Even though it first aired when I was a mere toddler, I'd say that, for the most part, Friends transcends generational boundaries. My Netflix binging these last couple months has made me realize that the awkwardness and confusion of your 20's looks pretty similar regardless of the decade.
However, over at Nerdist they noticed one big difference: cell phones. Ben Mekler and Andrew Bowser, with the revamped version of The Remembrandts' recognizable ditty by Freddy Scott, adjusted the classic opening of Friends to better represent what a group of six friends would look like today. It's funny, it's sad, and damn it, it's pretty accurate.
This clearly is exaggerated for satirical reasons, but that doesn't make it wrong. I'm a millennial and I'm absolutely glued to my phone. It's bad. Here are the rules of being an overly-hip millennial, by a millennial, for millennials.
Step 1: Stare at your phone
"So no one told you life was gonna be this way"
Step 2: Don't make eye contact
"Your Tinder profile sucks and you spilled your almond milk latte"
Step 3: Try to only text each other, even if you're in close enough proximity to speak to one another
"Seems like everyone's growing out their beard"
Step 4: Seriously, don't make eye contact
"And your roommate's going vegan while you're drinking gluten-free beer"
Step 5: Go watch your friend DJ at a club, but don't actually watch him. Snapchat his performance though
"I'll be there for you, if you shoot me a text first"
Step 6: Instagram whatever you're eating/drinking
"I'll be there for you, taking phone calls is the worst"
Step 7: But first, let me take a selfie
"I'll be there for you, but my battery's really low."
Step 8: Lather, rinse, repeat
Don't get me wrong, I love hanging out with my friends and actually looking at and speaking to their beautiful faces, but I'm also embarrassed to say that this isn't atypical for my generation.
That being said, we can also make the argument that having cell phones and the accessibility they add to life, drastically improves some friendships and our ability to maintain them! Heck, even my friends that live across the world are just a quick message away.
This isn't the first or last time that this "they're addicted to their phones!" shot will be taken at us, so at least we can all have a good laugh about it!
I applaud those of you who aren't as attached to your mobile phone as these people (jokingly) are. While Nerdist's "Friends Rebooted" might not be the most interesting show on TV, it's still better than Jersey Shore.