There’s no right side to be on when it comes to the Millennial versus Gen Z debate. Either you’re way too old to care what people think of how you part your hair, or you’re too young to think everything you’re saying right now won’t be embarrassing in just a few years. Of course, that hasn’t stopped the 20-somethings and 30-somethings from going at each other’s throats, while a whole other cringey generation gets off scot-free: Gen X.

It’s Gen Xers, people born between around 1965 and 1980, who built many of the social media platforms we use today, but they’ve largely escaped trend pieces and pop culture debate about how they use the apps. Whereas I, a millennial, have spent my entire life reading about myself and what my generation is destroying and/or pioneering. I know we love Harry Potter and The Office and houseplants and the word “doggo,” even if I personally don’t (ugh, OK, I do). For Gen Z, social media has only become more prevalent, and the discourse even more annoying. I empathize with that, and am heartened to see that some of us have started putting this manufactured rift aside to instead give Gen X the dunking they’ve so far ducked.

The type of TikTok referenced in this video has come across my For You Page or turned up in my searches once or twice, but it wasn’t until today I put together that they were all from Gen X users. Turns out, there’s a whole slew of ‘em.


GenX music flashback. We know the words..... πŸ˜‰βœŒπŸŽΆ #genx #momsoftiktok #dadsoftiktok #80smusic

♬ Mony Mony - Party Songs

As far as I can tell, Gen X culture on TikTok is poor camera quality and asking people if they remember songs from the early ‘90s. Other times, it’s being visibly delighted at making a joke that is only a normal level of funny.

Some Gen Xers are just openly haggard after 40-plus years on this godforsaken planet.

These all have the look and feel of videos that normally wouldn’t get more than a couple hundred views on the app, but they have instead received hundreds of thousands, and comments like “Love it. GEN-X RULES 😎😎” from their fellow semi-olds.  

Still, I’ve yet to find anything I actually object to. Sure, they’re even more earnest than millennials and still use internet speak from 2009 and really need to find another way to define themselves beyond the bands they listened to 25 years ago, but at least they weren’t responsible for this.