We all have our pet hates, but when it comes to older people, they can hate things that younger generations don’t care about. We take a look at 20 of those things.
Older people often complain about how they don’t understand texting or how it’s a waste of time. For young people, it is rare that they communicate without texting, and the thought of speaking on the phone is alien to them.
Older people often say that social media is a distraction or that it’s not as good as traditional forms of communication. Younger people don’t understand how older generations are so down on social media as they get so much out of it.
Older people often have difficulty keeping up with new technology and may be hesitant to adopt it. On the other hand, younger people cannot get enough of technology and often say they couldn’t live without it.
Older people often complain about how loud music is nowadays and how it’s hard to hear. Loud music for most young people is the norm, so they cannot understand why older people complain.
Older people often prefer to avoid crowds, especially in noisy places. Crowds and lines are expected for younger people as they are used to being in larger schools and community spaces, such as concert venues.
Older people often complain about slow drivers, especially when they’re in a hurry. It is true that some younger people hate waiting in traffic jams, but they tend to have more patience and don’t blame other road users.
People Who Don’t Say “Please” and “Thank You”
Older people often value manners and expect people to be polite. Good manners appear to be in decline, which is why young people are not as fussed when they are not thanked for things.
People Who Don’t Hold the Door Open
Older adults often appreciate it when people hold the door open for them, especially if they’re carrying something.
People Who Don’t Let Them off the Bus or Train First
Older people often have difficulty getting on and off public transportation, so they appreciate it when people let them go first.
People Who Don’t Give Them Their Seat on the Bus or Train
Older people often have difficulty standing for long periods of time, so they appreciate it when people offer them their seats. Younger people simply stand up and get on with it.
People Who Talk Over Them
Older people often have difficulty hearing, so they appreciate it when people don’t talk over them. Young people can be loud and are used to creating more noise, so they cannot understand older people’s sensitivity.
People Who Interrupt Them
Older people often have a lot of stories and experiences to share, so they appreciate it when people don’t interrupt them.
People Who Don’t Listen to Them
Older people often feel like they’re not being heard, so they appreciate it when people take the time to listen to them.
People Who Don’t Respect Their Opinions
Older people have much life experience and knowledge, so they appreciate it when people respect their opinions. Younger generations appear more forthright in their opinions and are not necessarily bothered by those with differing opinions.
People Who Don’t Treat Them With Dignity
Older people deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, just like everyone else. Some younger people challenge this and say that respect should be earned. Younger people who face problems being treated nicely are more likely to shrug it off and move on to making new friends.
Age jokes can be offensive to older people, especially if they’re made in a mean-spirited way. Younger people are likelier to see jokes as banter and not mean actual harm.
Older people are often stereotyped as being forgetful, slow, and out of touch. These stereotypes can be hurtful and inaccurate. Young people, of course, do get stereotypes and can be discriminated against, but they tend to shrug things off more easily.
Older people are often overlooked or ignored. This can be isolating and frustrating. Younger people may not care that older people are not the center of attention anymore and can take the stance that “we all have it bad sometimes.”
Being Discriminated Against
Older people often face discrimination in the workplace, healthcare system, and other areas of life. This discrimination can be unfair and harmful. Younger people are more likely to call things out, so the discrimination stops.
Many older people are lonely, especially if they’ve lost loved ones or have limited mobility. Loneliness can have a negative impact on physical and mental health. While it is true that some younger people don’t like being lonely, they can often find stimulus online, which is not always possible for older generations.
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