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“Ok Boomer” – When Did We Become So Sensitive?

“Ok Boomer” – When Did We Become So Sensitive?

By Susan Williams

I’ll be honest, I was really struggling on my position of this latest craze of “Ok Boomer” name calling. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, you can read more about the situation in this post published by NBC and how it has quickly escalated to becoming a full scale generational divide.

In a nut shell, the “Ok Boomer” phrase is being used by younger generations when they believe an older person says or does something that they don’t agree with, want to listen to or believe. I interpret it as being very similar to an eye roll or a talk to the hand kind of situation.

Sure, this isn’t nice and it certainly isn’t respectful but what I don’t understand is why so many people are up in arms over it.

Let me take you back to a phrase that you probably remembered that was often used in the 60’s; “Don’t trust anyone over thirty.”

This phrase was attributed to Jack Weinberg who was engaged in student activism at the University of California in Berkley back in the 1960’s. It was a statement used to express frustration with the current political environment and policies and became a rally call for many.

I see the “Ok Boomer” phrase in a very similar light. We have younger generations frustrated with the current political and environmental situations they are about to inherit. They feel that their future is being disregarded as older generations still manage and decide on the politics and policies that will determine their future.

We talk about history repeating itself and this situation to me is the same. One generation believing that the other one doesn’t understand or respect their rights. Does this sound familiar at all?

Rather then getting up in arms over this and causing further decline in generational relationships, I think this actually presents a great opportunity. Now is the time to pull different generations together to listen to each other. To think and talk about how we can improve this world together.

The baby boomers were some of the most vocal and active activists. If we are so sensitive that we can’t get over the “Ok Boomer” phrase to see what is actually the root cause of this to try and figure out what is driving it, our generation has become what we never wanted to be – closed minded.

We should use this as a rally call. Who says “Ok Boomer” – can’t be turned into something more positive? Maybe by working together “Ok Boomer!” could become a compliment.

Afterall, it’s all just in how you see and say it.

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.