Are you tired of the phrase 'OK Boomer' yet? Originating from the exasperation and futility of arguing with people who approach the world's problems from a position of security and privilege, the meme has quickly morphed into a lame conversation killer, mindlessly and derisively parroted by people who disagree with anyone who happens to be older than them.

I blame the online culture of 'savage putdowns,' 'mic-drops' and 'word murders' for this – we have come to believe that the way to 'win' a debate is to flounce out with a particularly biting or amusing insult, at the expense of logic and reason. 'OK Boomer' is not clever, and it's not even funny anymore. It's smug, boring and counterproductive.

This post highlights the generational divide that we face today, as younger people share the out-of-touch advice that they have received from their elders. Because let's face it, the structural inequality, economic insecurity and environmental destruction that Millenials and Gen X'ers have inherited are a direct result of the selfish, greedy neoliberal policies championed by Boomers over the last 30 years.

Understandably, the younger generations are a bit upset at their comparative lack of opportunities and are even more frustrated by the absence of understanding and empathy shown in useless pieces of 'advice' like this. But it works both ways. Whilst Boomers could better educate themselves as to the realities of the modern world, and acknowledge that the kind of lifestyles they enjoyed are excessive, damaging and no longer attractive or attainable; casually dismissing the opinions and life experience of older people with thoughtless phrases like 'OK Boomer' ultimately achieves nothing but more division and even less understanding.

What do you think? How can we better bridge the gaps between generations to have more useful, constructive debates and discussions? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Lisa loves cats
Community Member
3 months ago

Right off the bat i have heard this before...

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Bonnie Blue Bird
Community Member
3 months ago

Lots of people are putting their heads in the sand on this topic. It's a mystery to me as to why.

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WilvanderHeijden
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3 months ago

Nope. Even the pre-boomer generation wouldn't give you that advice. I'm a boomer but my father always told me to follow the money. If you can get more money working elsewhere then don't hang around and move on.

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Panda Kicki
Community Member
3 months ago

Well...I MAY see some flaws in the plan...

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Vic
Community Member
3 months ago

Now this here is good advice.. And the secret behind a long life is... Just don't die..

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Rob Lucchetti
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3 months ago

Cheers!

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Willem Groenewald
Community Member
3 months ago

Making that follow up call makes a big difference. I immigrated, and was applying to tons of jobs online. For weeks I received no replies and no interviews. I then started to call just after each submission. That same day I got two interviews lined up.

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John Montgomery
Community Member
3 months ago

It's nice to know that's changing.

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Alia G.
Community Member
3 months ago

i think that's something healthy to keep in mind, boomers were part of the most intense first wave civil rights movements, they protested against wars, and some learned to overcome their own racism, sexism, and homophobia. "ok boomer" is used to insult boomers who refused to change with the times and continue to act like bigotry is acceptable.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
3 months ago

MAGA = Mad Americans Going Ape

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Foxxy
Community Member
3 months ago

Can’t imagine my hubby concreting whilst wearing a suit and tie. Impractical, unsafe and uncomfortable.

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
3 months ago

Let's reverse that: "If you pay me more I might be willing to work harder."

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Valerie Lessard
Community Member
3 months ago

Then they'll tell you you're spoilt for eating out

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Tambot
Community Member
3 months ago

Again, if you need something ask. I am starving, could I please have food might be a good start.

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John Montgomery
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3 months ago

No. It shows stupidity.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
3 months ago

You'll be set for debt for life.

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Janine B.
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Why not? A lot of companies will appreciate that. Maybe they ask you to leave your job application so they can call you in case they are hiring.

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Herb Eaversmells
Community Member
3 months ago

I like my job, I enjoy going to work. It is possible to,be happy at work.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
3 months ago

People really fail to grasp the relative decrease in income compared to the increase in cost of living that has happened over the last 50 years. A minimum wage job used to be a living wage. Now you need about three such jobs to stand a chance.

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John Montgomery
Community Member
3 months ago

Yeah. Because that's exactly what everyone wants. Zero free time. /full sarcasm.

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Rob Lucchetti
Community Member
3 months ago

I've gotten this advice before but in that case, it was at a time when the current CEO literally started by cleaning train cars. I won't say it's bad advice, but maybe looking at it as not being too proud to do the dirty work to get to where you want to go is better advice. Then use that experience to get your next job.

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Megan Curl
Community Member
3 months ago

Not true, even during the boomer age.

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Vic
Community Member
3 months ago

Now here is where a fifth of Whiskey might help..

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Tambot
Community Member
3 months ago

Um, that's not a boomer thing... that's just sad.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
3 months ago

There's an article out there somewhere, that showed you could pay your way through Harvard on minimum wage with something like an average of four hours work a day, and now you would need to work 72 hours a day to achieve the same (not the exact figures, but something equally crazy).

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Valerie Lessard
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3 months ago

Lol, it's not like a cat, you can't just leave them with an automatic feeder

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Wietse Pot
Community Member
3 months ago

They should follow their own advice. Or is this one of those "Do as I say, don't do as I do" things?

