A number of different TikTok trends continue to point out the differences in lifestyle and fashion between Gen Z and millennials. The video that rekindled the ongoing interest in the generational divide was posted by a creator named Ludny (@ludknee) on the platform, in which she “tests” her best friend in a number of simple ways that illustrate the difference in generations.
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Among the tests were the ways both women picked up the phone, rolled down a car window, made a heart gesture with their hands, and their preferred cut of denim. Each generation tends to influence trend cycles in unique ways, but the minute details that are now differentiating the current generations of young adults are receiving muddled reactions.
Some find the differences between Gen Z and millennials to be humorous and fairly inconsequential. The battles of haircuts, denim cuts, and jacket types are typical at the front end of any new decade.
Others find Gen Alpha’s humor confusing. Gen Alpha will mark the first generation to have been born entirely into a world with social media and widespread access to the internet. Millennials and Gen Z on the other hand were primarily introduced to digital culture as tweens and teenagers.
What is happening (also quite bummed I forgot to include the Skibidi toilet STUFFY he purchased with his own dollar bills!) 😭💀 #momhumor #momcomedy #genalpha #boymom #skibiditoilet #boysbelike #parents #parentinghumor #millennialparents #genx #80skid #90skid
Meanwhile, some others are taking note of some of the more serious cultural impacts that millennial internet culture has had on both Gen Z and Gen Alpha. Particularly, a number of Gen Z teachers continue to share on TikTok that their Gen Alpha students are unable to perform academically at the appropriate level, and additionally display a number of behavioral issues. The phenomenon has long been dubbed as “the iPad kids,” as some millennial parents will hand their children an iPad for entertainment instead of resolving the issue at hand.
sticking out your gyatt for tge rizzlerrr youre so skibidi youre soSHUT IP SHUT UP SHUT UUUUP SHHT IP SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUTUUUP #fyp #genalpha #genz #educational #education #parenting #behavior #gyatt #rizz #fanumtax #parentsoftiktok #teachersoftiktok #teacher #student #ipadbaby #ipadkid #greenscreen
Outside of the behavioral issues, some Gen Z teachers are criticizing millennial parents for allegedly not encouraging educational content at home. Specifically, literacy and analytical skills continue to appear challenging for Gen Alpha students across the country.
Some also allege that there is additionally a gap in emotional intelligence between the generations. While both are widely regarded as the first two generations to prioritize therapy and mental health treatment, the gap lies in conflict resolution and parenting, according to some educators on TikTok. Some TikTok creators continue to allege that they are A recent study from Gallup this year revealed that “Less than half (47%) of Gen Z Americans are thriving in their lives — among the lowest across all generations in the U.S. today and a much lower rate than millennials at the same age.”
From side parts, skinny jeans, and iPad kids to wide legged pants and middle parts, both generations are defined by one thing–the evolving influence of digital culture.