Mind the (Generation) Gap

Journalists Desperately Seeking Relevance

As the Boomer Mom of a Gen-Y and Gen-Z, I’m Annoyed

Holly Jahangiri
6 min readAug 26, 2020


Before sharing the “OK, Boomer,” and “Ugh, Millennials,” and “Oh, look at those “Gen-Z snowflakes” humor, ask yourself who benefits from ageism and division in society?

When it comes to serious issues like curbing gun violence, mitigating the effects of climate change on our planet’s habitability, ensuring against massive food insecurity and poverty, reducing dependence on non-renewable energy resources, eliminating police brutality, prosecuting anti-trust violations, encouraging anti-racism… who the hell benefits from the division among us?

It’s not US.

Attention-Grabbing, Divisive Headlines About Poorly-Understood Linguistic Research

Who controls commercial news media? Also not us. Take a glance at the following headlines:

Screen Capture by Holly Jahangiri (8/26/2020)

As the “Boomer” (arguably, “Gen-X”) mom of a “Millennial” daughter and a “Gen-Z” son, I see right through this ploy.

The Research

[In 2015,] Celia Klin, associate professor of psychology and associate dean at Binghamton University’s Harpur College, recruited 126…