What Does Millennial Pause Mean?

Millennial Pause means "Split-Second Pause at Beginning of Video to Ensure Camera is Recording."

The term "Millennial Pause" is used disparagingly by Gen Zers to refer to the split-second pause that Millennials leave at the beginning of a video on apps such as TikTok, to ensure the camera is recording, before they start to speak.

According to popular culture, Gen Zers are so confident in their use of technology that they don't need to leave a pause when they start to record a video. Gen Zers are now sneering at Millennials in the same way that Millennials have long sneered at Boomers.

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meaning of Millennial Pause

"Split-Second Pause at Beginning of Video to Ensure Camera is Recording"

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"Split-Second Pause at Beginning of Video to Ensure Camera is Recording" is the most common definition for Millennial Pause on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Millennial Pause
Definition:Split-Second Pause at Beginning of Video to Ensure Camera is Recording
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

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