TikToker points out key generational divide between Gen Z and Millennials

Though the war between Gen Z and Millennials over middle parts and skinny jeans is vastly overblown, there are still a number of important generational distinctions that separate the two age groups.

TikTok user @emotionalsupportblonde shared one way to guess which generation strangers identify with.


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“I have this theory that you can tell the difference between a Millennial person and a Gen Z person based on the party movie they identify with the most,” she said

She then explained that older Millennials identify with American Pie (1999), younger Millennials love Superbad (2007), Gen Z adores Booksmart (2019) and, “unfortunately,” those who fall in-between generations usually say Project X (2012).

Mathematically, this checks out. Since Millennials were born between the years 1981 and 1996 and Gen Zers were born between 1997 and 2015, this puts many of them in their teenage years when these iconic party movies came out.

Commenters approved of the test.

“This is so accurate,” one commenter wrote.

“You’re not wrong at all,” another said.

“That’s so rude,” a third joked in response to the mention of Project X, which was critically panned.

Months earlier, TikTok user @reneecarrot shared a similar test: Which song do you think of when you hear the words “black dress?”


Thought I’d settle this once and for all. I think it’s pretty obvious which one I am lmao #genz #millennial #millennialsoftiktok #millennials #fyp

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She said if you thought of the song “Little Black Dress” by One Direction, you’re Gen Z. If you thought of “Don’t Trust Me” by 3OH!3, which starts with the words “black dress,” you’re a Millennial.

This logic follows a similar mathematical formula — the One Direction song came out in 2013, whereas the 3OH!3 hit came out in 2008.

The songs aren’t as highly associated with being a teenager as the movies are, though, and some commenters found their identities didn’t align with the test. For one, “Don’t Trust Me” was a much more popular song than “Little Black Dress,” which didn’t even hit the Billboard Hot 100. “Don’t Trust Me” hit No. 6 in 2009.

“Please, I don’t want to be a Millennial, I just have class,” one TikTok user commented.

“Guess I’m a Millennial now,” another said.

Perhaps a raunchy, electro-pop song from the late 2000s can be what brings us all together in the end.

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