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Prowler
07-03-2017, 04:01 PM
So... Millennials. Or Gen Y. Apparently it's people born between 1981 and 1994-1995. Basically, I, a guy born in 1990, is a part of that generation.

Well, like every other generation out there, it has good and bad things. And the people who are in their 20s nowadays will most likely have different opinions when they get in their 50s. Kind of like baby boomers became quite conservative in the 80s when they were organising student protests and the whole "make love not war" thing in the 60s.

What don't I like about this generation? Well, its obsession with social networks. Especially the duckface photos and such. Nothing wrong with using facebook or instagram, but lots of people clearly don't use it so smartly. Although it's not just young people who act stupid on it.

Another big gripe of mine is the excessive political correctness by so many people of my age bracket. They see prejudice where it doesn't exist. Also, why does this generation have so many militant vegans? Holy hell.

Then there's things like manbuns, twerking, "bae", "thug life", etc. that's just stupid or annoying.

Things I like about this generation? Its appreciation of nostalgia and older things. The internet is a great resource to discover old video games, tv shows, anime, etc. that might as well be new for us. That's my favourite thing, I think. Another one is that people around my age usually don't care much for religion. And if they do, they're usually not in your face crazy about it.

What about you?

Candy Kappa
07-03-2017, 04:07 PM
I think this video sums it up

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Prowler
07-03-2017, 04:08 PM
I think this video sums it up

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You did it wrong. Remember the way to embed a YT video on this website is diff from other websites. I keep forgetting the trick.

EDIT: Nvm, can see it now. I'll watch it and tell you later what I think.

Cure
07-03-2017, 04:20 PM
Millenials are dope.

CyberCubed
07-03-2017, 04:28 PM
I think the funny thing is we were all born at the exact right time that everything was going on. Videogames became big in the mid-80's and now virtually all millennials play videogames, whereas our parents generation did not. Movies/TV shows, etc. all got huge because of VHS and then DVD and now online streaming that we can watch anything we want, whenever we want.

Anime exploded in the west in the late 90's and early 2000's, before that anime was non-existent outside of Japan. Cartoons started getting much better in the 90's and early/mid 2000's than before.

All the most popular celebrities, movie stars, singers, actors, etc. all seemed to have gotten their start around the 80's, 90's, or early 2000's. We can literally watch the most famous actors/singers entire careers in the span of a week or two.

Also we were born into technology. Can you believe the internet did not even exist to the general public before 1995? Or the rise of cell phones? Or as I said VHS/DVD, etc? We got it all. Videogames, e-mail, online streaming, etc. Taking pictures with your phone...you don't even need to own a camera anymore. Can you believe people used to write handwritten letters to one another?

Then of course there's the rise of "date whoever you want." Gone are the traditional family values of a man and woman getting married and having two or three kids. Now you can never get married, never have kids, have multiple relationships, gay or lesbian relationships, have two girlfriends at the same time, etc. The old traditional values of 1950's America are now gone. Do whatever you want, be whoever you want.

What a time to be alive.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
07-03-2017, 04:28 PM
They're participating in killing traditional, time-and country-bound, radio and TV and that's very fascinating.

IndigoErth
07-03-2017, 04:33 PM
Personally I find it weird that anyone born before 2000 is considered one. Sure, Gen Y was a lazy naming job, but why do people who were Gen Y for many years prior to the 21st century suddenly grabbing (or being forced to adopt) a whole other label. I could understand late 90s babies maybe being included, but other than that I think kids born the first decade or two of this century should get to be the owners of that label...

CyberCubed
07-03-2017, 04:37 PM
80's and 90's generation should be labeled, "New World Order."

2000's kids should be "Millennials."

I feel like 80's and 90's kids shaped the world as we know it.

Prowler
07-03-2017, 04:40 PM
OK the guy in that video makes lots of good points. And ofc as people get older their narcissism and their entitlement levels will go down.

Personally I find it weird that anyone before before 2000 is considered one. Sure, Gen Y was a lazy naming job, but why do people who were Gen Y for many years prior to the 21st century suddenly grabbing (or being forced to adopt) a whole other label. I could understand late 90s babies maybe being included, but other than that I think kids born the first decade or two of this century should get to be the owners of that label...
Well yeah. I, too, was surprised when I found out that people born in 1995 were included in the same bag as people born in 1981. And, at first, I assume Millennial was for kids born around 2000-2001 as well, but then again those kids aren't even 18 yet, so they're not having a huge impact on the world yet.

And ofc generations are man made, as the video Kappa posted above says. I was born in 1990 and have seen people born later or earlier telling me "I'm part of the 1991 generation" or "I'm part of the 1988 generation".

Tbh, I believe that the only generational name that's consensual is the baby boomer generation considering those people were born in the years after the largest war in the history of mankind.

