Living with the Millennial Generation Means Not Laughing at Rage Comics

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(My attempt at a rage comic–more on this below)

The generation gap has become a gulf in my household, and I struggle every day to keep up. Three quick observations:

1. YouTube Views

Virtually every time I ask my 14-year-old son to check out a video, the first thing out of his mouth is “How many views does it have?” After months of subtly criticizing him with explanations that number of views does not equal quality, it finally occurred to me: The kid’s right, at least in some small way. His generation has been bombarded with so many  choices in entertainment and information for as long as he can remember. His strategy helps him sift through what might be worth two minutes of his time. Does a Rebecca Black’s “Friday” sneak through once in a while? Of course, but my son is onto something that my generation hasn’t had to use.

2. Google Chat

My 15-year-old son, a very high achiever, was goofing around on a Google doc the night before a test, “chatting” with friends who were on the same study guide. I am very hands-off with him and his homework, but it finally got to me, and I snapped: “Don’t you have work to do?” He looked at me with a patient, but exasperated expression, sighing, “Mom, I am working.” And he was. Social media have fused with their lives to a degree that I don’t think I’ll ever understand.

3. An iPad with No Manual

A new iPad. No manual, no practice, no training. The boys showed me how to work it. “But who showed you that?” I asked.

“Mom, you just do it,” they replied.

Rage Comics

And then there are rage comics.

I don’t get them! You know how when you have to explain a joke, it’s not funny? Well, these poor kids of mine try and try to explain. Why do the faces of the characters switch? Why are crappy drawings used on purpose? What’s the joke?

An Unscientific Survey

I examine some rage comics in the video below. Please share if you think they are funny in the comments and give your age. If there’s a teenager in your house, have him or her do the same thing. Let’s see if it’s a generation gap or if I am to blame.

(Video link)

Source: imgur

I finally decided if I can’t beat them, I might as well join them, and I made my own rage comic at the top of this post. It took less than a minute for me to get my first down vote. And just another minute to get another one.

Do you think rage comics are funny? Is this a generational gulf that cannot be bridged?

MamaKatMomPulse I am linking up with Mama Kat’s vlogging prompt: Describe a popular kids toy or TV show that you just don’t understand.

David and Marcy with rage comic

About Marcy

I blog about trying to get out of my comfort zone, completing 101 things in 1001 days (and beyond), and writing my memoirs. My book: Timid No More.

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18 Responses to Living with the Millennial Generation Means Not Laughing at Rage Comics

  1. I don’t get it either. It’s just not funny at all. I’m in my late thirties, so I think you’ve got a great hypothesis brewing! My kids are too young for that stuff, though.

  2. Nope, I don’t get it, either! (mid-30s: so maybe a generational thing?)

  3. 43. Not funny. Not funny at all. Kids are stupid, mine included.

    P.S. You sound just like I thought you would ;0)

  4. Marcy says:

    Wow, so far three for three who don’t get it. You guys are making me feel better! My boys will be hearing about this. 🙂

  5. Kat says:

    I wonder if this is how our parents felt about the Simpsons…I definitely don’t get it!

  6. I have to admit, I do love the rage comics. Some of them I don’t get, but for the most part I understand where they THINK the comedy should be.

  7. Wow! Those are stupid and I don’t get it at all (45) I’m about to ask my 14 year old son. Get back soon with his report.

  8. My views on technology have been totally changed by my teenagers, I think I will be hopelessly left behind when they go.

    • Marcy says:

      Yes, I consider myself pretty good when it comes to keeping up, but the way it is just intuitively a part of their lives is so different than how I approach it.

  9. {Kathy} So your gulf is widening too? My three teenagers try to convince me everyday that something is “normal”, when clearly it’s not. A short list: girls’ clothes that rival a prostitute’s, use of social media for EVERYTHING, music videos that make me blush, and finally, a relativistic view of religion.

    • Marcy says:

      Great short list. I sometimes feel relieved that I haven’t had to deal with trying to raise girls in the current culture. I am curious to hear more about your teenagers’ relativistic view of religion.

  10. You are definitely not alone. I often feel like I am shaking the cane and doing the whole, “damn kids get off my lawn” routine. When did I get old? Stopping by from SITS Sharefest.

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