IS everyone else on the video call younger and cooler than you? Did they not get your ‘computer says no’ gag? Hide your true age with these tips:
Always call from your bedroom
Using your high-ceilinged living room with framed pictures insensitively advertises that you own a house. The mark of a true Zoomer is living and working in one small Peckham bedroom. Get in the box room, sponge on some damp and you’re just like them.
When you were young you were always pissed, but not these kids. Rather than making you one of the gang, knocking back a few pints will age you instantly: young people don’t drink, unless from the unfeasibly large pastel water bottles that they carry everywhere.
Don’t share pre-2014 work anecdotes
Remember the sales manager who used to leer at the secretaries, and if you flashed him a bit of cleavage you could get the afternoon off? Never mention this: it will precede a horrified silence at the barbaric abuses of the past. The young cannot process the workplace as a location where you idly wondered which co-worker you would shag next.
Lead a political pressure group
Generation Z are all ridiculous overachievers, listing themselves of CEOs as non-profit groups with a social purpose and implying it’s society’s fault they’re not able to do it full-time. Meanwhile you like going to the cinema and socialising with friends. Not good enough.
Get the worst tattoo
You think your tattoo, a Chinese character on your thigh done in 1998 that you no longer remember the meaning of, is bad? Nah. Get a meme tattooed on your neck commemorating that time a YouTuber got their apology wrong. And act like that’s just fine.
Be on social media
You remember when Facebook launched and your boss called it ‘social notworking’. Not the young: they regard tweeting from the office as a basic human right. Enthusiastically join their conversations about their repressive, authoritarian workplace until you realise the person they’re calling #cornerseatStalin is you.