IndigoErth
07-03-2017, 04:41 PM
I feel like 80's and 90's kids shaped the world as we know it.

I can certainly think of generations who will really disagree with that. Esp those who participated in World Wars, Vietnam, protesting to get the vote, race equal rights, etc, as opposed to some 25-year-old who created an app or something. :P

Prowler
07-03-2017, 04:43 PM
80's and 90's generation should be labeled, "New World Order."

2000's kids should be "Millennials."

I feel like 80's and 90's kids shaped the world as we know it.
Why New World Order? lol

Shaped the world as we know it? Dude until people born from the 1980s onward become state leaders you can't say that.

I can certainly think of generations who will really disagree with that. Esp those who participated in World Wars, Vietnam, protesting to get the vote, race equal rights, etc, as opposed to some 25-year-old who created an app or something. :P
Yeah I'd say baby boomers still get that credit.

ToTheNines
07-03-2017, 04:44 PM
Baby boomers are ****ing filth.

Millenials are dope.

Yeah boy.

CyberCubed
07-03-2017, 04:48 PM
Also our generation is far less racist or homophobic than our parents generation. For obvious reasons, it always seems like the most racist/homophobic people are the 50+ and over crowd who were born in the old days. I guess it was just the way things were back then.

Prowler
07-03-2017, 04:52 PM
Baby boomers are ****ing filth.

eh my parents are OK.

Also our generation is far less racist or homophobic than our parents generation. For obvious reasons, it always seems like the most racist/homophobic people are the 50+ and over crowd who were born in the old days. I guess it was just the way things were back then.

Hmm... I wouldn't really generalise it that way. It's just that nowadays it's way less socially acceptable to be openly racist. But there's lots of prejudiced younger people. Also, baby boomers were the young people of their time that fought to end discrimination against certain types of people. They can't all have become prejudiced as they aged.

IndigoErth
07-03-2017, 05:21 PM
Where we are today is still connected to the work of prior generations in prior centuries. Wouldn't have what we do now if it wasn't built up from the work of others. Every generation brings their own stuff to the table and tweaks what needs changing. Normal progress. The first generation that doesn't, or worse, takes us backwards... well, I guess they were a waste and prob ruined things instead.



Kids and young adults these days didn't just magically become less racist... They only got that way because older generations realized it was wrong and chose to raise them differently. (Granted some families still maintained the old mentality.)

Prowler
07-03-2017, 05:23 PM
Where we are today is still connected to the work of prior generations in prior centuries. Every generation brings their own stuff to the table and tweaks what needs changing. Normal progress. The first generation that doesn't, or worse, takes us backwards... well, I guess they were a waste and prob ruined things instead.
Eh... progress isn't always forward. I mean Europe took several step downs from the fall of the Roman Empire into the Middle Ages aka the Dark Ages. Then got back on its feet again during the Renaissance. Who knows if Europe wont' go back to being a hell hole 200 years from now on.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
07-04-2017, 03:18 AM
Eh... progress isn't always forward. I mean Europe took several step downs from the fall of the Roman Empire into the Middle Ages aka the Dark Ages. Then got back on its feet again during the Renaissance. Who knows if Europe wont' go back to being a hell hole 200 years from now on.

I don't know if the Age of Renaissance in Europe was so good, except some scieitists who almost died for it. Kings and queens under absolute power, nobility still strong and almost always inner-Christian war between Protestants and Roman Catholics. Better Age of Enlightenment then.

snake
07-04-2017, 03:41 AM
They're bad but not as cancerous as boomers. I have more faith in my generation (gen z) than the already failed millennials.

Prowler
07-04-2017, 12:05 PM
They're bad but not as cancerous as boomers. I have more faith in my generation (gen z) than the already failed millennials.
What do you think are the main differences between your generation and the millennial one?

Eh I don't think boomers are that bad. I've met lots of very interesting and cool people in their 50s-60s.

CyberCubed
07-04-2017, 12:27 PM
They're bad but not as cancerous as boomers. I have more faith in my generation (gen z) than the already failed millennials.

You guys grew up with social media, selfies, and youtube...I say you guys already have it worse off. I suggest you guys invent something that will change the world like teleportation, time travel, or flying cars to make up for it.

DisKosh
07-04-2017, 01:12 PM
Also our generation is far less racist or homophobic than our parents generation. For obvious reasons, it always seems like the most racist/homophobic people are the 50+ and over crowd who were born in the old days. I guess it was just the way things were back then.

True, although I find that the racist views of older people tend to arise from lack of awareness rather than malice. When I've seen younger people be racist they're generally more malicious (although this is a huge generalisation).

As for social media and selfies, I don't really mind. People are always complaining about how selfies are narcissistic but it wasn't our generation who posed for hours while someone took a photo or even painted a portrait.

