I am 23 years, 4 months, and 2 days old.
That sounds quite young, right?
I used to think I was young, too. In fact, in my previous workplace, I was one of the youngest on the team. And something about that felt good.
But in the past few weeks, I have begun to feel like a black-and-white Nokia set in the age of iPhones that recognise faces. Like a DVD player in the age of Netflix. Like a Walkman. Or any other such relic of the 2000s.
What brought on this existential crisis, you ask.
If you have been following the blog in the past week, you would have noticed that we’re working with college students, having them on as contributors.
Ever since I graduated in 2016, I have not had many opportunities to interact with college students. The only time I did speak to a few of them was probably during result announcements to ask very important questions like ‘How many hours did you study?’ and ‘Did you expect to be a topper?’.
But over the last few weeks, Vibha and I have been talking to students on a regular basis. Which has brought us to some startling discoveries.
Facebook is no longer the cool place to hangout.
They have either not used their account in months or they don’t have an account at all! When I was in college, barely two years ago, Facebook is where the conversations happened. It was in Facebook groups that batchmates would ask for the syllabus, hours before an exam, or someone would post their shoe rack for sale.
Now, they all live on Instagram
I don’t know what’s happened to the shoe racks and mattresses on sale but now Instagram is the primary medium for everything- entertainment, social life, news, etc.
In their words, Facebook is where the aunties and uncles are.
For the even younger crowd, Instagram doubles up as a messaging platform. Whatsapp is not nearly cool enough.
This is more than just about the social media or messaging platforms youngsters are using. The media they use is just a reflection of their mindset, world views, and aspirations.
I can now sympathise with my parents and other adults who complain about how they find it hard to catch up with the ‘millenials’.
I never thought keeping up with trends would be a problem for me, as a millennial myself. But now I know that things are changing faster than ever before and I need to catch up to stay relevant.
So if you don’t want to wake up one day and realise you are a dinosaur among genetically-modified superbeings, take some time out and talk to any young person around you.
That’s all for the day.
Kthanksbye (Translation: Millennial talk for ‘I’m done here’)