Cliches aside, we believe that age does not define you. In fact, you may have noticed that we never asked about yours! You are not a number to us. And we know age isn’t terribly relevant because what keeps you active and fulfilled is connecting with others. That said, each generation has its own strategies for making meaningful connections.
That’s why we’d like to introduce you to Millie & Boo! We’ve asked these two, one a Millennial, the other a Boomer (get it?), to take on some of the big questions of our day (some philosophical, some technological, others grammatical).
We hope you’ll learn something from the way they share and compare and perhaps share a laugh or two with us and your friends and family. We have!
Today, Millie & Boo! go right to the heart of the matter and tackle relationships. Making new connections and maintaining old. And relating to parents.
Boo: So, how exactly do you go about connecting with other people these days?
Millie: It depends, but mainly Instagram is a good way to figure out who someone is, what they’re like and who they’re close with. Then Snapchat is great for a conversation because you can make faces, write things and use fun filters. It’s a good way to joke around and have a good time.
Boo: I get that, but what if you’ve not met someone yet. How would you do it if you didn’t work together or something?
Millie: Most likely Instagram because there are so many different ways to start to engage in small interactions. And you’re not gonna like this, but the other way would be Tinder — just to make friends sometimes. Like if you start a new job in a new city. It’s not just for hookups.
Boo: Mmmmm hmmmmm.
Millie: So, if you’re not as into social media as my generation, how do you actually meet people?
Boo: It’s this thing called a conversation. You should check it out! You find people who have common interests–I mean maybe you’d use a tailored platform for that initial contact if you didn’t know them already, that could be useful. But then, believe it or not you’d get all face-to-face. At a cafe or an event. And then, maybe even some eye contact. I know this is nuts, but possibly your phone isn’t even in your hand at this point.
Millie: I see.
Boo: No, really. Sarcasm aside, the best things happen when people are looking at one another in the eye and concentrating on quality conversations. Our devices have become our own private places and it isn’t all bad, but it’s getting in the way of us doing what we actually do best–connect.
Millie: Do you mind if I post that? JK.
ON BENIGN NEGLECT v. HELICOPTER PARENTING
Boo: You know, as long as I got home in time for dinner my parents never asked me where I was. But between phones and over scheduling, I feel like your generation had a very different experience. What’s your take?
Millie: Oh, my mom always talks about this! You went outside all the time, you stared at clouds, you used your imaginations…we did tons of homework, had structured activities, no time and parents all up in our business.
Boo: Yeah, I might have been up in my kids’ business a little too much.
Millie: It’s kinda like free range v. bubble wrapped. Maybe you were overcompensating.
At Amava, we believe that age does not define us. We favor actual interactions and honest relationships over clichés like the one about Millennials and Baby Boomers being at odds, at cultural loggerheads or at war. The Millennial and Boomer (get it?) are two friends having conversations about things that matter—work, social issues, money, relationships, travel and more. They were nice enough to write some of it down for us so you can be entertained and perhaps enlightened by their sharing and comparing. We hope it inspires you to start conversations of your own.