Right now the trendy thing among the previous generations is to bash millennials and it's common amongst us to bash baby boomers but this generational 'war' has been going on for literally thousands of years. To be perfectly honest, I think we're better using that energy for more important things that will benefit everyone.

snake
07-04-2017, 01:38 PM
You guys grew up with social media, selfies, and youtube...I say you guys already have it worse off. I suggest you guys invent something that will change the world like teleportation, time travel, or flying cars to make up for it.

We're ingrained into the technology, providing a unique connection with it than any other generation. You're obsolete, old man.

Prowler
07-04-2017, 01:40 PM
You guys grew up with social media, selfies, and youtube...I say you guys already have it worse off. I suggest you guys invent something that will change the world like teleportation, time travel, or flying cars to make up for it.

As cool as that sounds do you really want to risk such technology falling into the hands of the wrong people?!

True, although I find that the racist views of older people tend to arise from lack of awareness rather than malice. When I've seen younger people be racist they're generally more malicious (although this is a huge generalisation).

As for social media and selfies, I don't really mind. People are always complaining about how selfies are narcissistic but it wasn't our generation who posed for hours while someone took a photo or even painted a portrait.

Right now the trendy thing among the previous generations is to bash millennials and it's common amongst us to bash baby boomers but this generational 'war' has been going on for literally thousands of years. To be perfectly honest, I think we're better using that energy for more important things that will benefit everyone.
Yeah that is a good point. Lots of times older people are just less educated or grew up in a different world than we did. So you can see where they're coming from.

I had no idea trashing baby boomers was still a thing. As the years go by, less and less people under 25 will be children of baby boomers. If anything, shouldn't people be "bashing" Gen Xers now?

snake
07-04-2017, 01:40 PM
What do you think are the main differences between your generation and the millennial one?

Eh I don't think boomers are that bad. I've met lots of very interesting and cool people in their 50s-60s.

#notallboomers, but they've pretty much given way to all the PC crap as well as destroying the economy by using as much f*cking resources as possible. Gen X and Y are sh*tty too, they're not off the hook.


American culture has been on a steady decline since the 50s, but I think Gen Z will turn things around. Don't get me wrong, each generation has it's retards, but I think we're on a much better footing.

Prowler
07-04-2017, 01:47 PM
#notallboomers, but they've pretty much given way to all the PC crap as well as destroying the economy by using as much f*cking resources as possible. Gen X and Y are sh*tty too, they're not off the hook.


American culture has been on a steady decline since the 50s, but I think Gen Z will turn things around. Don't get me wrong, each generation has it's retards, but I think we're on a much better footing.
Well yes, the economy part is true. But PC? That's something I don't really associate with baby boomers but more with people under 30. Boomers tend to be more moderate and when they skew more to one side it tends to be right-wing. Ofc this could be different among the people you know or in your country...

DisKosh
07-04-2017, 02:33 PM
I had no idea trashing baby boomers was still a thing. As the years go by, less and less people under 25 will be children of baby boomers. If anything, shouldn't people be "bashing" Gen Xers now?

I think it's because millennials are frequently told by boomers that they're lazy for not paying for their own tuition or they're unsuccessful because they haven't put down a deposit on a house yet.

Although I personally haven't come across any boomers like that. Funnily enough, pretty much everyone in my church are boomers and when topics relating to this subject comes up in conversation they always say how difficult the job/housing market is for younger people these days.

Then in the UK many people still blame Thatcher's policies for the housing situation. It was before my time but she sold off council houses to working class families at a lower rate to get them on the property ladder but as a result we have a shortage of council houses now and there's little in terms of financial support for under 25s to rent accommodation leaving many young people without families vulnerable.

CyberCubed
07-04-2017, 02:52 PM
We're ingrained into the technology, providing a unique connection with it than any other generation. You're obsolete, old man.

Heh, I was your age in the year 2000. So just imagine things not being THAT much different in the early 2000's when I was a teenager than things are now. As I said, we just didn't have social media, youtube, DVDs, iphones with selfies, etc.

In fact this very forum, the technodrome forums, started in 1999/2000. I didn't come here till around 2003 or so.

snake
07-05-2017, 08:26 AM
Heh, I was your age in the year 2000. So just imagine things not being THAT much different in the early 2000's when I was a teenager than things are now. As I said, we just didn't have social media, youtube, DVDs, iphones with selfies, etc.

In fact this very forum, the technodrome forums, started in 1999/2000. I didn't come here till around 2003 or so.

I'd reckon that things are pretty different. I remember 2006 being very different from what we have now. All this social media/awareness of the new generation stuff popped up around 2012. I like to think of that when regular people began using the internet and everything was ruined.

