The culture war between Gen Z and millennials is on | Arwa Mahdawi

Gen Z – or zoomers – have taken to belittling millennials over everything from their hairstyles and skinny jeans to how they use emoji. Meanwhile, Gen Xers wryly observe the strife

Millennials of the world: unite! In these polarised times, I, an Elderly Millennial, ask that we put our differences aside and unite against a common enemy: Gen Z. Which, to be clear, is the umbrella term for the generation aged somewhere between 16 and 24. They’re also known as zoomers (a nickname that, funnily enough, has nothing to do with the video conference platform) or TikTok teens. While Gen Z is famous for belittling boomers, they have now turned their attention to millennials and everything we hold dear.

You know those skinny jeans you used to live in pre-pandemic? They’re officially over, according to Gen Z. The cool kids wear flared leggings now. Do you part your hair on the side? Evidence you’re ancient: Gen Z parts its hair in the middle. The most damning sign you’re over the hill, however, is expressing laughter via a face-with-tears-of-joy emoji. According to our new zoverlords, amusement should be expressed by indiscriminately smashing letters on your keyboard. Sjkalfjksjfkdsjal is the new lol. Don’t ask why.

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