It’s common for generations to clash over their opinions. That has certainly been the case between boomers and millennials. In an online forum, commenters discussed things they think boomers need to stop clinging to. Here are 12 things millennials wish would go away.
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Working Too Much
Americans love to pride themselves on hard work. But, isn’t it enough already? One Redditor says, “Working overtime without pay or better yet: working overtime at all. Work-life-balance is way too important.”
Amen! Working yourself into the ground simply isn’t worth it.
Tired of the highly-politicized cable news? So is one other person, they say “Cable ‘news’. The average age of MSNBC viewer: 67. Average age of CNN viewer: 70. Average age of Fox viewer: 72. I like where this is going. Millennials are cutting the cord and looking at independent news outlets in large numbers.”
Millennials, by and large, are done with the scream fests on cable news and wish they’d die already.
Technology has made it so that you don’t often need to physically need to sign something. However, there are some instances or companies that force it to stick around.
Many commenters feel this needs to go away. One person explains their approach, saying “Signatures actually mattering needs to stop. For instance whenever I do an electronic signature it’s lucky to even have a few legible letters.”
I’m pretty much the same way.
One online user says the ‘useless junk’ industry needs to go. “Maybe it’s because I live in a city with insane rents, but most people my age don’t have a lot of useless junk the way our parents did.
“No one wants wedding china, napkin rigs or random collectibles (My Gran used to have like 100 hand bells for example). We don’t have room!”
Ouch. Poor Gran and her wedding bells.
Business Attire at Work
Boomer bosses love to expect you to show up wearing business casual, at the least. Enough already says one person, “Work dress codes in general… more and more places allowing you to wear whatever you want so long as you’re covering up your adult bits and there aren’t any offensive phrases printed on it.”
If you’re not performing in-person work with clients, does it really matter what you wear?
Are we still living in the 19th century? Reports indicate one in three households still have landlines. One Redditor screams enough already, “Landlines…I don’t get why people still have landlines when they have a phone that people can reach them anywhere. If you’re in your own house, you can pull it out of your pocket instead of getting up and running to get it.”
Save yourself some money and say buh-bye to the landline.
Fax machines, really? What’s next, carrier pigeon? There are still tens of millions of fax machines in use today.
Sure, they might be necessary in some situations, but they need to go cease in existence.
Cable TV as a Whole
Who loves paying $200 a month for a bunch of channels you don’t watch? Certainly not millennials. One Redditor says, “Cable thank god. What a stupid business model, “Hey, pay us to watch all these ads, also there’s a couple clips of shows you like sprinkled here and there, but it’s really the ads you should care about.”
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of cable alternatives. Find one you like and let cable die already.
Single Use Plastics
Single use plastics are horribly wasteful. One person says, “You know what I’d like to see next? Balloons. You know they’re all just ending up in the ocean so little Susie can have balloons at her birthday party.”
Just because Boomers may not be around to see the ruinous effects of waste will have on our world doesn’t mean you have to not care.
When was the last time you truly enjoyed a meal at a major chain restaurant? Right, I can’t either. One Redditor says, “Chain restaurants like Chili’s and Applebee’s, they’re absolutely trash, but Fridays can stay, they’re good for cheap outings with friends.”
Opt for the locally-owned restaurant that cooks actual food instead of a $20 all you can eat-athon at your local Chilis.
The Diamond Industry
What says I love you more than saddling you and your future spouse with thousands of dollars of debt? If that’s your desire, then boomers love to cling to the idea that a diamond ring is the only way to go.
One person explains the ignorance of this, saying “I discussed this with my parents. I told them I thought diamonds were stupid, and they looked at me like I was being an antisocial nonconformist. ‘You have to get a diamond’, they said. But wouldn’t a down payment on a home be more useful, I asked.
At this point it basically boils down to my tradition!”
With the average diamond ring costing $6,000, and many spending over $10,000, this is an expensive boomer tradition that needs to go away.
Loyalty to Employers
Boomers love to promote loyalty to employers. Working for the same employer for four decades and having a retirement party complete with a gold watch is no longer a thing. One Redditor says, “Loyalty to employers. Companies have shown that they won’t bat an eye when firing people, why should employees stay loyal when a better opportunity shows up? Have a problem with it then pay and treat your employees better.”
Give your current employer a hard days work. No more, no less. However, millennials want to look out for themselves just like many corporations do. If they can do it, why can’t we?
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This thread inspired this article.
I’m John Schmoll, a former stockbroker, MBA-grad, published finance writer, and founder of Frugal Rules.
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