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The Everyday Differences I've Realized As A Gen Z'er From Living With My Millennial Significant Other

Imagine not having TikTok downloaded...couldn't be me.

Just as the great millennial vs. Gen Z debate of 2021 was starting to take off, I, a true 2000s-born Gen Z'er, started seeing a millennial who's 10 years older.

Myself taking a selfie with my partner.

It was my first age gap relationship, so I didn't really know what to expect. But after living in the same space together, I realized how much of a cultural and social difference there was in that 10-year age gap.

Text messages saying, "OMG, fax machines had phones on them?? How did I never know that? They need to bring them back."

While every relationship has differences between the partners, we probably have double the amount of a relationship with a smaller age gap. These are the differences that are especially prevalent in our day-to-day lives:

1. The apps we spend the most time on:

On the left: guy texting on his phone. On the right: TikTok screenshot of a face on a kidney graphic

2. Our alarm clocks:

On the left: a physical alarm clock. On the right: a screenshot of phone alarms.

3. Our most used emojis:

On the left: text messages showing the crying laughing emoji. On the right: the woozy face emoji circled.

4. How we make coffee:

On the left: French press coffee machine. On the right: pumpkin cold brew coffee.

5. The milk we drink:

On the left: a gallon of 2% milk. On the left: Silk soy milk

6. How we say "LOL":

A text message saying, "jkadfjdfs" "wait, is that supposed to be you saying lol?" "yes lol" "oh (laughing crying emoji)"

7. Our caffeine boosts of choice:

On the left: Death Wish Coffee Co. brand ground coffee. On the right: an energy drink.

8. Our deodorants:

On the left: Speed Stick deodorant. On the right: Essential oil infused deodorant.

9. Our own styles:

On the left: a guy wearing a purple polo. On the right: a woman wearing a "Pulp Fiction" tee with a black turtle neck underneath.

10. Our overall idea of boots:

On the left: white Doc Marten boot. On the right: a brown, green, and yellow cowboy boot.

11. How we take selfies:

On the left: a guy taking a selfie from a high angle. On the right: a woman taking a selfie from a front-facing angle.

12. How we even drink water:

On the left: a Brita filtered water pitcher. On the right: a hand holding a bottle of water.

13. The fact that he still orders magazines:

A hand holding a magazine.

14. Our bags of choice:

On the left: a huge, stuffed red backpack. On the right: a canvas tote bag.

15. How we watch TV:

On the left: the TV guide from cable on a TV screen. On the right: a screenshot of streaming apps.

16. And lastly, how we listen to music:

On the left: an iPod connected by aux into a car. On the right: a screenshot of a music streaming app.

There are so many other differences between us, but these truly stand out the most to me. If you're in a relationship with a ~wide~ age gap, what are some different quirks you've noticed? Share down in the comments below!