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#HowToConfuseAMillennial is a hashtag that was originally created by Boomers and Generation X-ers to mock Millennials but was quickly overrun by Millennial Twitter users mocking how their ancestors are out of touch with the Millennial generation.


At 9:00 AM EST on September 4th, 2016, the Twitter account for a site specializing in hashtag games, @HashtagRoundup,[1] posted the first tweet with the hashtag #HowToConfuseaMillennial (shown below).

Hashtag Roundup , Follow HashtagRoundup This week's Sundays with Doc hosted by @TheTrueDocLove is #HowToConfuseAMillennial RETWEETS LIKES 48


Initial tweets using the hashtag gently ribbed millennials with jokes about their inability to understand old technology like maps (below, left) and landline phones (below, right).

Follow SophieDiddles @sophie diddles #HowToConfuseAMillennial Show them what an antique GPS looks like adu1tg33k @adu1tg33k1 Follow #HowToConfuseAMillennial ask them to make a call on this GIF

Once Millennial Twitter users caught wind of the hashtag, they used it to bash the generations before them, highlighting the economic difficulties Millennials face due to the mistakes of previous generations. These tweets were very popular, and soon became the dominant content under the "#HowToConfuseMillennials" hashtag. For example, one tweet by @TVsCarlKinsella,[2] shown below, gained over 24,000 retweets and 36,000 likes in two days.

์š”์š” Carl Kinsella 2.2 Carl Kinsella Follow @TVsCarlKinsella #HowToConfuseAMillennial Destroy the housing market Replace grad jobs with unpaid internships Tell them to buy a house

The popularity of the hashtag made it a Twitter moment[3] and a news story on Buzzfeed,[4] BBC,[5] Mashable,[6] Uproxx,[7] and more.

Various Examples

ModernManKevinBacon @Notintheface1 Follow #HowToConfuseAMillennial Crash their economy and then condescendingly ask why so many of them are living with their parents ์š”์š” Carl Kinsella 2.2 Carl Kinsella Follow @TVsCarlKinsella #HowToConfuseAMillennial Destroy the housing market Replace grad jobs with unpaid internships Tell them to buy a house Nathan Walters @waltersn512 Follow #HowToConfuseAMillennial start a hashtag slamming millenials on a platform controlled by millenials; get offended when millenials fight back katie dey @katie_dey Following #HowToConfuseAMillennial allow them to live imprisoned in consciousness at odds with an innately incoherent & horrifying outer existence Asher Wolf @Asher-Wolf Follow ์ง€์ œ Tell them mental health is important while they run between three part-time jobs #HowToConfuseAMillennial RETWEETS LIKES 231 475 dark like tree bark @NoMayoTears Follow Tell them to follow their passions!* as long as they aren't passionate about art, writing, or anything creative #HowToConfuseAMillennial

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Oh great, another โ€œ(Current Generation) sucks! Letโ€™s make fun of โ€™em!โ€ fad. This sort of thinking goes way back;

โ€œThe children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.โ€
- Aristophanes, commonly misattributed to Socrates.


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