The Great Gen Z vs. Millennial Divide
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Maybe it’s just the fact that TikTok has brought Generation Z vs. millennial culture to the forefront, but I’m still grappling with the fact that Gen Z–ers refer to millennials as “old.” From the middle vs. side part debate to sayings that Gen Z begs for millennials to stop saying (which, I agree, it’s time to stop saying ‘on fleek’), there’s a humorous divide between the two generations that continues to pop up in our culture and daily lives.
For that reason, I was pretty darn shocked when I opened the TikTok app as part of my nightly ritual and saw the ‘Corona Sunrise’ recipe plastering my screen. According to the youth of today, this is the new thing – a bottled Corona filled with tequila, grenadine and OJ. While these trending videos make it look absolutely refreshing and delicious (I haven’t enjoyed one of these since my college heydays circa. 2016), I found myself thinking, “Has no one else heard of these before?”
According to 21+ TikTokers, the ‘Corona Sunrise’ is the new must–try alcoholic bevvy of summer. Not only is it delicious, but it’s also visibly #instaworthy and helps you avoid cleanup from making a standard Tequila Sunrise cocktail. While many college–aged commenters praised this new invention, many older users were quick to call out how long this “trend” has really been around.
This got me thinking: is the “trend” of discovering old trends from past generations and making them “cooler” here to stay? From polaroid cameras and old-school records to vintage clothes and clunky New Balance “dad” sneakers, recent trends seem to be adapted from older generations and turned into something new year after year. While that understandably comes and goes with the times, it’s worth discussing how mainstay brands can sometimes be unintentionally thrown into the great debate and made popular again.
Here’s to a summer of Corona Sunrises!
Posted by Katie