Boomer is a term used to describe the baby boomer generation, which refers to individuals born between 1946 and 1964. However, in recent years, the term “Boomer” has taken on a new meaning and is often used to refer to older individuals who are perceived as being out of touch with current trends and technology.
It is commonly used in a humorous or mocking manner and often used intergenerationally, especially by younger generations to poke fun at older individuals who may hold outdated opinions or struggle with new technology.
Online, memes about “Boomers” are rampant, most being incorporated to Wojak memes. Alternatively, “Boomer” may also be encountered in online discussions, forums, and chats, where if one criticizes a Zoomer, they might exclaim “Ok, Boomer.”
Example: Imagine a gen Z youth – aka. Zoomer – trying to teach their grandparent how to use a smartphone. If the grandparent struggles to understand the basics, the millennial might jokingly exclaim, “Okay, boomer!” This phrase would be used to express their humorous frustration towards the older generation’s unfamiliarity with modern gadgets.
The term “Boomer” originated from the baby boomer generation.
The baby boomers were named as such because there was a significant increase in birth rates following World War II. The term itself started gaining popularity in the early 2000s, as millennials and younger generations began using it to describe the older generation’s sometimes outdated attitudes and beliefs. An early example of the phrase “Ok, Boomer” can be traced back to Reddit in 2009. Since then, the expression has sporadically appeared in forums and message boards, although it wasn’t very popular in the early 2010s.
It was in 2019, that reaction images, TikToks and other sorsof memes swarmed the internet, labeled with the text “Ok, Boomer.”
The meme spread through various social media platforms, such as Twitter, Reddit, TikTok, YouTube and Instagram.
The use of the term “Boomer” kept spreading over the past few years.
It has become a popular way for younger generations to vent their frustrations, mock outdated viewpoints, or challenge the opinions of older individuals. Memes featuring the phrase “Okay, Boomer” have gone viral, leading to further widespread usage and understanding of the term. Furthermore, it has even been used in popular culture, with musicians and influencers incorporating the phrase into their content, such as songs and videos, creating a snowball effect in its usage.
So, next time you encounter a person who seems a bit technologically clueless or holds traditional beliefs, don’t hesitate to let out a playful ”Okay, boomer.” Just remember to use it with lightheartedness and avoid offending anyone unintentionally, as it is ultimately a playful dig at generational differences.
- Urban Dictionary – Boomer
- The New York Times – ‘OK Boomer’ Marks the End of Friendly Generational Relations