Ask an Actual Millennial

What exactly constitutes a “millennial” is an endless point of discussion in this office. We’re not talking the anthropological definition — that barrel’s been scraped by every culture site in town (millennials like selfies, millennials like lists, yadda yadda). Our conversation is more technical, and technically, we of the Generation Y crew are millennials. However, I like to think of Generation Y as split into two groups: the Facebook Wave, and the Instagram Wave.

According to the very scientific me, the Facebook Wave is anyone who is currently 23 – 35. We actually remember typing in and are scared of iPhone software updates. The Instagram Wave begins with whoever’s just been given their first smartphone and caps off at age 22 — they’re who I consider “millennials,” which you can feel free to disagree with in the comments because I’m admittedly an old curmudgeon who tries to throw my own friends off my lawn.

I’d even go so far as to predict that within or below that younger group, more and more micro-generations will be created. For all I know there is a sub-genre of kids age 7 and under who are responsible for programming all of the apps I’m no longer cool enough to know about.

Regardless of where the lines are drawn, it’s always worth peeking into the minds of those who are younger — if not because they practically speak a different language, then definitely because they can teach you a new dance move. With that, meet Franny Keller, our intern/back to school specialist.

Name: Franny

Age: 16, entering 11th grade

1) Shopping: do you prefer online or in store?

It’s pretty equal. I do both, but I always have a shopping cart going on online.

2) Is twerking allowed at school dances?

Oh yes. Twerk-offs are a thing.

3) Do people actually twerk?

Very few can but they do NOT hesitate to try.

4) What’s the next dance move we need to know about?

“The Corn Shuck” — it’s a great way to look cool or deter creepy guys at parties!

5) What are the kids listening to?

Sam Smith is incredible. Also, my friends and I love the app Hype Machine; it has really cool songs and remixes.

5a) On a scale from 1-10 how annoying is it when young adults, only ten years your senior, reference your “generation” as “the kids”?


6) Your turn for payback since I just called you “kid.” What age seems “old” to you?


7) Weirdest vocab word you think is trending?

“Sus.” It means shady or suspicious. Can be used to describe a person, place, or party.

8) Social media network of choice?

Probably Instagram or Snapchat. I Snapchat too often…

9) Who’s your icon?

I’ve been watching a lot of Winona Ryder movies lately. She really inspires me as an actress and I think she’s stunning.

10) Do you wear makeup? What kind?

I like to keep it looking natural: I use under eye concealer, mascara, a little bronzer, sometimes some neutral colored eyeshadows and I put my bronzer in my crease to bring it all together. I always have to tame my crazy eyebrows.

11) You know how we’re all freaky-nostalgic about the 80s and 90s? What do you think you’ll be nostalgic about?

Probably Lizzie McGuire and Hannah Montana. So early 2000s.

12) Trend you’ve seen everyone your age wearing?

Chokers, all the teens are wearing them.

13) Thoughts on the word “Millennial”?

It’s all about multi-tasking. I Snapchat, do my homework, and and eat my dinner at the same time. That’s millennial for ya.

  • ee_by_cc

    I just fell off my chair. 28 is old. I should get myself enrolled in AARP and check into a retirement home.

    • Amelia Diamond

      when I was 16 I thought 21 was THE OLDEST.

    • Charlotte Fassler

      I remember thinking 24 was SO old at 16. YIKES.

    • Rebeka Osborne

      Sh*t, it looks like I only have a couple more months of youth. I should probably live it up. Snap all the snaps, by a choker, something!

    • ee_by_cc

      Another fun thing that will make us all feel old is if you watch this. You’re welcome.

  • CHOKERS. That is truly what makes me feel old. And yep, totally scared of iphone updates.

    Sincere congrats on being a very stylish Millenial though Franny – my 16 y/o looks were nowhere near as good.

    • Amelia Diamond

      The 2000s are coming back!!

      • Jamie Leland

        Nooo! We need more time!

  • Jenna

    Love this!!

  • brunetteletters

    HAHAHAHAHA I feel so OLD now!! I remember when I used to be the ‘young one’ and now…I see other girls and think ” I wish I was sixteen again”

  • Is she a millennial or a digital native?

    • xyz

      Digital native. People 23-35 are technically millennial. Younger people are too, but the are authentic digital natives.

  • hi_itsgabby

    ha. Minus the snap chatting and instagrams – I was also into chokers and Winona Ryder. Some things never change. Love this!

  • also actual millennial :)

    would love to know what she’s wearing!

    • Amelia Diamond

      Derek Lam top, Acne skirt, Topshop shoes !

      • Trente Chic

        Hmm… I’m 30 and still can’t afford to wear that on a Wednesday…

    • Charlotte Fassler

      These are the shoes!

  • Lauren Ann Long

    Feel like I should go write my will after reading this. And I’m only 21.

    • Amelia Diamond

      No, now you just get to start feeling wise!

  • tess

    what a rad gig! wasn’t expecting for someone my age to be working with the man repeller!!!
    -another millennial ❤️

  • Kate Barnett

    hahahah the corn shuck. brilliant.

