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Are you a Millennial or Geriatric Millennial? Medium Post and Viral Tweets

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Ridhika Gupta
Captivated from life, showing it here. You got a query, I got the answer. Exploring the world of writers. Currently, a content writing intern at Deasilex.

Are you the Microgeneration stuck between Generation X and Millennials (1980 to 1985)? Congratulations you got a name now!! Geriatric Millennials!! Why is this in the news? A recent ‘Medium essay’ shockingly called older Millennials “geriatric, ” Setting off a social media war for the ages.

While many welcomed this new moniker, many others seemed offended by this name. Some even said that they prefer being called an elder millennial or xenial to being called a ‘Geriatric Millennial’. Oops!! Things got serious this time! What’s your call on this? In this post, you’ll find what Erica Dhawan had to say about these newly emerged names and the viral tweets that stood in favor and against this term.

Those who fall in this generation are considered too old to be a regular millennial but too young to be Gen X- this saying went viral on Twitter. Despite the unflattering nickname, author Erica Dhawan sings the praises of 30- and 40- something’s born in the early ‘80s. Want to know people’s reaction to “Geriatric Millennials”? Read along.

In the middle of this ‘What the hell is this term?’ and ‘It’s not that bad’ war, medium posted a funny disclaimer that read, “We understand that some are having *feelings* about this title.

Are you a Millennial or Geriatric Millennial? – Medium Post

Geriatric Millennial; Are you a Millennial or Geriatric Millennial?
Source: Junkee

“Geriatric Millennials are smart enough to read the subtext of an SMS and can easily tell you what is the reason for client’s hesitation reading their facial expressions during an in-person meeting. They know how to use the latest technology and are not so engrossed in it that a voicemail can lead them to take negative steps, ” said Erica Dhawan through her post on Medium. 

I mean it’s great to be categorized as a generation that actually enjoyed the pre-technology era with almost double the fun we are having now. Like Dhawan’s article made a clear picture that geriatric millennials were the first generation to grow up with PCs at home. Though now it’s seems so common, with everyone having a PC or Laptop at home. But think of being the very first owners of something rare past then.

Gaining popularity by talking about topics like age and giving names according to that seems quirky at times. But there’s nothing wrong with having a separate name for your generation.

Offended Tweets On Geriatric Millennials

After reading Erica’s article many people were seen offended by the new name given to them. They expressed their aghast through tweets that flashed all over Twitter. A few of them are mentioned here:

@DrunkUncTony
As an older millennial and someone that has friends and family that are older millennials, this is highly offensive. This is ageist. I am literally shaking right now!!! Delete this. 

@IanColdwater
This is the worst generation nickname of all time. 

@LAppiah
I prefer OAM ( old a** millennial). Yup. We ready. 

@IndecisiveJones
Shout out to everyone born between 1980 to 1985, you’ve been Gen X, Gen Y, a Millennial, the Oregon trail generation, a xenial, elder millennia, and mow a *check notes* geriatric millennial.

@MegBonneyWriter
Geriatric millennial. That’s the best name you could give us? 
I vote we change it to vintage millennial. 

@UncleDion
As a proud Gen Xer, I have to say that this geriatric millennial nonsense is straight-up offensive. 

Funny Tweets On Geriatric Millennials

While many hated the nickname they got through a random post on Twitter, many others were seen making fun and enjoying the concept of being called Geriatric Millenials. Here are some funny tweets:

@theyearofelan
Just found out I am a “geriatric millennial. ” I embrace this new destination and I implore all you damn kids to get off my lawn. 

@jourbeydan
“I’m no geriatric millennial” he insists as he dives into his weekend routine of muesli and a crossword puzzle. 

@James_J_Gordon
The line between Geriatric Millennial and simple Aged Millennial is whether you primarily used ICQ or MSN Messenger in your first year of university. 

@coryphare
Congrats, I am both insulted and inspired. 

Stage of Millennials:

Geriatric Millennial; Stage of Millennials
Source: New York Post

Here’s how generations are divided into different groups according to their birth years. Find out which one are you?

Boomers: Those who were born between 1946 and 1964 are referred to as Boomers. Currently, they’re between 57-75 years old.

Gen X: Those who were born between 1965 and 1979/1980 are referred to as Gen X. Currently they’re between 41-56 years old.

Gen Y or Millennials: Those who were born between 1981 and 1994/96 are referred to as Gen Y or Millennials. Currently, these people are between 25 to 40 years old.

Gen Z: Most teenagers fall in this category. It’s the newest generation. These people were born between 1997 to 2012/15. Currently, they’re between 6 to 24 years old.

That’s what the whole viral debate about Geriatric Millennials had to say. Which category do you fall in? Are you a millennial or geriatric millennial or Gen Z? Are you happy with the new title or do you feel like these titles are dividing the generations? Do share your views in the comments section below. 

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