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50 Things Millennials Know That Gen-Xers Don’t

Apps, memes, micro-stars and more!

There’s already been a preponderance of scientific studies and general handwringing about Millennials, all attempting to piece together the puzzle of how this cohort feels about politics, sex, identity and more. Recently, we isolated some potential blind spots for twentysomethings in our 50 Things Millennials Don’t Know About list. Now, though, we’ve decided to focus on those artifacts that this still-unfolding generation knows better than any other. Does a list of emoji, dating apps, Disney Channel stars, and Tumblr favorites constitute a coherent cultural whole? Probably not. Is it a reasonable millennial mind-map? Sure!

Contributors: Hazel Cills, Maria Sherman, Monika Zaleska and Rolling Stone Staff

Lulu App

Lulu

The self-proclaimed "First-Ever App for Girls" (because all other apps are for boys?) lets users anonymously rate guys in your Facebook network. It's opt-out, so you can find almost any dude you know/dated/made out with and tag him #BigFeet or #OpensDoors. It also gives you a little quiz that lets you rate guys based on their humor, ambition, and, duh, looks. Flipping through Lulu reviews is kind of like one-sided speed dating. And it's funny until you realize, like, what if someone was writing anonymous reviews of me on the with hashtags like #NapoleonComplex or, gasp, #AlmostTooPerfect?

Big Wolf on Campus

‘Big Wolf on Campus’

Long before Twilight and the other hundred werewolf-filled TV shows and movies, there was ABC Family's Big Wolf on Campus. The sitcom followed high schooler/werewolf Tommy Dawkins (Brandon Quinn) and his goth friend Merton Dingle, who battled the supernatural creatures that had invaded their tiny town. Tommy's cheesy facial hair and a script littered with pop-culture references made this short-lived show an eternal favorite of the ten people who actually watched it. 

Stargirl

‘Stargirl’

Young Adult author Jerry Spinelli's Stargirl is one of the few YA novels to have stood the test of time, with its anti-bullying, nonconformist message consistently relevant. The story of an eccentric 10th grader nicknamed Stargirl taunted and shunned by her entire school for looking and acting differently went on to inspire real-life "Stargirl Societies."

Kony 2012

KONY 2012

In March of 2012, the organization Invisible Children released a video that called for the arrest of Ugandan thug Joseph Kony by the end of the year. The film, which focused on Kony's recruitment and abuse of child soldiers, went viral, leading to millions of reblogs and Facebook posts. But Invisible Children's slacktivist movement to hang up posters for an event called "Cover The Night" raised questions about its legitimacy. The campaign slumped after the organization's finances went public and it was alleged that very little of the cash was going to direct action. Oh, and then one of the founders of Invisible Children was busted for public drunkenness and masturbation. Yeah, great job catching Kony!

Snapchat

Like Mission Impossible's self-destructing messages, Snapchat photos disappear shortly after being sent. So you can snap and send without fear that your shots will get saved by the recipient. (Oh wait, except for screenshots.) But Snapchat isn't just about sexting. There's nothing quite like hanging out with other gen Y-ers while someone takes a selfie, adds a pink mustache via the draw tool, and sends it off to someone across the room. Did you open it yet? How about now? Now?!