It doesn’t come as a surprise that we and our parents at our age are light-years apart. When it comes to our lifestyles, choices, and values, it seems like we were born on different planets. But there’s only one way to find out what exactly was so different for them than it is for us now, and it’s looking at hard evidence, aka photo albums.

With so much free time on our hands during this festive season in quarantine, the chances are you'll stumble upon one or two great pics that will bring out a blast from the past. And people on Twitter are all in for the "My Parents Vs. Me" challenge, posting snaps of family members where age is the only parallel you’ll find.

We have selected some of the cutest, funniest, and most illuminating posts that show how generations have changed. And after you’re done, don’t forget to check out Bored Panda’s previous post with "Me Vs. My Parents" memes that put a comical spin on these generational differences.

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Ivan Milić
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12 months ago

Who looks happier? ;)

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To find out more about the Me Vs. My Parents Challenge, Bored Panda reached out to a social media influencer who goes by the handle @Bloody5Iveezy. Iveezy’s post with the caption “My parents at 24 vs. me at 24” went viral, amassing 637.6K likes and 67.8K retweets.

“In my opinion, a big difference is how relaxed we are. We don’t care what people will say, it’s not all work. We have a big emphasis on living life, being happy, and having fun.”Iveezy also said that so many people related to the challenge because “we are all tired of the assumption that everyone wants to get married and have kids.”

For him, being a first-generation Mexican American, it’s almost taboo not to want a big religious wedding with lots of kids. “And my picture says the complete opposite: 'I’m just a 24-year-old Mexican that likes whiskey dressed like a unicorn and I’m not worried about anything.'”

When asked what kind of challenges Iveezy’s generation has to face, the social media influencer said it’s information. “In my parents' day, you were limited to who you knew and what you knew about them. Relationships are so hard now because someone will always tell your partner 'oh yeah, I’ve seen them before with so and so' or 'yeah, I’ve heard of 'em, have you seen his tweets?'”

“Besides the social aspect, our parents didn’t know what depression or anxiety was. They felt the symptoms, but didn’t recognize the condition,” Iveezy explained. Meanwhile, “my generation does and if I know I’m depressed, the last thing I’m worried about is marrying someone, so yeah, information is our double-edged sword,” he concluded.

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Average Grizzlies Fan
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12 months ago

I'll take the doggo.

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Cadmar Orion
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11 months ago

at least he looks happy, his parents look tired

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The feeling that our millennial generation and our parents are worlds apart is not just all in our heads. In fact, the generational differences can be even bigger than one would expect.

Over the past 50 years, cultural, social, and economic shifts have paved the way to the modern day, where the youngest millennials have now become adults. Today, they make up the second-largest generation in the US electorate, hence the Democratic leanings compared to previous generations.

According to Pew Center, “Today’s young adults are much better educated than their grandparents, as the share of young adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher has steadily climbed since 1968.” 4 in 10 millennials have a bachelor’s degree or higher.

However, the financial well-being of millennials is very complicated. “The individual earnings for young workers have remained mostly flat over the past 50 years. But this belies a notably large gap in earnings between millennials who have a college education and those who don’t.”

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Chris Miller
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12 months ago

Neither of you look happy. At least You got cake!

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Some Cool Guy
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12 months ago

Cool hair dad

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Soap
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12 months ago

gorgeous.

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Pew Research showed that millennial workers with some college education made $36,000, lower than the $38,900 that baby boomer workers made in 1982 when they were the same age.

And since millennials were hit hard by the great recession, they are much slower in forming their own households. As a result, many still can’t afford their own houses and are forced to live with their parents or in flat-shares. The young generation is also forming families much later than older generations, as the “Me vs. My Parents” challenge has shown.

Pew Center suggests that the share of adults who have never married is increasing with each successive generation. “If current patterns continue, an estimated one-in-four of today’s young adults will have never married by the time they reach their mid-40s to early 50s—a record high share.”

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Some Cool Guy
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12 months ago

A dog is a perfectly acceptable life partner

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Mike Pence's Fly
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12 months ago

mmmmm num num time

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Cadmar Orion
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11 months ago

I wanna ride a shopping cart

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Mike Pence's Fly
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12 months ago

"Its a weapon of defense."

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Cadmar Orion
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11 months ago

why is it that our parents all were married or having children in a house while we're all stuck maybe havin an apartment and if we're lucky a gf or bf

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pansexualandproud
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11 months ago

animal crossing <3

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Catto De Smol
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11 months ago

nice car

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Cadmar Orion
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11 months ago

cute cat!

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Cadmar Orion
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11 months ago

the parents look like they just realized they have to live together with the other's weirdness for the rest of their life

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Zayd Long
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11 months ago

Accurate

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Krystal Smith
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12 months ago

Haha I love the zoomed up photo of her face in this one! Bit tipsy much?!

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Beth Taccia
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12 months ago

Great picture!

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Isabella Vega
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11 months ago

Noice

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Dorothy Parker
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11 months ago

Parents look younger and happy.

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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12 months ago

This is a great pic for this!!

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Katelyn
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12 months ago

Wonderful picture on both lol

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DforDory
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12 months ago

Drinks stayed, circumstances changed.🤔

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I'm a makeup addict
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11 months ago

The girl(on the right) looks so fun to hang out with!!!

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Rhea
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11 months ago

The parents are the winners in this one!

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Average Grizzlies Fan
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11 months ago

Probably not too different. The parents look like their in a photo shoot of some sort, so they are going to look more formal. The "me" side is them just goofing around. I am sure that the parents goofed off like that when they were in their 20's too, just obviously not in a formal photo.

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I'm a makeup addict
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11 months ago

the mother is very beautiful.

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JessG
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11 months ago

What am I missing here? You don’t think your parents ever say in a booth, drinking a drink?

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Nnaoha Ebube
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11 months ago

That's the same guy in the second frame. But with a beard.🙂

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Kathryn Baylis
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11 months ago

No shame in wanting to complete your education and go out into the world on your own. I did it and have zero regrets.

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Note: this post originally had 52 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.