Boomers have brought about several norms and values that impact us today. However, not all ideas are meant to be carried forward as time progresses. Here are twelve boomer trends that younger generations are not keen on embracing.
1. Texting Troubles
Unsurprisingly, most boomers prefer calling over texts since that is the mode of communication they were most exposed to. However, newer generations have been brought up in an era where chatting is the go-to way of digital communication and is often seen as effective as in-person interactions, if not better.
2. Judgment Calls
Younger generations want to get rid of a judgmental mentality. Everyone is entitled to make their own decisions, so it is essential to tone down the criticism. We are moving towards an era of acceptance and understanding where difference isn’t demonized.
3. Technology Turmoil
Many boomers stick to their early ways and find it challenging to learn more. While the rapid tech advancements may be overwhelming, resisting learning new technology as time passes can make one lose opportunities. Regardless of age, staying up-to-date on the latest technology trends is essential.
4. The Loss of Self
It is commendable how boomers work actively on building a community life and always prioritize group needs. However, conformity to such social norms can often lead to a lack of individuality. In an attempt at social cohesion, the newer generations feel that boomers let go of their self-expression, an equally valuable asset.
5. Surprise Visits
While these visits may be well-meaning, their unexpected nature is often intrusive for many. Younger generations believe that checking in with someone before showing up at their doorstep is vital, as it shows respect for other people’s time and space.
6. “The Customer Is Always Right”
This mentally has plagued the market for longer than necessary. Boomers are known to have furthered this excuse, letting customers treat service workers horribly. It’s time to do away with the “Karens” and remember that even customers are prone to error. Being a customer is a privilege and not a pass to treat others with disrespect.
7. Lawn Lovers
Most of us know of the implicit neighborhood lawn competition where many dads wish to win the unspoken, unseen award for the best lawn ever. However, newer generations may find this a waste of time and resources. If going green is what one cares about, there are more significant eco-friendly initiatives one can take than just tending a lawn.
8. “You’re Too Young to Understand”
Many boomers are prone to exuding this self-inflated notion where the experiences of younger generations are downplayed. While boomers may be an expert in the times they lived in, millennials and Gen Z have grown up in an age of unlimited access to information and technology, challenging the idea of knowledge being confined to a certain age.
9. Party Politics
Gone are the days when one would support a candidate just because of their affiliated party. Researching and learning about the manifestos is important before aligning yourself with a specific political position. Times are changing, and meaningful political participation is more critical than ever.
10. The Gender Gap
Fortunately, gender-centric wage gap practices are being actively challenged as times change. As openness towards people of all backgrounds increases, the narrative of fair treatment in workplaces is becoming commonplace. It’s time to end gender inequality once and for all.
11. The Workhorse Way of Thinking
The nine-to-five lifestyle is not for everyone. While laborious office jobs were the norm for boomers, younger generations are open to more flexible career pathways not bound by time and space constraints. Putting in hours does not mean there will be better results and productivity. Such poor work-life balance can often hinder innovation.
12. Prejudice Problems
The tendency for covert and overt racism in previous decades is under severe scrutiny. Newer generations embrace values of tolerance where discriminating over attributes such as race, gender, ethnicity, and social class is unacceptable.
Saad Muzaffar is an entertainment, lifestyle, and gaming writer at Wealth of Geeks. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science focusing on Cyber Security and Data Science with an accompanying Minor in Political Science. When not writing, Saad enjoys playing the latest exclusive on his PS5 while trying to maintain his authority as the best Smash player in his group of friends. Community work is his passion, and he tries to help out whoever he can to the best of his abilities. He has one cat, Riki, and loves discussing his latest scratches. At WealthOfGeeks, Saad writes contributing lists focusing on entertainment, lifestyle, and politics.