At the end of 2019, approximately 5000 years ago, we all came together against one generational age group, thanks mostly to the social sway of Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick.
"OK boomer" was the catchcry heard around the country, aimed mostly at anyone aged over 50 expressing an outraged opinion.
It was a beautiful time where millennials and Gen Z came together in solidarity - but it turns out there was already dissension among the ranks.
Now it seems that Gen Z - mostly those born after the year 2000 - have been poking fun at millennials the whole time, and honestly, a lot of it feels like a personal attack.
Twitter user Al posted a screenshot of comments rolling in on a TikTok video over the weekend.
"I'm awake at 3am and I just want everyone to know what Gen Z says about millennials on TikTok....." she captioned the images.
They make for harrowing reading for this 26-year-old.
Some of the savagery includes:
- "Millenials be 34 talking about 'I'm a Hufflepuff!' Grow up and do a line of coke already."
- "They're worried about their Harry Potter house but they live in a one-bedroom apartment..y'all worried about the wrong house."
- "The way they say doggo."
- "I think every generation agrees millennials were a mistake."
- "The way they care that Buzzfeed knows their favourite wine."
- "All they do is drink wine, post cringey '90s kid' memes, talk about tech startups and lie."
Those last ones particularly stung.
For context, the comments were on a video posted by TikTok user Mayalepa, who really kicked off the pile-on. In her video, she says to the camera: "I'm tired of boomers bunching Gen Z and millennials together because I personally don't want to be associated with people who think that Harry Potter movies are a personality trait."
It was at this point I had to lie face down on the ground and breathe deeply for a while.
Millennials rallied together on Al's tweet - because most of us don't actually know how to use TikTok - with an outcry against the personal attacks.
"What the hell? I was looking forward to being old enough to complain about the next generation and suddenly it has skipped us and we are getting it from both sides. I feel cheated," one person wrote
"Gen Z be like: let me do this dance in my parents $5 mil house that requires only minimal movement of my upper body, now buy my tie-dye merch, oh also I'm not going to college and f**k the system," wrote another wounded soul.
But others saw the funny side.
"Lol I love these damn youths. Get us kids," wrote another.