Will Baby Boomers pass on the crown to Gen- Z or the Millennials?


Autumn Mann

A Millennial and a Gen- Z ‘er begin to fight over which generation is better.

Wyatt Miller , Writer

Generational warfare is nothing new, and this century’s contenders are Baby Boomers, Gen-Z, Millennials, and the Silent Generation. While the Silent Generation is on its way out the door and the Boomers are, well, Boomers, it is time to decide who gets the crown, Gen-Z spanning from 1997-2012 or Millennials, which span from 1981-1996.

Gen-Z (which most readers of this hit-piece are from) are the generation that followed the millennials and span from 1997-2012 and are the second-youngest generation, being replaced by generation Alpha (born after 2012). Gen-Z has survived multiple predicted apocalypses, including the 2000’s apocalypse, the 2010 apocalypse, and the 2012 apocalypse, and has seen the rise of the internet, the housing market crash of 2008, an out-of-depth estate agent being elected into the highest office in the most powerful nation in the world, and also had to pick up the pieces of a world left ill by the baby boomers (thanks, you patronizing leeches). Gen-Z, when looking for employment, often search for jobs that provide stability and security, which is a sentiment that I happen to agree with because who would want a job that could be gone by the time you get home? Gen-Z also has a reputation for being realists and tech-obsessed, but the former, I disagree with because we all have dreams. For example, I want to be a writer, but I am not very good at it so I don’t ride on it as a viable option. Other Gen-Z has a similar issue, and the latter I agree with, but it is because if you aren’t, you will be left behind like the Boomers and the Silent Generation.

Millennials, on the other hand, are the generation that came after Gen-X and before Gen-Z. This generation has seen the U.S march off to three devastating wars in the Middle East, the first black president in U.S history, the Great Recession, and too many mass shootings to specify. Millennials are stereotyped as dreamers and, frankly, I don’t see why because they are the generation that saw the world come under the influence of violence. They are also known as narcissists but, compared to baby boomers, they seem about average. 

Overall, the crown should go to Gen-Z for it is up to us to heal our broken world.