We'll be the first to admit, it can be hard to keep up with all the newest memes and catchphrases and GIFs! It seems like something new comes out everyday, and if you're not up-to-date on pop culture and the youths, it can take some digging to figure out the origins and why people are using it. Last week, a new phrase hit the internets, and it's specifically geared toward two generations: Gen Z, and Baby Boomers. The phrase 'OK Boomer' has been making the rounds, and it's showing up on social media and merchandise all over the place. But what does it mean? And are you part of the generations who would use it? We've got your explainer right here.
So, just to refresh your memory: Boomers are those born between the years 1946-1964, millenials are born between the years 1981-1996, and Gen Z are bringing up the rear, born between the years 1995-2015. Now, if you've been paying attention to the state of the world, you might have noticed that things are ... not great! Climate change is a major issue facing the population of the world, wages are stagnant, cost of living is increasing.
Rather than just let the world burn, and Gen Z'ers are trying to enact sweeping change to reverse some of the issues that started way back in the Boomer years. We want to be around for a long time, and we want our kids to be able to grow up in a world where they can breathe the air, drink the water, and actually make a living. Weird, right?! This "utopian" fantasy has been derided by Boomers, and Gen Z has had enough.
The exact origins of the phrase 'OK Boomer' are unknown, but The New York Times reports that a viral clip on TikTok may be behind it. In the clip, a Boomer is lecturing Gen Z about their idealistic fantasies about the future of the world. And thousands of teens responded as only teens can: 'OK Boomer'.
So now it's turned into a phrase used in response to basically anything anyone over 30 says about Gen Z and their push for world change. Because really, they're the ones who will inherit this earth and all of the problems the Boomers created.
So we can get behind this!
If Boomers are going to condescend to younger generations and their ideas and plans to reverse the current trajectory in the world, then Gen Z is going to condescend right back. 'OK Boomer'?