Author: Veronica Lichtenstein, LMHC
Jun 6, 2023
I have had the awesome privilege of speaking with so many different kinds of people through the years. Having young adult children of my own and working with different generations, I have been exposed to new concepts and terminology in today’s internet and social culture. Since my website is being repaired, I thought it would be fun to share some of the terminology and concepts I have learned. The following terms can be used in a lighthearted or playful manner, but they may also carry stereotypes or generalizations. As always, it’s important to consider the context and individual perspectives when using or discussing them.
Boomers: “Boomers” refers to the baby boomer generation, typically born between the mid-1940s and mid-1960s. It’s often used to describe older individuals, particularly those who may be perceived as out of touch with modern trends or technology. Example comment: “My dad is such a boomer. He still doesn’t know how to use emojis.”
Zoomers: “Zoomers” is a term used to refer to members of Generation Z, the demographic cohort succeeding the millennials. It signifies the generation’s familiarity and comfort with technology, particularly video conferencing platforms like Zoom. Example comment: “These zoomers are so tech-savvy. They can navigate any app or device effortlessly.”
Doomers: “Doomers” is a term that originated from internet culture and is used to describe individuals who have a pessimistic or bleak outlook on life. It often reflects a sense of hopelessness or cynicism about the future. Example comment: “I can’t help but feel like a doomer sometimes. The world feels like it’s falling apart.”
Bloomers: “Bloomers” is a playful term that doesn’t have a specific demographic association. It can be used to describe individuals who are experiencing personal growth, flourishing in their lives, or even wearing bloomers as a type of undergarment. Example comment: “She’s really come into her own. She’s such a bloomer, blossoming with confidence and success.”
Himbo/Herbo/Thembo: These terms are often used to describe attractive individuals who are perceived as having a charming, but not necessarily intellectually inclined, personality. They are often associated with being kind-hearted and good-looking. Example comment: “He may not be the brightest bulb, but he’s definitely a himbo with a heart of gold.”
Incel: The term “incel” is an abbreviation for “involuntary celibate.” It originated from online communities and refers to individuals, predominantly men, who believe they are unable to find a romantic or sexual partner despite their desire for one. Incel communities have gained attention due to the promotion of toxic and misogynistic views, often blaming women or society for their perceived lack of success in relationships. (*It’s important to note that while the term itself may not be inherently derogatory, the incel community has been associated with promoting harmful ideologies, including misogyny, sexism, and sometimes even violence. It’s crucial to approach discussions about incels with sensitivity and caution, avoiding the perpetuation or endorsement of negative beliefs or behaviors.) If you or someone you know is struggling with loneliness or relationship difficulties, it is recommended to seek support from mental health professionals or engage in healthy discussions about personal growth and relationship dynamics.
Cancel culture: A phenomenon where individuals or public figures face public criticism and social backlash, often leading to their public shaming, boycotting, or career consequences due to their perceived controversial actions or statements.
Ghosting: The act of suddenly and abruptly ending communication with someone, typically in the context of dating or relationships, by ignoring their messages and cutting off contact.
Trolling: The act of deliberately provoking or antagonizing others online for amusement or to elicit strong emotional reactions.
Social justice warrior (SJW): A term often used pejoratively to describe individuals who are strongly and vocally supportive of social justice causes, equality, and activism.
The terms mentioned can be referred to as social or internet culture terminology. They are words or phrases that have emerged within online communities and have specific meanings or connotations associated with them. These terms are often used to describe certain groups, behaviors, or concepts prevalent in online discussions and interactions. Hope you enjoyed learning or reviewing them as much as I had telling you about them. I just LOVE my job!