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
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10 months ago

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

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Bonnie Blue Bird
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10 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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10 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
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10 months ago

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

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Vic
Community Member
10 months ago

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

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Alia G.
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10 months ago

wholesome :) i hope boomers like her know the whole ok boomer movement isn't targeted at her

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Willem Groenewald
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10 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
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10 months ago

It's nice to know that's changing.

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Alia G.
Community Member
10 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
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10 months ago

MAGA = Mad Americans Going Ape

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Foxxy
Community Member
10 months ago

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

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WilvanderHeijden
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10 months ago

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

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Valerie Lessard
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10 months ago

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

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Tambot
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10 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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10 months ago

No. It shows stupidity.

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Jo Choto
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10 months ago

You'll be set for debt for life.

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Janine B.
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10 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
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10 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
10 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
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10 months ago

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

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Jo Choto
Community Member
10 months ago

Always start in the mail room... even if there isn't actually a mail room. Just start there anyway.

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Megan Curl
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10 months ago

Not true, even during the boomer age.

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Vic
Community Member
10 months ago

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

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Tambot
Community Member
10 months ago

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

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Jo Choto
Community Member
10 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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10 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
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10 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
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10 months ago

That is one of the stupidest interview questions.

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White Raven
Community Member
10 months ago

True, but we're speeding up the process

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Tiny Dynamine
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10 months ago

WTF is a tankie?

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