MsMarvelDuckie
07-05-2017, 09:48 AM
Actually that started well before that. I was on the Marvel boards and was a Mod there from 2002-07, and the Net was already starting to get a lot of trolls and douchebags even then.

snake
07-05-2017, 10:34 AM
Actually that started well before that. I was on the Marvel boards and was a Mod there from 2002-07, and the Net was already starting to get a lot of trolls and douchebags even then.

That's not what I'm talking about. Trolls were always around. I love a good troll myself. I'm talking about the average person using the internet because of social media. That's how we got things like reddit.

MsMarvelDuckie
07-05-2017, 10:50 AM
As I said, it was a thing even then. Most of the members on those boards were "normal" people, hanging out on forums to chat about any subject imaginable. It wasn't JUST "nerds/geeks" on those forums, it was average people hopping on the Net for the first time and discovering various communities. It's just that forums were basically the only form of "social media" aroud at the time. They didn't just appear when FB came about- they were ALWAYS here, they just migrated to the newer formats. MySpace had plenty of them too. I remember the general discussion sections of those boards being FAR more active than most of the comic-related ones at the time. For that matter, a large chunk of the members came in because of the X-Men and Spider-Man films making heroes more mainstream, and the other comic book movies that came later. Some people think that "average" Net users are just a recent tbing but that is really not the case. Social media has just made it more obvious. They were always around but social media had made them more obnoxious.

CyberCubed
07-05-2017, 12:03 PM
The internet was pretty mainstream by the early 2000's. It was back in 1996-1999 I'd say that only tech geeks or "nerds" used internet, while families just used stuff like AOL and "You got mail" and never did anything else.

Prowler
07-05-2017, 01:22 PM
Social networks were already a thing in the previous decade. The thing is, there were several of them and each was only popular in one country or a few ones. Per example, Hi5 was a very popular social network in my country around 2005-2009 while other countries had Bebo or Orkut. Myspace? That's mostly an American thing afaik. Only people I've met that had MySpace were aspiring musicians.

The thing is, it was pretty much only high school students and some people in their early 20s that used such social networks. When facebook came along around 2010 suddenly everyone's parents and grandparents hopped on the social network train as well. Not to mention in the previous decade you couldn't just as easily use the internet on your phone as you do nowadays. No one carried a camera in their pockets like nowadays since most phones had crappy camera quality.

Candy Kappa
07-05-2017, 01:26 PM
Before Facebook became a thing, we had websites like Blink and Nettby in Norway which was... cringy places in hindsight :lol:

CyberCubed
07-05-2017, 01:29 PM
People also just used forums/boards like this one before social media. Forums are a thing of the past now, but this is how so many people used to meet and become friends on so many different forums.

As you can see, most people here know each other from reading each others posts for so many years. So it proves forums are still just as good or better than social media. Plus posts stay forever, whereas in social media they get buried more easily.

Prowler
07-05-2017, 01:30 PM
I've only been on the internet since 2000 or 2001 so I can't comment about how it was in the 90s. I still remember when chat rooms were popular. Forums started to become quite popular around that time as well. I hope message boards never die out because it's way easier to have a good discussion in a place like this on then on the comment section of a news site or facebook.

Other things I remember from the early 21st century internet were geocities, newgrounds being a very popular website, using yahoo as my main search engine and stupid chain mails like "IF YOU DON'T RESEND THIS TO 30 OF YOUR CONTACTS YOUR CAT WILL DIEEEEEE!"

Utrommaniac
07-05-2017, 01:58 PM
Remarkably, these are still kind of a thing. At least enough on Tumblr in kind of a sassy way.

GoldMutant
07-05-2017, 05:45 PM
As a millennial, this thread triggers me. :P

CyberCubed
07-05-2017, 05:47 PM
Here's a good article about millennials:

http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/millennials-millennial-generation

Weird thing is I'm considered a millennial too even though I was born in the mid-80's. It's weird as hell to think 80's kids are also "millennials."

ssjup81
07-05-2017, 06:40 PM
Here's a good article about millennials:

http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/millennials-millennial-generation

Weird thing is I'm considered a millennial too even though I was born in the mid-80's. It's weird as hell to think 80's kids are also "millennials."Forgot what it was called, but apparently there's some title applied to those born between 1977 or 1978 and I think 1983 as they experienced stuff from Gen X and the millennial stuff or something like that.

ProactiveMan
07-06-2017, 01:43 AM
The whole generation thing is just astrology for marketing agencies, and to be fair, astrology is more consistent and better defined.

Iíve been in the MTV Generation, Generation Y, and now Iím apparently a Millennial, although I donít recognise myself much in the various definitions. There was no internet when I was a child, I got my first mobile phone what I was 19, social media didnít exist until I was in my 20s, and I entered the workforce in a depressed market.