Zoomer is used to refer to all members of Generation Z or Gen Z , who were born between the late 1990s and early 2010s.
They are known for being digital natives, growing up with technology at their fingertips. “Zoomer” is a popular meme, that had spread shortly after the creation of the Boomer meme and turned against the younger generation, in the form of several threads on 4chan with redrawn pictures of Feels Guy, with attributes frequent on “Zoomer” kids. This includes shaved sides and combed back hairstyl – alternatively, the Broccoli Cut – as well as Monster energy drink and Tide Pods.
The “Zoomer” is also known for his love for battle royale games (mostly Fortnite), TikTok, as well as mumble rap and his anxiety around real life humans, especially women.
“Zoomer” is a play on the term Boomer, which refers to members of the Baby Boomer generation. It was first popularized on the internet through memes and online communities. The term gained traction as a way to differentiate the younger generation from previous generations, highlighting their familiarity with and reliance on technology.
“Zoomer” culture, in a way, represents a rebellion against the older generation’s beliefs, values, and cultural traditions. They are often seen as trendsetters and influencers when it comes to internet humor, social media platforms, and technology-related matters.
The original “Zoomer” image was submitted to 4chan, in 2018, paired with illustrations of GenZ, as well as the copypasta text, “that 15 year old zoomer who proposed to his crush on messenger”. The meme was heavily influenced by the Wojak template, and was adopted by online communities.
Thanks to social media platforms, the term “Zoomer” quickly spread and became widely recognized. It swiftly appeared on sites like Reddit, 9GAG, as well as Instagram and YouTube. Over the years, as “Zoomer” culture itself is shaping, the memes have also changed, adopting to the current trends among youths.
These memes often mock certain behaviors or highlight the shared experiences of “Zoomers”, creating an online community where members can bond or cringe over their or other peoples’ digital upbringing. The “Zoomer” archetype is also frequently depicted along with other archetypes, like the Bloomer or the Doomer.
As the “Zoomer” generation continues to grow and shape the world, it is safe to say that their impact will extend far beyond their fondness for memes and technology. Their ability to adapt to new technologies and embrace change is likely to play a significant role in shaping the future.
- Independent UK – What generation do you belong to? Millennial, generation X or Z
- Urban Dictionary – Zoomer