Being cool in your 20s is not very hard. That is because us 20-somethings are cool for the pure fact that we are in our 20s. Your 20s are a period of 10 years where you can be independent, dependent, mature, and immature at the same time. We’re old enough to party and young enough to party. People younger than 20 want to be us… and people older than 30 want to be us… But we’re not all the same. At least not to each other. So what makes 20-somethings cool to other 20-somethings? We’ve devised a list for you here. So, like, are you cool?
1. Drinking wine — at the bar.
Waltzing around a bar or club with a glass of Pinot in your hand makes you look like a mature disaster. You’re showing you’re still a fucking blast (you’re drunk and out), but you’ve also grown out of vodka (for the moment) and grown into wine. It shows men that you CAN be a mom (moms <3 wine) despite the arms you’re flailing around and the obscure shit coming out of your mouth. A wine glass in hand while out shows that you will probably one day have it all together, just not yet.
2. Reading BuzzFeed. Oh you read BuzzFeed?
You’re like sooooo cultured. A recent study came out that 20-somethings are more likely to NOT follow the news. But did they factor BuzzFeed into that? Because we love that shit. What a fantastic idea to mix hard news with 90s nostalgia articles and posts making fun of Miley Cyrus! That’s the only way you’re going to keep us cultured. Also, BuzzFeed is uniting people. I’ve never seen so many people come together on Facebook laughing and conversing through a shared link’s comment section. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, clearly you’re not a very cool 20-something.
3. Watching Netflix original TV shows.
Netflix is not totally mainstream (yet), therefore giving it hipster status. But like a good hipster status. If you can get into Netflix shows it means you have money (to afford Netflix) or friends to steal Netflix account passwords from, you’re smart (you can understand a good intellectual show), and you have a good sense of humor (intellectual humor). Like, I have 5 words for you: Orange is the New Black. If you watch this show you are in a club of very special people. If you don’t, sorry. I mean, Netflix even picked up the cult show Arrested Development for a 4th season. Even though it kind of sucked, they know what’s up. Netflix is cool. And people who watch their original series are too.
4. Staying in once in a while.
Obv staying in on a regular basis isn’t cool. But once every other month — that’s pretty cool. First of all, it’s mysterious. Like, why now? It’s kind of like when Regina George got fat and Cady became the new queen bee and told her ‘friends’ she was staying in — or going to some weird concert with her parents (same thing… not drinking = staying in) — and they were all like ummm, what are we supposed to do? Staying in out of no where makes those around you kind of jealous that they can’t shake their FOMO and makes them wonder why they can’t grow up and stay away. Your absence may also make people realize you’re actually fun and show them why you SHOULD be around. You gotta let people miss you every now and then, right?
5. Listening to EDM.
What is it about this music that makes a neon-clad 20-something cool? Is it because college students are basking in this ritual so it makes a post-grad seem like they still got it? Is it because it shows that he or she likes to RAGE? Is it because it makes a 20-something mysterious — like do they do that trendy drug ‘Molly’ or do they just like FUN? Hmm, I honestly have no fucking idea. Then, you have dubstep… which makes you slightly more cool if you listen to it. Remember when old people called the rap music we were listening to in high school “noise?” Well, that wasn’t noise. This is noise. Like, it’s actually noise. Does it make me old for thinking that? Because I’m not even against dubstep. I am open to some dubstep songs. It is just actually legitimate noise. But anyway, EDM in general comes with wearing neon, crop tops, fanny packs, headbands, and those oversized tanks… so you gotta love it. It’s cool.