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Users pointed out the irony of him posting it to Twitter.
As if it wasn’t enough to blame millennials for everything. #BragAboutYourGeneration became a trending topic on Twitter Saturday, much to the chagrin of the younger generations, who took the hashtag as an opportunity to air their grievances.
The #BragAboutYourGeneration is mostly hilarious because 40 year olds are bragging about “playing outside.” Like… that’s nice… I’ve had 5+ hours of homework a night since I was 10 so I could get into college
— Micaela Everitt (@micaela_luisa) August 18, 2018
One user in particular, Frederic Roberto, got the backlash of his life with his viral tweet, which celebrated his generation’s ability to do things without the convenience of the internet. Some of his boasts included getting dates without Tinder, taking rides without Uber, and getting jobs without LinkedIn.
We dated without @Tinder.
We took rides without @Uber.
We got jobs without @LinkedIn.
We found places without @Waze.
We did playlists without @Spotify.
We took photos without @Instagram.
We found answers without @Google.
We made friends without @Facebook.#BragAboutYourGeneration
— Frederico Roberto (@Frederiko) August 18, 2018
Many users were not impressed with this (barely) Gen Xer’s sanctimonious sentiment and mocked him with their own renditions of the hashtag, while others criticized him straight at the source. “[Y]ou were born in 1981 my guy, it ain’t no “my generation” by the time you were 22 cats had GPS and picture messaging. You were not in the mines,” user Richard Lawler said to Roberto.
hey, you managed to be a wanker without PornHub too buddy https://t.co/tZZWlDWVzJ
— Finn Darby (@FinnTD) August 20, 2018
You dated with voicemails
You took rides in cabs
You got jobs from the classifieds
You found places with maps
You made playlists with tape recorders
You took photos with cameras
You found answers with books
You made friends with…. idk dude, did you?
It's all technology. https://t.co/thA26ILnRj
— ella dawson (@brosandprose) August 22, 2018
We fucked with tinder
We get home drunk w lyft
We work 2-5 jobs because old ppl ruined everything
We don't carry paper maps like lewis & mf clark
We listen to mitski & young thug with spotify
We mentally breakdown on finstas
We self diagnose on google
No one uses facebook anymore https://t.co/KcKUylUadL
— jaboukie young-white (@jaboukie) August 22, 2018
Imagine bragging because you had to walk 6 days to the village librarium and consult the scroll of Nebuchadnezzar just to check how many wives Henry VIII had. I'm good luv, enjoy x https://t.co/lzn5ntUl6V
— Flightbae™☻ (@justcallmeBABA) August 20, 2018
In another biting tweet, user Roy of Red wrote, “We got hopium without @bitcoin We got scammed without @ethereum We gambled without @FunFairTech.”
Roberto took the attention in stride and tweeted about one of the responses to his post gaining popularity on Reddit. He maintained in several tweets that he was “just reminiscing.”
— Frederico Roberto (@Frederiko) August 22, 2018
He posted Thursday morning, five days after the initial tweet, about his newfound fame, saying, “If there’s something I’ve learnt off the back of that simple, generational, now-oddly-famous-tweet, is that polarizing opinions do take you, unfortunately, far.” He responded to another user and claimed he wasn’t bashing younger generations or calling them lazy.
It seems like this particular episode of “technology is bad fire is scary and Thomas Edison was witch” is over, but rest assured, baby boomers and Gen x’ers will find something else to complain about.
Kristina Nguyen is an editorial intern for the Daily Dot. She is studying journalism and American studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She has previously contributed to Orange magazine and Silk Club's QUIET! zine.