  • upstateblonde

    Love this! She seems so stylish and mature yet youthful at the same time. I also love seeing how trends always come full circle- fake tattoo chokers, anyone? I hope to see more posts to keep us golden oldies young!

  • Jamie Leland

    I thought I was still cool until just now.

  • Damn!

  • Lauren

    28 is exactly the right age, thank you 🙂

  • Lauren

    I was a camp counselor when I was 21 for a group of 14 year olds, and I knew things were never going to be the same when not a single girl knew who Zack Morris was.

    • Amelia Diamond

      zack <3

  • Natasha Jarmick

    Wait…can we get some more context on “the corn shuck” please? I need to impress all my “old” friends.

    • Amelia Diamond

      actually me too. Franny where you at how do we corn shuck?

      • Franny Keller

        you basically just pretend you’re shucking corn but to the beat! you pump one arm forward and the other hand just holds the corn. make sure to get funky with it, you can do a little side step.

  • Rebeka Osborne

    I wish I looked that good when I was 16. Girlfriend, you’re killing it with that outfit!

  • Hi, can you please help me with the pronunciation of sus? Is it the same as suspicious? I want to use it. I remember in high school if my friend dated someone older we would always say, “ugh, he’s like 20” basically an old man. Now 23 and 24 seem SOOO young to me, even though I’m only 26 myself.

    • Hanne

      same. i am 25 and everything below seems super young… maybe because i feel really young, so who’s younger then feels soo young

    • Franny Keller

      yes it’s the same as suspicious!

    • 26 is young and you look good.

  • Michele Hanash

    As if Wednesdays weren’t depressing enough. This 16 year old is definitely out-stylin me. And she called me old – actually I guess I am older than old. Off to buy a choker…

  • What is “sus”? What is “the corn shuck”? People are wearing chokers again? Update my address in your book to 12345 Under-A-Rock, Boulderville. P.s. I’m 20.

  • I love that chokers are trending. I remember my first choker necklace. Those plastic weaved ones that came in black, brown or rainbow. I had so many of those! Then I took piece of left over ribbon from my mom and sewed a snap to each end and made my own choker…. still have it. Maybe I should break it out and start wearing it again HAHAHA!

    I’m so happy I found your blog! You’ve got a new fan!


    • Amelia Diamond

      Welcome !!!!!!

  • xenaimara

    Hey, guys !
    I have this really amazing fashion and lifestyle blog, you will fall in love
    with !

  • Zoe

    I’m 16 and ya missed one integral part of a millennial’s life… finstagram. It’s a fake instagram that only close friends follow, you can post whatever and not worry about likes or whatever.

    • Amelia Diamond

      I love this idea. It’s like a group chat instagram?

      • Zoe

        Yeah basically!

  • This is brilliant, and I feel so old at 23 right now! I feel like I’m right in the gap between the generations, as I can’t remember typing, but I remember when it came to Norway, and I’m also a frequent user of Instagram. My all time favourite social media is Twitter though 🙂

    • Charlotte Fassler

      I remember signing up for facebook and having to use a school e-mail address and be invited!! Times have changed!

      • haha yes! I was a senior in high school when I signed up. It was right when they let high schoolers join too, and I only got one because my high school blocked myspace, and I needed something to do during “study”

      • Yes! First semester of college 2004 🙂 such exciting times then. And you would friend ANYONE you met at a party. Now, I feel weird or creepy friending people if I don’t know them that well.

  • SheGoesCeo

    Haha this is just great! I remember thinking (maybe not at 16, but 10/11 that by the time i was 21 I’d be married and have kids. How unrealistic?!
    Am starting a blog on how to grow a business. Would love to see you there 🙂

  • Ahh I’m a millennial!

  • L.A. Lady

    Just wait until strangers start asking you “when” you’re having kids. Then you’ll feel old.

    • Amelia Diamond

      alreaddddyyy happened it’s called a visit to my grandmother’s!

  • Eva Anderson

    So chic. Literally my style icon and comedic inspriation.

  • dustUP

    Don’t worry, your 2000s nostalgia is not ripe for comeback just yet! From what i read here on MR, you guys gag on a bare thought of 2000s and nostalgia is one directly opposite sentiment. Who is going to revive the decade from perspective of teenage silliness and limited budget? Comebacks are always reserved for decade in which you are of legal age, study, work a bit. There is something naturally rebellious and carefree at the same time about the decade of your late teens and early twenties which earns it desirable status, no?

    I’m holding a collections report from Vogue for winter 2001/02 in my hands as a proof that it wasn’t that bad at all. I can clearly remember the avant-garde being very vocal and slowly dictating trends and Tom Ford at Gucci selling sexy on the other side. In many ways it’s scary similar to today’s fashion and it has been already for some time, revived by now 40’s. Philo at Celine is a proof. In one moment it’ll be your turn to bring back 2010s of your 20’s. I can’t wait to see what you guys will come up with!
    Unless I’m wrong and we’re doomed.