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Monica Patton
Community Member
3 months ago

That is one of the stupidest interview questions.

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White Raven
Community Member
3 months ago

True, but we're speeding up the process

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Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
3 months ago

WTF is a tankie?

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John Montgomery
Community Member
3 months ago

Now that sounds like a good boss.

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Monica Patton
Community Member
3 months ago

I think that is because they paid that Social Security, it is actually their money.

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Minnie-me
Community Member
3 months ago

funny that person believes their own bullshit

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
3 months ago

In Europe this still is true. And also: Why pay 800 euros rent when your mortgage is 600 Euros?

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Stevie B
Community Member
3 months ago

Not to mention, no one wants to work with a constant nuisance.

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Isabel Contardo
Community Member
3 months ago

I tried it, was asked to please apply online

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Umgreg Universe
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh my GOSH that's basically what my dad always said, but he makes it about school.

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kurisutofu
Community Member
3 months ago

Not only boomers. My wife is like that ...

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J. Zingler
Community Member
3 months ago

"I believe in the horse. The automobile is a temporary appearance - Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany, 1916" ;)

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Monday
Community Member
3 months ago

Again...good advice just not feasible.

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tuzdayschild
Community Member
3 months ago

No one ever had the nerve to tell me that.

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Isabel Contardo
Community Member
3 months ago

I always get the "when you have children you'll understand". But I don't want children. "When you meet the right man, you'll change your mind". The right man for me won't want children. "Then he'll be gay". Yeah ok, boomer dad.

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Monday
Community Member
3 months ago

Well to be fair, save 1/3 of your paycheck is excellent advice....it's just not realistic for most people.

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Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
3 months ago

This has been the most frustrating one for me as a millennial. Great that you had two kids and a cat and a marriage and two cars and a house by age 25. The same generation that told us we were “too young” and wouldn’t take us seriously until we turned 30 and then as SOON as we turned 30, they rub it in our faces that now we are “too old” for some of our problems and we should be further ahead. You treated us as infants until you treated us as middle aged losers. Infuckingfuriating.

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Monday
Community Member
3 months ago

Unpaid internships are fine when they form part of your education....but once you graduate it's pretty normal to expect payment since you now have the qualification.

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Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
3 months ago

If you're meant to fear it, it's not worth believing in.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
3 months ago

What a fantasy.

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Evil Little Thing
Community Member
3 months ago

Hah! Just let them try to repo my brain.

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Lynda Momalo
Community Member
3 months ago

That was the standard, say 40 years ago. Now it's about 1/3 of your paycheck.

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J. Normal
Community Member
3 months ago

I am 60 and I call B.S.

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#51

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John Montgomery
Community Member
3 months ago

I never understood the "it's not a real job". Are you getting paid? Yes. Then it's a job. One could argue if the job is good paying, but it's still demonstrably real.

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John Montgomery
Community Member
3 months ago

Exactly. The boss will know there's someone willing to do more for less money.

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kurisutofu
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, it's a good advice. The hard part is finding the good job.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
3 months ago

Ah yes, that six month summer everyone loves so much.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
3 months ago

By advising everyone to get a degree, it renders the degree system pretty worthless in terms of being an advantage.

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J. Zingler
Community Member
3 months ago

In Germany it acttually works like that, like - 25% for loud noise and up to - 100% for no heating or no gas = no cooking or no electricity due to a cable fire.

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Andrew Carpenter
Community Member
3 months ago

Many states offer down payment assistance, Illinois offers $7,500. There is a conventional loan with a 3% down payment not the 20% that everyone wrongly assumes. Source: I'm a millennial Realtor in Chicago.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
3 months ago

I love lying in bed with a good book, or lying in bed watching Netflix. Somebody tell me how to monetize that already. LOL.

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Pseudo Puppy
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3 months ago

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Also: Boomers fought for the recognition of domestic violence being a crime, and not simply a "marital issue". It is BECAUSE of Boomers, that there are now laws in place protecting victims. It is BECAUSE of Boomers that there are things such as domestic violence shelters, and services helping victims. It is BECAUSE of Boomers, that countries now have government support such as Single Parent Pensions, enabling the primary care giver has the financial support to divorce / leave an unhappy / abusive relationship. It is BECAUSE of Boomers, that fascilities like daycare are as widespread as they currently are (yes, they existed in various forms beforehand - but were extremely rare)

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Tiny Dynamine
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3 months ago

Only 2 decades? Certain goverments maintain perpetual wars because there's profit to be made out of selling arms and killing people.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
3 months ago

I lost a lot of boomer relatives when I married a person of color. Their loss.

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John Montgomery
Community Member
3 months ago

Once again the "real job" bs.

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Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
3 months ago

Hahaha! Really?! They'd probably think you were mentally ill and escort you out.

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matthew owen
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3 months ago

yay for outspoken women!

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Tiny Dynamine
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3 months ago

Do you have an issue with that?

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Marina D. Argent
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3 months ago

I sooo share this experience

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