Debate between generations doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon. At a time when even the X generation hasn’t yet processed the dynamics of Y generation, a new argument showed up between Baby Boomers and Y generation: “Ok Boomer!”
I’m sure you have seen this jargon in social media posts, blogs and many video contents in recent weeks. Let’s take a closer look at this jargon, a.k.a. ‘meme’ in Internet language, before it loses its meaning after too much use.
We must first find out more about the Y generation and their characteristics to understand the concept better. Generations can be as different as day and night, and evolve in line with the opportunities and developments of the age. Y generation is the product of an age in which technologic developments have increased at a pace faster than ever, production and industry approaches have almost been reshaped, and means of communication have turned into a format that was experienced by no generation before. It is a generation that spends effort to adapt to changing dynamics, even though not as hard as the X generation. What about Baby Boomers? As the oldest generation alive today, Baby Boomers are the ones that have probably fought hardest among all the generations. This generation was born during war and is totally distant to technology to which most of their subsequent generations are familiar with to some extent. And it is obvious that they do not see the life as does the Y generation. And that is how the expression Ok Boomer! was born based on these differences.
Trying to hold on to live under tougher conditions, the Y generation says Ok Boomer! to Boomers that do not understand and even criticize them or their life conditions. It would be right to say that the expression is used in a criticising tone considering the contents in Turkey. Because the middle class that could both provide a living for their family and own a property with an average salary 30 years ago is quite distant from these standards today. Millions of people that are struggling since they can barely survive with the money they earn, let alone having a property, use this expression to get rid of the Boomers that accuse them of laziness or lavishness.
It must also be noted that those born between 1946 and 1964 are not the only ones that are affected by this expression. Anyone that cannot adapt to the conditions of today or differences gets their share from this meme on social media. The high rate of active social media use in Turkey causes the Internet jargons that emerge in various parts of the world to be adopted quickly. The gifs and videos are already on! We will see what this jargon adopted quickly by the Y generation will turn into in the upcoming days. I hope those days will witness moments in which all of us understand each other and combine our strengths regardless of generations.