, and one in which the public is voicing all kinds of highly charged opinions and controversial views.
Naomi is an English graduate with an itch to write. Her free time is spent blogging, reading feminist writing, cycling, cooking and managing her food Instagram account. Her not-so secret talent is the ability to nap anywhere. Follow her @Songbird_Naomi
Contact us on Twitter, on Facebook, or leave your comments below. To find out about social media training or management why not take a look at our website for more info: TheSMFGroup.com
#HowToConfuseAMillennial - The Millennials Strike Back Reviewed by Naomi Pyburn on Wednesday, September 07, 2016 Rating: