Each generation is shaped by the unique times and technologies in which they grow up, these experiences leave a lasting impact on their values, attitudes, and behaviors. For example, the Silent Generation was born during the Great Depression and World War II, which instilled a sense of resilience and self-reliance. The Baby Boomers grew up in a time of economic prosperity and social change, which made them more open-minded and optimistic. Gen X grew up during the Cold War and the rise of technology, which gave them a sense of independence and pragmatism. Millennials grew up in the age of the internet and social media, which has made them more interconnected and collaborative. Gen Z is growing up in a time of rapid technological change and global uncertainty, which has made them more adaptable and resourceful
A user asked the forum, “What are things that will ‘die out’ or become significantly less popular when the baby boomer generation is no longer around?” Here are the best responses.
“Hopefully, it’ll become unprofitable to make spam calls once there aren’t enough people willing to answer random numbers.”
“I’m Gen X and was strongly encouraged by my family to put China on my wedding registry long ago. I resorted my China to make room for my liquor now that my son is of age.
Now I have a China and Liquor Cabinet. The Chinaware never gets used. Can’t say the same for the liquor.”
NOT ALLOWING CASHIERS TO SIT
“I worked as a bank teller many years ago. We weren’t allowed to sit. My feet were killing me at the end of the day. I’d rather be outside on my feet working all day than standing in the same 3×3 spot for 8 hours. That is hell on your feet.”
“Smoking has gone way down in the past 30 years, and I don’t see how it will pick up.”
“Silverplated trays, coffee sets, or silverware. No one wants to polish that stuff every couple of months.”
CABLE TV AND LANDLINE PHONE
“Cable costs are skyrocketing. $87 a month is the U.S. average, with only being able to watch what’s live and still watching ads.
My dad just cut off our cable company’s cheapest bundle because it rose to $160 for cable alone, despite us also bundling the phone and internet with them. The advertised prices are before fees which roughly double the cost.”
WRITING A CHECK
“Writing a check in the grocery store or writing checks, period! I can’t believe in my town; we must pay our property taxes by check because of the dinosaur who works there and the mayor, who is also a boomer.”
“The expectations of hands-on personal service, like it’s the 70s, will be replaced by more self-serve no contact options. No call centers, but online chat and email and online tutorials.”
SUITS IN THE WORKPLACE
“Suits have already become a thing of the past at many workstations, and the workstations that still mandate them, such as finance, will abolish suits once the baby boomers have gone.”
THE CARD GAME BRIDGE
“When I saw the rule book is as large as a dictionary, I thought, ‘nope, never learning this game.’ I don’t know anyone under the age of 60 that knows how to play, and I am 46.”
RANDOM PHONE CALLS TO CHECK IN ON PEOPLE
“It’s too intimate for the texting generation, which is weird. I’m guilty of it too, but I realize how silly it is.”
“I know very few who iron unless it’s for an important event.”
“My generation, the late 1980s, won’t have pensions. Our boomer parents had pensions to rely on. Thinking I’ll have a pension when I retire is completely foreign. Companies aren’t offering pensions anymore from my generation.”
FAMILY PRESSURE TO HAVE CHILDREN
“Among the millennial generation, deciding not to is becoming increasingly common. The main source of pressure comes from the generations before us acting like they’re entitled to become grandparents, and so if we decide against reproducing, we’re somehow robbing them of something.”
“I work in a hotel, and we stopped ordering newspapers. But people ask for them all the time. But only men over 60.”
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