Here are the major ways senior Millennials differ from their younger* counterparts: (*to any old souls in the junior Millennial age group who identify with these points, I apologise, you can sit with us)
1. Yes we have our phones on the table at lunch, but turned over
Out for brunch last weekend (yes, obviously), I was distracted by a nearby table of four women in their mid-twenties. There they were, chatting away over their cloud eggs, only to lapse into silence when each simultaneously picked up their phones – positioned by their knife like an extra piece of cutlery – and begin scrolling away for a 10-minute interlude. It was like someone had just hit pause on the brunch.
The senior Millennial might pick up their phone when they’re out with friends, but it’s generally with a ‘sorry, I just need to let my sister know where the key is’, or to have a quick scroll while waiting for the bill, but total immersion in the middle of a meal, for no urgent reason, is not a thing. Also, if the phone has to be on the table it’s usually turned over.
2. We still phone people (other than our parents) for a catch-up
If there’s a friend we haven’t seen in a while, we’ll still call them for a catch-up. Of course we do this less than our parents – who also have that annoying habit of leaving a voicemail when we’re trying to call them back – but we’re far less likely to count a WhatsApp chat as a chat.
3. We feel marginally less f**ked than our younger counterparts
Most senior Millennials entered the workforce pre-2008/9, giving many of us in this bracket (though not all) a small window of time to find our feet work-wise before economic depression put a death grip on the jobs market. We never take this for granted, or forget how hard things got for those just a few years behind us.
4. We drink quite a lot, actually
What’s all this about Millennials not drinking? The stats suggest our demographic is going off booze, but this is mostly thanks to its younger members. The only people in my group of friends who don’t drink socially are pregnant, doing a dry month or running a marathon the following morning.
5. We are the last generation whose teenage girlfriend/boyfriend had to call us on the house phone
And our Dad would answer the phone, repeating the number back, ‘hello 642811?’ I went to an all-girls school and didn’t get a cellphone until I was 16. Before that, it was the house phone or nothing.
6. We’ve only known social media as adults
Even the youngest members of the senior Millennial group were in their early 20s when Facebook and Twitter launched, meaning mainstream social media has only ever been a feature of adulthood (unless you happened to moonlight on MySpace or Bebo – remember Bebo?!) We still shudder at the public damage we could have done if social media had been present during our teenage years, just as junior Millennials are relieved they’re not Digital Natives.
7. We’re a bit more embarrassed about selfies
It’s not that we don’t do them, we’re just not as comfortable with them. We’re amateurs. I recently sat next to a twenty-something woman on the train who spent the entire thirty-minute journey working her way through a tranche of photographs of herself with the focus of a portrait painter, zooming in on FaceTune to widen her eyes a fraction or rub away the tiniest blemish by her nose. She was not messing around.
8. We think younger Millennials are more responsible and socially conscious than we ever were
When even massive corporations like Coca-Cola are making recycling the theme of their adverts, you know there’s a major sea-change afoot. While a lot of us senior Millennials spent our early twenties enjoying cheap landfill fashion, research suggests Millennials in their early twenties are focused on experiences rather than things (even if this is partly because they want to log it on Instagram.)
9. If we’re honest, we don’t completely get Snapchat
We’re on it, but mainly so we can mess around with the filters.
Via Marie Claire UK