A 25-year-old Aussie woman has revealed the six surprising online habits that signal you are a Millennial rather than a Gen-Z, and thousands of Aussies are not happy about it.
Katie Woodland, a Sydney-based musician and actor, shared the ‘tongue in cheek’ commentary to advise her fellow Millennials on how to blend in with the younger generation.
Some of the bizarre habits that ‘scream Millennial’ include tagging friends in Instagram posts and using outdated font styles and emojis.
Katie Woodland (pictured), a 25-year-old from Australia, has revealed the six surprising online habits that betray you as a Millennial rather than a Gen-Z
‘As a fellow Millennial, here are things you are doing online that scream Millennial,’ Katie said.
The first Millennial giveaway is using the laugh/cry emoji (pictured) in messages when you find something funny
The first giveaway is using the laugh/cry emoji in messages when you find something funny.
‘The laugh/cry emoji is dead, it has been dead for a while,’ she said.
‘It’s totally fine if you don’t want to move away from it, if you’re happy being your Millennial self.’
However, she advised that if you do want to act like a Gen-Z you should use the skull face emoji when something is funny, or capitalise words like ‘DECEASED’ or ‘WHY IS SHE DOING THIS’.
The first giveaway is using the laugh/cry emoji in messages when you find something funny
The musician admitted that she couldn’t be sure whether using abbreviations like ‘LOL’ and ‘LMAO’ are still acceptable.
Her second no-go is using a font on an Instagram story that isn’t the very last font option, which is similar to Times New Roman.
‘Pretty much every font on Instagram is unacceptable apart from this one,’ she explained.
She also said you should never post a landscape picture on your story that doesn’t fit the screen and has empty space around it.
Katie made an example of an ‘extremely unacceptable’ story using an outdated font and emojis and a badly cropped picture to show Millennials what not to do.
She advised her followers to always take the picture on Instagram so it fits perfectly, and use small type and tasteful emojis for a more ‘aesthetic’ post.
Katie made an example of an ‘extremely unacceptable’ story using a bad font, emojis and a badly cropped picture to show Millennials what not to do (left). She advised her followers to instead take the picture on Instagram so it fits perfectly, and use small type and tasteful emojis for a more ‘aesthetic’ post (right)
The final and most ‘controversial’ Millennial habit is noticeably tagging friends in posts or stories and leaving the tags visible
A massively outdated habit is using the boomerang feature to make short clips on Instagram.
‘Just don’t do it. I think all Millennials actually know this, I think it’s just for the boomers at this point,’ she said.
She also said Gen-Z would never use a filter on Instagram stories or posts, she advised editing your pictures on applications like VSCO instead as it is more subtle and professional.
The final and most ‘controversial’ Millennial habit is noticeably tagging friends in posts or stories and leaving the tags visible.
Katie said the decision to tag your friends or not depends on the situation and how many friends you’re with as it can ruin the aesthetics of your post to have too many visible tags.
‘If you’re not sure just tag your friend then click on the tag, shrink it and flick it off so it wont be in the post anymore but your friend can still repost the post,’ she suggested.
What online habits make you look like a Millennial?
1. Using the laugh/cry emoji
2. Using any font on Insta that it’s the last one when creating a story
3. Posting landscape pictures on your story and shrinking them to fit, leaving a border around the outside
4. Using Boomerangs
5. Using any filter on Instagram
6. Tagging your friends in posts and leaving the tags there visibly
The TikToker reminded her followers that they don’t have to fit in with Gen-Z.
‘If you are happy being your Millennial self no judgment at all, I use social media as part of my job so I have to stay on top of trends,’ she explained.
Millennials were not happy happy with the list, and Kate admitted she received ‘hate’ on her video.
‘Jeez let Millennials be Millennials we were here first,’ one insulted woman said.
‘Don’t understand why I wouldn’t want to be a Millennial. We’re the best,’ another joked.
‘Honestly being a Gen-Z sounds exhausting and stressful,’ another wrote.