    • Amelia Diamond

      haha nope, I’m sure in a few years we’ll be craving the 20000s. butterfly clips and uggs baby!

      • Anni

        I feel like it’s already happening on a street level – a quick look at under 23-instagram girls and popular depop sellers (like Internetgirl) all are making big bucks banking on that 2000’s nostalgia already. It might take high fashion a lot longer to come around but on a more street fashion and niche brands that sell to a younger audience I think it’s here.

  • Helen Bichsel

    I’m 17 yrs old and the weirdest vocab word trending is thot

    • Amelia Diamond


      • Lina

        That Hoe Over There

        • Amelia Diamond


      • Helen Bichsel

        Ya know like hoe/ratchet/basic

      • Helen Bichsel

        Ya know like hoe/ratchet/basic

      • Yurixie

        Them Hoes Overthere

        • Jessie


  • Ariane Forest


  • Girl today wear a whole lot more makeup than the 90’s kids. I remember girls being excited about smackers like only the school sluts wore eye shadow and color lipstick.

    • LAMB

      Tell me about it. I’m 36 and this kid wears way more make up than I ever do, or have ever worn on a day-to-day basis…

  • Lina

    1. How does one become an intern at Man Repeller? (I’m 17)
    2. It seems like the slang and trends differ a lot by region. I’ve never heard the word “sus”, and no one in my school wears chokers! People have been saying “turn up” for a while, but I recently learned “glow up” or “it’s your glow day” as in it’s your time to shine, all eyes are on you.

  • Krista Anna Lewis

    Winona Forever <3

  • Actually love her photos! I`m 19 and old for me is like 30, but that`s too old for me to have a baby. Eep, I don`t really know!

    ROUGH & TOUGH☯ // I`m on Bloglovin! // IG: @jiaachacruz:disqus

  • Your intern is gorgeous, stylish, and very very bright & clever. Love her humor. I’m 22, so I’m at this weird place where I am experiencing Lisa Frank’s craze twice, and hated Hannah Montana because it was associated with being a kid when I really wanted to grow up. I don’t remember THE facebook, but Iphone updates make me nervy – I learned HTML by customizing my Myspace obsessively. Digital native over hurr.

    Can you do this, like, once a month to I can keep using obnoxious slang that I love and everyone around me despises? I love sus.

    Warm Regards,

  • LJIS

    Anyone born after 1980 is a different breed #oldbag #genX #iworegrungeinhighschool

  • LJIS

    Also: I don’t remember going around saying “I’m so old!” in my early 20s. Kids have it rough these days!

  • Juliana

    It drives me crazy, my sister is the same way, a great multi-tasker. 16 year olds don’t look 16 anymore. At my time I wished I had a flat iron to tame my hair forget all that makeup she’s talking about. She is very stylish for a 16 year old and no doubt pretty!

    XOXO JuJu

  • Yuri

    Do u guys only hang out with rich people/ppl who have $$? This 16 yr old is I’m Derek lam..seriously?

  • Anton

    omg how dare this child say “28” is OLD?!?!

  • I don’t think she was old enough to remember Lizzie Mcguire as it was airing?


  • Annali

    I’m pass 35!Should I be even reading this! I did a you tube search to learn the Corn Shuck dance but only encountered multiple videos on how to shuck real corn.

  • i just want to share that tyler the creator is responsible for the word sus become popular. that is all

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  • mara

    answer number 6 was a punch straight in my 31-years-old face.

  • 28 is old? Yikes. Talk about a depressing revelation on a Thursday morning.

    I mean, I guess I felt that way, too. However, being 28, I don’t feel old at all…well, until I just read this blog post.

  • Loraine de Sanctis

    I remember thinking when I was 16 that id have a successful career, husband and baby on the way by 24 and that seemed reasonable. Let’s just say at 28 the deadline has been pushed an extra ten years

  • xyz

    “Sus” is Australian slang, though I wouldn’t be surprised if it is used in the UK as well.

    Also, RE: “multi-tasking”: There is no such thing. You can eat a little dinner, then switch to snapchat for a few minutes, then switch to homework, but you can’t do them all at once. This illusion of “productive” “multitasking” is killing our ability to focus for long periods of time.

  • Is “sus” a new slang word? I’m Australian and I’ve heard it my whole life.

  • Stasi

    She’s generation z…definitely not millennial

  • Cybill

    I’m at that point -My 22nd birthday is two month away- where I crave Hannah Montana marathons on a daily basis yet Instagram and Snapchat annoy me big time.

  • ashley

    Oh man. 28 is old? I have been craving the sunshine maybe its time to move to boca LOL

  • Eva Facchini

    I’m 23, so she may think I’m a grown up, but I end up looking even younger than her 😀

  • Benita von Lilienfeld-Berry

    typo!!! “I Snapchat, do my homework, and and eat my dinner at the same time.”

  • I love this…….but where does the Millennial Generation end and Gen Z begin?! ? hashtag frightening