For all the hype around the generational skirmishes between Boomers and Millennials that get so much attention while Gen Z looks on in confused nihilism, the age group that gets often overlooked is Gen X.
Where are they in all of this? Sensibly living their lives, probably. But they shouldn’t feel they can stay under the radar for too long in the age of the internet.
Gen X was born between 1980 and 1994, meaning at the time of publication they’re all in their early 40’s to mid 50’s, and as it turns out, Twitter has some questions about them.
Here are some tweet inquiries from younger folks, accompanied by my best attempt – as a millennial – to answer them.
12. Holes in the story
Answer: because it was once very fashionable and what was once in fashion is now funny, that is the law.
Why does everyone over the age of 40 think that having holes in your jeans is so funny
— Gabby Epstein (@Gabigail22) March 14, 2017
11. Take your shot
Answer: it’s a shot on a screen, they’re not technically wrong?
Why does everyone over the age of 40 call every picture a “screenshot”
— Jace (@Jace_Briggs) March 23, 2018
10. Get the boot
Answer: because that’s literally the proper term for it.
why does everyone over the age of 40 refer to turning on a laptop as "booting up"
— mary ☾ (@marytturk) May 21, 2018
9. Tap out
Answer: because that’s how the settings on the phone come by default and they don’t want to take the time to figure out how to disable it and really it’s the phone manufacturer’s fault because WHY IS THAT STILL THE DEFAULT SETTING ON NEW PHONES?
Why does everyone over the age of 40 keep their keypad sounds on so you can hear them texting
— 🅱️ig Doo🅱️ie says 🅱️lack Lives Matter (@megadoob) July 29, 2016
8. Try again
Answer: computers used to require that. Simple enough.
Why does everyone over the age of 50 double click on links online?
— Ben Nesvig (@BenNesvig) May 26, 2011
7. Automated teller machine machine
Answer: because one time they hit the wrong buttons and screwed up their bank account and they ain’t going down that road again.
Why does everyone over the age of 45 automatically take 10 minutes to use the ATM
— Dylan Tyler⚡️ (@DylanOstrowski) April 19, 2018
6. Holy shirt
Answer: because if you didn’t want people reading it, why are you wearing it?
Why does everyone over the age of 40 need to read whatever your t-shirt says
— dan (@dancater15) August 13, 2018
5. Two hand touch
Answer: it might run away otherwise.
Why does everyone over the age of 50 hold their phone with 2 hands
— Matthew O'Donnell (@mattiethelattie) May 30, 2017
4. The juice is loose
Answer: because a full on Bloody Mary hurts their stomach now.
dear google, why does everyone over the age of 40 order tomato juice while on the plane? what am i missing? please respond asap. xox
— Lilah (@Lilah_O) May 1, 2016
3. Digital digits
Answer: they’re saving their thumbs’ energy.
Why does everyone over the age of 40 swipe their phone screen with their index finger
— Antony Hickey (@AntonyHickeyy) September 11, 2016
2. Wait for it
Answer: I have… no idea …
Why does everyone over 40 text with ellipsis
— t (@t3rkoiz) March 11, 2020
1. Spicy questions
Answer: because they’re trying to start a war and you’ve just fallen into their trap.
“Why does everyone over the age of 40 pronounce Chipotle “Chi-pol-tay” instead of “Chi-pot-lay””
Everyone knows the correct mispronunciation is “Chi-pottle” to rhyme with bottle FFS
— Stuart Houghton (@stuarthoughton) May 30, 2019
Again, I’m just a Millennial, I can’t speak on these things with true authority. But some mysteries may not be as deep as they seem.
What burning question do you have about another generation?
Ask it in the comments.