Every generation has its differences and its conflicts. There has been a lot of talk about what Boomers and Gen X, Millenials, or Gen Z DON’T Agree on, but there are a lot of things that THEY do agree on!
I’m With the Boomers on This One
While the cultural divide between Boomers, Millennials, and Gen-Z might be vast, some things make you say, “Hey! I’m with the boomers on this one!” Even if you are someone who understands all the Gen-Z Trends that everyone else can’t understand, you might agree with some of the Boomer’s takes on life.
Someone posted on Reddit, “Reddit, what’s your most “I’m with the Boomers on this” opinion?” and the answers started flowing in! Here are some of the most-upvoted responses. Do you agree with any of them?
1. We Don’t Need Screens in Cars
A Redditor said, “Touchscreens in cars are a fundamentally bad idea & physical buttons (or similar controls) need to be brought back.
Distracted driving is at an all-time high. Touchscreen controls literally require you to take your eyes off the road and can create a longer time of inattention due to their complexity.
I have an old-ass car with physical controls. I can do dang near anything (radio, climate control, etc.) without taking my eyes off the road and in much less time.”
Do you hate touchscreens in cars and find them superfluous and overwhelming? Well, you are not the only one! An astounding amount of people agree with this “Boomer Take.”
2. People Need To Train Their Dogs Better
One person wrote, “Most people don’t train their dogs well enough because they treat them like children, then they can’t handle them when they’re reactive and put people and other dogs in danger.”
Do you think people spoil their dogs and treat them like children? This can cause dogs to become dangerous to others. A lot of people agreed that dog owners should train their dogs better.
3. Too Many Subscriptions
One person went off on subscriptions, “Every d*** thing is a subscription. Music? Subscription. Movies? Subscription. TV shows? Subscription. Heat your a*** while you’re driving? Subscription. REALLY? Oh, sorry—I’m a boomer. I’ll leave now.”
This one struck a cord! It is so frustrating to have to subscribe to everything instead of being able to pay a one-time fee and have it forever! It also makes it hard to budget and afford the things you want. Instead of saving up for an item and having it forever, you need to make sure you can afford it for the rest of your life.
4. Real Human Operators
“I want a human customer service operator, not an automated operator or chatbot,” someone said.
The robots may be coming for humans, but they are not here yet, and human beings are much better at getting things done than automated menus or chatbots. It’s frustrating when you need customer service but can only get it through an automated system.
5. Asking For Personal Info
“No, you don’t need my phone number or email. Just let me buy my shirt and get the f*** out of the store,” one person wrote.
Why does every store insist on getting your email and phone number? I don’t want you to call or email me! Just take my money and let me leave!
6. Owning Physical Media Is Better
“Physical media: owning books, movies, and music, is far superior to a subscription service or digital content,” said one person.
While I love my Kindle, there is nothing compared to owning and having your own physical copies of the items you love. I would also much rather get a book from the library than read it online. I love books and music and think there is a lot of value in owning your own stuff.
7. No Need for Apps
One person listed the things that shouldn’t require an app download: “Certain things shouldn’t require you to download an app and/or create a whole account, including:
- Ordering food in a restaurant
- Paying for parking
- Buying something online
- Sending a parcel.”
I agree with this one 100%! I don’t want or need to download an app to do a simple transaction that I may or may not do again. Just keep it simple and let me do it online without creating a whole account or taking space on my phone!
8. The Music Is Too Loud
One person thinks the live music is too loud, “Music in bars is too loud. (Edit to add that I’ve been a touring musician and live sound technician. I love music, but it actually sounds better at lower volumes, and I want to be able to hear it into my old age).”
I want to be able to talk to my friends without screaming away, and I don’t want to leave with my ears ringing. Can we lower the volume, please?
9. Fast Fashion Is Bad
“Screw fast fashion; my clothes should be made to last,” someone said, “I’m not rich, so it’s unavoidable, but I’m willing to spend extra on clothes that aren’t made of plastic, and I do my best to repair my damaged clothing instead of throwing it out.”
This is a real struggle because fast fashion has a lot of problems, and the stuff is cheap. However, when you are poor, you often can’t choose to buy more expensive things, and you end up buying cheap stuff even if it won’t last you as long.
10. TV Is Too Dark
Can’t see the TV screen? You’re not the only one. Someone wrote, “TV is getting too dark. Not emotionally – it is visually too dark, and I can’t see it.”
This complaint comes up a lot, and it’s not only the boomers who can’t see the TV. What is with the dark lighting on all these shows? Some people stop watching certain TV shows because the lighting is so frustrating!
11. Too Many Things Are Too Much
One person wrote, ” There is an old acronym K.I.S.S.
Keep It Simple Stupid.
Just because you can make something super flashy/complicated/intriguing or otherwise impressive doesn’t mean you should.
This goes from everything from cars to computer software to movies and film.
Trying too hard to make something impressive only leaves you with something that may look pretty but doesn’t have proper support.”
It seems like so many people are making new things and coming up with new ideas that are just old ideas and things that are just more complicated and confusing. Why can’t we keep it simple?
12. Not Everything Needs the Internet
Why is everything “smart”!?!?
One person wrote, “Not everything needs to connect to the internet or have an app attached to it. I just want my fridge to keep s*** cold, I don’t understand why we have to bring WiFi into this situation.”
Why is everything connected to the internet? As we said before, maybe let’s keep it simple! Maybe that’s why my mother-in-law’s washing machine from the 1980s still works, and my brand-new one keeps on glitching and resetting.
13. Where Are All the Plugs?
Someone wrote, “Sometimes it’s faster (and easier) to just plug something in, instead of dealing with Bluetooth connectivity. There’s something nice about knowing how to get it connected and being able to physically connect/disconnect.”
