How to Frighten the New Generation
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How to Frighten the New Generation is a catchphrase used in a series of recaption memes based on an image macro of The Muppets character Statler captioned with suggestions on how to scare the younger generation. Spawned by a viral edit of a Facebook meme in 2020, the format has since been used to reference video games and other media.
On October 19th, 2019, the Facebook page More Crazy Stuff posted an image macro starting with the question, "How do you frighten this new generation?" and suggested putting them in a room with a rotary phone, an analog watch, a TV with no remote and instructions written in cursive. The post (shown below) garnered over 22,000 reactions and 381,000 shares in four years.
Following a period of viral spread of the macro and its copycat versions, on September 25th, 2020, the Facebook page Funny Thoughts and Jokes posted an image macro of The Muppets character Statler captioned with a similar suggestion. The post (shown below) garnered over 2,100 reactions and 4,400 shares in three years.
On June 1st, 2022, Redditor FiddlerOfTheForest posted a recaptioned version of the meme in the /r/ComedyNecrophilia subreddit that gained over 6,200 upvotes in one year (shown below).
On June 23rd, 2022, Redditor doledickard posted a cropped version of the meme that garnered over 1,800 upvotes in /r/okbuddyretard one year (shown below, left). On July 28th, 2022, an unknown Redditor then posted a Five Nights at Freddy's version of the meme that received over 3,800 upvotes on the /r/okbuddyretard subreddit prior to deletion (shown below, right).
The macro maintained its prevalence as a recaption format through 2022 and early 2023. For example, an Iron Lung version of the meme posted by Twitter user @neoncaelestis on August 4th, 2022, saw particular virality.
 Facebook – More Crazy Stuff
 Facebook – Funny thoughts and jokes.
 Reddit – I heard people sobbing and screaming in the rooms next to me. Within hours the sobs died down, one by one, and now it's silent.
 Reddit – Id like to these these morbonnials figure this one out
 Reddit – [deleted by user]
 Twitter – @neoncaelestis
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