8 Crazy Things Seniors Hate. Are You One of Them?

Some youngsters say there are a couple of things seniors hate. Is that true?

If you have teenage grandchildren, you know what I’m talking about. They have their own language, which I just can’t understand, with words that have different meanings than the ones we know and brand-new slang. Not to mention, they all tend to dress in the same way because they all follow fashion trends, and their hair looks like a parrot’s plumage.

I don’t lie when I say that I find them cooler, more informed, and more daring than people from my generation, but my beloved grandkids keep thinking I lie and I don’t understand them.

People indeed change, and each generation has its own special things, but I wanted to know more, so I talked to my grandchildren and their friends for a couple of hours, and they all told me that they feel like we, the baby boomers, don’t like the same things they do. Is that true? Let’s find out together! Without further ado, here are all the things seniors hate (according to Gen Z).

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1. Endless selfies

Many Gen Zers say that one of the things seniors hate is taking too many selfies. The selfie phenomenon has swept the entire world, especially the young generations who quickly snap a photo to share with their online friends or social media audience.

Many of the youngsters I’ve talked to told me that their grandparents constantly complain that they take too many selfies. I’m curious to know what your thoughts are on this one. After all, I enjoy being a part of my grandchildren’s selfies because I seem like the cool grandma, and I love it.

2. Instant digital gratification

Instant gratification is considered one of the things seniors hate, and while I don’t know what your thoughts are, I, for one, agree with this. I want my grandchildren to be happy and to have faith in themselves for who they are and what they can do, not be confident because they align with society’s standards or because they fit in on social media platforms.

I think that on-the-spot gratification is only a hallmark of this sometimes weird and modern digital society we’re all (more or less) part of, and it promotes anxiety and lack of confidence. Don’t get me wrong, I love it too when my Facebook posts gather likes or comments, but I prefer my grandchildren to not follow others’ opinions instead of what’s in their hearts. Call me weird, but I want to know what you think. Am I the only old-fashioned one here?

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3. Modern music

Another one of the things seniors hate is modern music. The teenagers I’ve talked to told me that they’ve heard many baby boomers complaining about how today’s music is all about intimacy, being rich without too much work, and being cooler than those around you. If I may add to this statement, I’d say that many songs don’t even have that many words. And if they do, they tend to repeat over and over again.

Of course, there are lots of songs that make me get up and dance (Beyonce, honey, I love you), but for the most part, I’m one of those people who can’t understand today’s music and words. It’s too much for me, and I don’t find it appropriate for young people. I’m all about empowerment, equality, happiness, and freedom, but in some cases, too much is too much.

4. Tattoos

Tattoos are considered one of the things seniors hate. Do you agree? Younger generations consider body painting as personal expression and individuality, but many believe older people will associate it with poor life choices, deviance, and even criminality. What side are you on?

Even though it’s been many years since I was a young lady, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and get a butterfly tattoo on my left wrist. It symbolizes freedom and self-love, some of life’s most important things. What’s cuter is that both my daughter and granddaughter have the same tattoo on their wrists.

5. Distressed clothing items

While distressed clothing items are one of the things seniors hate (at least according to younger people), could you not count on me on this one? I’m a fashion victim, and I love worn-out jeans and extremely distressed items. It might be due to an aging complex and the fact that I want to look cool, but I just love atypical clothing.

However, I witnessed when one of my friends told her grandson that his worn-out jeans looked like he fell into the woods and got into a fight with a mad dog.

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6. Texting

It didn’t take me a lot of time to get used to texting since I still work as a writer and I’m used to typing, but I know from some of my closest friends that texting isn’t their cup of tea. So can we add it to the list of things seniors hate? Probably yes.

While texting is considered by many a wonder when it comes to communication, older generations might not agree. Youngsters are more likely to solve an issue or communicate with someone via texting rather than calling; lots of seniors prefer the old-fashioned way of giving a call.

Maybe that’s because it’s not always easy to hit the right keyboard; it takes longer, and the person you want to talk to might not respond quickly. On the other hand, when you call someone, they’ll probably pick up faster.

7. Too many apps

Yes! I couldn’t agree more! It’s believed that one of the things seniors hate the most is installing an app for everything. If you want to purchase a scale that will analyze your body composition, you need an app. If you want to meet someone online, you need another app. If you want an additional discount at your local grocery store, guess what? Installing an app will save you some money.

Yes, I want all of these things, but do I need to install an app each time I want something? Excuse me for venting; I just had to let it all out. I’m curious to know what your thoughts are on this one because I hate having too many apps or creating an account for every online platform.

8. Online education

The pandemic changed the way we do things, and more and more people started to work remotely or choose online education, whether it’s school, college, or simply taking a course. While I have to admit that many of the people in my generation believe that the physical interaction with other people and the traditional and personal touch of conventional education can’t replace seeing a teacher on a tiny screen, it’s nice and convenient to know that you can lie in bed or clean your room during a course break.

So, while online education might not exactly be one of the things seniors hate, it’s still something many people from older generations are on the fence about. As with everything in life, there are always two sides of the same coin, so it depends on what you want to believe.

Do you know any other things seniors hate? Ask your grandchildren and share the story with us! And since we all want to bond with our gorgeous grandsons and granddaughters, here’s a fantastic board game that will bring you closer and make you laugh. All generations appreciate it, trust me.

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