users are feeling as old as the wagons in the once-popular PC game Oregon Trail
, thanks to a new generational label.
On Friday, a Medium article titled "Why the Hybrid Workforce of the Future Depends on the 'Geriatric Millennial'" went viral
on Twitter, labeling people
born between 1980 and 1985 as "geriatric millennials
The article praises the fringe generation, which grew up before the tech boom but adjusted well to it, and emphasizes that members' comfort "with both analog and digital forms of communication" makes them ideal leaders in the workplace.
However, the seemingly troll-like phrase "geriatric millennials" had some people completely baffled, especially since people in their late 30s and early 40s are far from old.
And, perhaps because Nirvana
is now being played on classic rock stations, or because Gen Z thinks once-panned scrunchies are cool again, or because this micro-generation as a whole has experienced an identity crisis as a result of being labeled everything from Xennials
to the Oregon Trail Generation and Generation Catalano, many “geriatric millennials” (and others) lashed out on Twitter.
And, for the most part, their tweets are just that:
Garrett Haake (@GarrettHaake) May 14, 2021 https://t.co/Pp6Vq8c7gB
I was told this morning that I am a geriatric millennial, but I believe they meant a vibrant THRIVING skeleton— Henry Zebrowski (@HenryLovesYou) May 14, 2021
As a "geriatric millennial," my first act of running shit is to shoot you into the goddamn sun for coining that term.— Charlie (@Snark218) May 14, 2021
It's me, the geriatric millenial pic.Twitter.com/vLOUGZHV5Z— Elizabeth Catte (@elizabethcatte) May 14, 2021
The person who coined the phrase "geriatric millennials" should be kicked out of town.— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) May 14, 2021
Grateful and honored to be referred to as a Geriatric Millennial. pic.Twitter.com/WLOePHCysw— Polis (@PolisLoizou) May 14, 2021
I'd like to get a discount at the movies
as a geriatric millennial— rachel syme (@rachsyme) May 14, 2021
I like how we've progressed from "the Oregon Trail Generation" to "elder millennials" to "geriatric millennials" in the last few years. I'm going to get my walker and brain
medicine, brb. https://t.co/BisoiENRsz— Sonny Bunch (@SonnyBunch) May 14, 2021
"Geriatric millennial" actually resonates with me a lot, as if it's *exactly* how I feel.— Jenée (@jdesmondharris) May 14, 2021
millennials are literal babiesmillennials: uhh we're adults actually https://t.co/12jInUoAfv— Reki (Limited Swimsuit Ver.) (@pup_hime) May 14, 2021
https://t.co/DU05oX2Kom pic.Twitter.com/J3sNKK0Vv8 — Jesse Cox (@JesseCox) May 14, 2021
Don't worry, as members of Generation X
, nobody will ever refer to us as geriatric; to refer to us as *anything*, they'd have to remember we exist.— Sloth (@sloth_dc) May 14, 2021
shout out to everyone born between 1980 and 1985, you were Gen X, Gen Y, a millennial, the Oregon Trail generation, a xennial, an elder millennium, and now a *checks notes* geriatric millennial— Indy (@IndecisiveJones) May 14, 2021
We are the Oregon Trail Generation, and if you don't address us by our formal title, you will die of dysentery. https://t.co/Mdag6eli8o— Doctor B (@TheeDoctorB) May 14, 2021
Pic.Twitter.com/x5Hs0KESsU— Amos Pearson's Moose Farm (@Frustrated_Fan) May 14, 2021
people kept insisting that '80-'85ers were Millenials, and we fought you on it, but we eventually just stopped caring and stopped fighting the term, and this is how you repay us https://t.co/ETvpDRoBFA— Scott WamplerTM (@ScottWamplerBMD) May 14, 2021
Every week, I have to post this pic.Twitter.com/1Vx6NjhfcS— (@Sedna_51) May 14, 2021
I'm already bald, 5'6, gay, gluten-free, and haven't slept in months; now you're calling me a geriatric millennial? https://t.co/HTTpGGBcEq— Mike Morrison (@mikesbloggity) May 14, 2021
rob roberts (@MrRobRoberts) May 14, 2021