Not to mention that if something gets messed up or your WiFi or Bluetooth is down, being able to plug it in makes it so much easier!
14. We Don’t Need Touchscreens
To continue in the same vein, why is everything so complicated?!?!
Someone commented, “Basic home appliances (fridge, washer/dryer, etc) do NOT need a touch screen.”
I agree that it just makes things more complicated, dirty, and harder to manage.
15. Tipping Is Ridiculous
Someone wrote, “tipping has gotten out of control- coming from someone who relies on tips for income. it hurts people who actually should be getting them because now people are extremely agitated about any and all tipping. i was just at a music festival, and the guy who exchanges your cash for drink tickets (not even the person who pours the beverage) had an iPad with tip options starting at 18%.”
We need to start paying workers a living wage instead of relying on everyone tipping everyone and everything.
16. Get Off Your Phone
This is a really boomer-ish idea, but I think they may be right!
Someone posted, “If you’re walking on a crowded sidewalk, get off your f***** phone. It’s not the job of other pedestrians to avoid you while you make your vlog. Awareness of your surroundings is important.”
17. We Want Headphones
This was simple and to the point. One person wrote, “GIVE ME BACK MY HEADPHONE JACK. ” Why did we get rid of those in the first place?
18. Be Respectful in Public Places
Someone wrote, “When you’re in a public place, you should respect others around you but not being disruptive with your behavior. For example, not playing music on your phone without headphones while on a bus, in a restaurant, etc.”
No one wants to hear your music or watch your movie. Get some headphones (without or without headphone jacks) and keep your interests to yourself.
19. Lower the Lights
One person thinks the new headlights are too bright. They wrote, “Standard headlights on new automobiles are too bright. Literally being blinded by every other car DURING THE DAYTIME, wondering if their brights are on.”
It’s so dangerous!
20. Things Don’t Last Anymore
“Things aren’t made like they used to be. Everything you buy now is so cheaply manufactured. Even high-end furniture uses cheap particle board and c**** joinery. We bought a pretty high-end couch a few years back, and it’s barely holding together,” wrote one person.
This is true. Everything seems to fall apart so soon, and nothing is made well anymore.
21. Social Media Is Bad for You
“Social media is poison (He says on Reddit),” someone posted, slightly ironically. While we fully appreciate the irony and hypocrisy (aren’t we all guilty of this?), I think many people understand and agree that social media can be a dangerous, dangerous thing, especially for younger people.
22. Kids Should Be Outside
You might sound like a cranky old boomer when you say kids should get off their screens and get outside but are they wrong? Well, studies say they are not wrong, and kids should be playing outside more.
One person said,” Make your kids go outside and play. They need hours of play time in fresh air and socializing. Stop keeping them cooped up on computer games.
I had to teach my 11 and 12 year old nephews how to ride bikes last summer because they never learned how. They were never outside long enough. Their parents still don’t let them go outside.”
23. You Don’t Need to Film Everything
What is with the younger generation filming everything and posting it online?
One person wrote, “I don’t really know if this is a boomer opinion per se but you don’t need to document everything thing you do and post it to your social media. Sometimes it’s better to just live in the moment and enjoy what’s happening around you.”
24. Cookbooks Are Better
One person wrote, “Googling recipes while cooking and having to read everyone’s life story and family history to get to the ingredients drives me batshit insane.
I’ve gone back to cookbooks.”
I love my cookbooks and have quite a collection, but I still search for recipes online. It is very annoying, but I also remind myself that this is how food content creators make money, so they can keep giving us yummy recipes!
25. Pick up the Phone
A Millennial posted, “Millennial. I agree that sometimes at work, you need to pick up the phone because it’s easier than sending text messages back and forth.”
Most younger people hate picking up the phone, but sometimes it really is the best way to get something done and the best way to communicate. Texting can cause a lot of miscommunication that would be all cleared up with a simple phone call.
26. Don’t Be On Your Phone When You’re With Friends
After you pick up the phone, it’s time to put it down!
One Redditor shared, “You should really put your phone down when you’re out to eat with people. Maybe it’s because I grew up with that rule, but I know when I’m getting lunch with a friend or something, I find it incredibly irritating when they’re on their phone.”
27. No Tech for Kids
Do you let your kids have access to tech? One person thinks you shouldn’t. They said, “Kids shouldn’t touch any electronic devices until a certain age. I work in tech, but if I ever have kids, I will still enforce this rule. It makes me sad to see 1 year old babies glued to phones.”
There are so many other ways to entertain babies properly. Use sensory toys or Montessori toys to keep them engaged instead.
28. No More Lattes
This one is pretty controversial, but they have an excellent point! One person said, “Dropping $7 on a cup of coffee daily IS a huge waste of money”. Another added, “Coffee drinkers are making my past cigarette habit look almost fiscally reasonable.”
Of course, it’s all about moderation. There are some habits that add up and end up being a lot of money over time. These things can be a problem if you try to live frugally.
29. Family Dinner Is Important
Is there anything more important than family time?
“Family dinners with everyone sitting down, eating and talking, no tv and no phones are essential,” said one person.
30. Maybe Don’t Say It?
“Just because you CAN say something, doesn’t mean you SHOULD. Think twice, speak once. I’m only 28, raised by my father, who was 39 years older than me. Just seems like people pop off at the mouth way faster than in previous generations, ” one person wrote.
Think before you speak. Don’t say everything just because you can.
I hope you enjoyed this Reddit list of boomer opinions that other generations agree with! Do you agree with these takes? Are you a boomer at heart? If yes, you may also be confused by these dark Gen-Z Trends that have us shaking our heads.
This post originally appeared on A Dime Saved.
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