With age comes wisdom, something that Boomers have in abundance. While there has been a lot of bashing of the still vibrant generation, there are many things everyone can agree with the Boomers that things have gone too far.
Touchscreens in Cars
Have you seen the latest cars with infotainment screens? These touchscreens add distractions, pulling our eyes off the road, in contrast to what all drivers were taught to do. These tech updates add significantly to the warranty cost that doesn’t cover software should something go wrong, as they always do.
Too Many Subscriptions
Do we really need all those subscriptions? We often share our personal information for many of these monthly dues out of curiosity, try them out, and forget about them. The charges accumulate quickly, and we are too slow to eliminate the unwanted ones. Some of our subscriptions are valuable, but who needs all of them? Not the Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and not Gen Z!
Owning Physical Media
Many prefer permanently owning their books, movies, music, and video games rather than paying for subscriptions that may not always have the same offerings. One complained that one of the streaming companies dropped some of the movies and TV shows she enjoyed, and they are now harder to find.
Bring Back Human Operators
Are you enjoying your customer service from automated operators or chatbots? They may save money for companies by answering your questions by repeating them over and over, but they can add frustration.
Loud Music In Bars and Retailers
One shared that music should enhance your experience, not drown out your hearing, making it virtually impossible to hear friends. It’s not just the bars and restaurants but also clothing stores where salespeople can’t listen to their customers. This is for boomers and everyone who values their time, hearing, and experiences. Turn the music down.
Fast fashion is in high demand from young people looking for affordable clothing that is copied from high fashion. They are mass-produced quickly and often poorly by companies selling them for lower prices without stress testing, using cheap synthetic fabrics that help to keep their costs down. Many commented online that fast fashion clothing is not made to last. They prefer quality and more environmentally friendly clothing, especially the Boomers and Millennials.
TV Shows Have Gotten Too Dark and Too Loud
Have you noticed that TV shows like The Mandalorian and Game of Thrones are darker these days? I’m not referring to emotional scripts. Instead, it relates to the significant camera and displays improvements that allow for highly dark scenes. Many are complaining about these visual changes, and it seems to be an agnostic complaint shared by all ages.
Besides the darkness, the background noises are louder than the dialogue, leading many people to use subtitles so they know what’s going on.
Too Many Apps
There is an app for everything in today’s society, and not all make things better. That is not just the Boomers’ opinion, but many online compared the ridiculous and sublime ways people are being pushed to download apps for kitchen appliances, making things more confusing.
One pointed to a well-known toothbrush brand with a smart series engineered to tell them if they satisfied the app by brushing 30 seconds per zone. Another downloaded an automatic litter box app that tells you when the cat has done its business, though the human nose is more effective.
Usernames and Passwords
Creating new accounts for all those subscriptions and apps comes with another frustration: usernames and passwords. Boomers and generations that preceded them never had to provide their personal information to set up many accounts requiring login information.
Initially, many people chose easy passwords they could remember, using names and birthdates of friends and family. Today, you must protect usernames and complex passwords with differentiated characters that are too long to memorize. A password manager may help, but that means another app.
Take A Break From Your Smartphones
Ever try to cross a crowded street and bump into people looking at their phones rather than at people around them? It’s clumsy, unsafe, and an example of people so self-absorbed that they lack awareness of their surroundings. It’s not just on streets but also at red lights that turn green, in restaurants when eating with others, and even in public bathrooms where they loudly talk, turning on their speaker.
We can all agree that some people need phone etiquette.
Stop Posting Everything On Social Media
Although 94% of people surveyed say they consider carefully what they post online, many detail their experiences no matter how inconsequential it may seem at the moment. While taking selfies, photos of your food and who you’re with may be expressions of yourself, posting on social media may too much information, inviting unwelcome attention. Be thoughtful of your privacy and those who show up on your feed.
Tipping Gone Too Far
Is the tipping culture out of control? Many people believe so. The age-old practice is to tip people generously who have served you well in a capacity where they depend on it for their livelihood. However, there are growing expectations for tips when you’re getting things in self-service mode, online orders that you pick up, or drive-thrus. Tip jars may be easier to ignore, but avoiding bills that provide a space for gratuities is hard. Overtipping could hurt those who most deserve it.
Treat Their Dogs Like Children
Do people go too far with their pets? By providing their dogs with spa treatments and feeding human food, many people believe there is too much coddling of their pets rather than training them properly. One person said, “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.”
These days many things we buy don’t last long, ranging from kitchen appliances, smartphones, TVs, or medical equipment. It may necessarily mean that the product didn’t last. Instead, companies plan their obsolescence by not supporting older models so they can introduce a new model for us to purchase.
Besides spending extra money, it is not suitable for the environment, which favors sustainability. A nurse shared her experience with medical equipment becoming obsolete because manufacturers discontinued a particular IV line, switching to a cheaper compatible line that also doesn’t work.
11 Most Common Regrets People Make In Their Lives And Can Release For More Fulfillment
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Have you ever made a decision that you later regretted? You’re not alone. Most people are familiar with the discomfort of going down the wrong path. Some mistakes are small and not worthy of second thoughts. However, common regrets concerning relationships, family, health, and careers, may linger for years or potentially on your deathbed.
18 Everyday Things From the 90s That Are Now Luxuries
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Had we only known that everyday things we were accustomed to daily might disappear or become a luxury, would we appreciate them that much more? With the advent of technology, we carry computers in our pockets, access a lifetime of entertainment, music. sports, and video games, and shop without leaving our couch while communicating with friends and family anywhere in the world.
These astronomical advances are a giant leap from before the Internet, but many things that were part of everyday life are now considered a luxury. On an online forum, people shared what they miss most today that was typical in the 1990s.
10 Destinations That Have Been Ruined By Rich People
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As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, the influence of wealth and privilege can be seen in all corners of the globe. While the economic benefits of tourism and investment are undeniable, some destinations have undergone significant transformations at the hands of the wealthy and affluent. Once cherished for authenticity, these places have been molded into exclusive playgrounds for the wealthy elite.
10 Fashion Trends From the 90s People Are Still Obsessed With
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The 90s was a decade of fashion that continues to inspire and influence today’s fashion scene. From grunge to minimalism, the 90s had a little bit of everything, making it a fashion-forward decade that still resonates with fashion enthusiasts. Some of the most iconic fashion trends emerged during this era, and it’s no surprise that they continue to be relevant in the current fashion world.
10 Outdated Things Boomers Always Keep in Their House and Use
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As time passes and technology advances, certain generations hold on to the familiar relics of the past. One such generation is the Baby Boomers, who often have a penchant for keeping and using outdated items in their homes. From landline phones to fax machines, vinyl records to VHS tapes, Boomers embrace these relics as a reminder of simpler times and a nod to their personal preferences.
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