OK, Boomer

02Throughout time, generations have gotten on each other’s nerves. Dad would keep the car radio tuned to the station playing the Andrews Sisters. I am certain my kids tired of listening to Otis Redding. Seldom have the feuds reached the point of techno-warfare at home and office the present spat has reached, however.

“Gen Z launched a preemptive strike against baby boomers earlier this fall,” Megan Gerhardt, professor of leadership and management at the Farmer School of Business at Miami University, wrote, “using the most powerful weapons in their arsenal — social messaging platforms TikTok, Snapchat and Instagram — to create a simple, yet biting, retort to a generation they perceive as old-school and out of touch: ‘OK, Boomer.’

”If you are uncertain on whose side you should be enlisted, Boomers were born between 1944 and 1964. Gen X was born between 1965 and 1979. Millennials were born between 1980 and 1994. Gen Z (did you know there was a Gen Z?) was born between 1995 and 2015.

Gerhardt explained why the repartee seems sharper than with other subjects. “Generational difference is one of the final frontiers where identity-based stereotypes, prejudice and putdowns are allowed to not only run rampant but also to be expressed without shame,” Gerhard wrote for NBC News… (a subscription to the Jimplecute is required to continue reading this article).

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