Younger Generations

brutus161 The Navy Guy
1,688 posts 23 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Jan 18, 2024 9:36 AM

What is one thing that you are unreasonably bothered by with the younger generations? I'm not talking about the general "THeY dOn'T wAnt tO WoRK" ones. I mean actual small things you have seen that bother you for no apparent reason. I'll start:


It bugs me all to hell that everyone my daughter's age (16) refuses to use punctuation or properly capitalize words. 


33,369 posts 132 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Jan 18, 2024 11:50 AM

This probably spans all generations. But just seeing and believing. No desire to dig into something and learn the backstory. Shit, this probably started with my generation, but it goes further and further down the drain as the internet becomes more and more prevelant at younger ages. 

33,369 posts 132 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Jan 18, 2024 11:51 AM

Smaller one that probably fits the narrative of the thread a bit better lol. Inability to finish a song. I get driven up a wall by people changing the music before the song finishes. Put on a damn playlist and back off. No need to go song by song especially if you change it after 1.5 verses.

iclfan2 Reppin' the 330/216/843
9,465 posts 97 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Jan 18, 2024 2:16 PM

Getting their news from social media and fucking tik tok, and just being a bunch of followers for whatever dumbass cause comes up next. 

BR1986FB Senior Member
27,923 posts 123 reps Joined Feb 2010
Thu, Jan 18, 2024 3:09 PM

Being in executive recruiting, when these younger candidates get job offers, them "ghosting" both the employer and recruiter and not replying with an acceptance or declining of the offer. Apparently this is acceptable in their world but there are such things as burning bridges. I know stuff has happened like that over the years but the lack of professionalism currently is crazy.

sportchampps Senior Member
7,527 posts 36 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Jan 18, 2024 6:29 PM

The use of bro and bruh

MontyBrunswick Senior Member
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Thu, Jan 18, 2024 6:41 PM
posted by Laley23

But just seeing and believing. No desire to dig into something and learn the backstory.

this isn't generation related. there's a ton of grown ass adults that read one-line headlines on facebook/reddit or whatever and simply take it at face value. most of the time they don't even click into the article to see what it says.

at work a few years ago, one of the stupid old ladies i worked with saw a headline on facebook about charles manson being released from prison and parroted that fact to everyone in the room.

completely false, just glanced at the headline and went with it.


one interesting thing i have noticed as i've gotten older is that my generation is the "sweet spot" for technology. we can pick up and use pretty much anything.

the younger generation can't. they didn't grow up on computers: they grew up on smartphones.

as such, now that they're entering the workforce, a disappointing amount of them don't know how to use a damn computer, and since they grew up on smartphones that cater to dumb people, they can't do any basic troubleshooting either. they just expect it to work and if it doesnt they are helpless. 


so, in my experience, now there's a sweet spot of ~30-50 year olds that can use computers. pretty much everyone outside of that range tends to be a moron.

queencitybuckeye Senior Member
8,068 posts 120 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Jan 18, 2024 7:12 PM

I kind of hesitate to answer since the previous generation for me is pretty much the twelve of you here. I'll go with many in the younger generations thinking my generation is made up of total morons when it comes to any and all types of technology. While such people exist (but so does ccrunner), it is also a fact that any technology the younger generation uses today was invented by us (albeit a more primitive implementation) or the platform on which new technology resides was developed by my fellow geezers.

My post being after Monty's "30-50" age range comment was not intentional.

Ironman92 Administrator
56,729 posts 163 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Jan 18, 2024 7:15 PM

I’ve been in the elementary school for 26 years….I have too much for this topic. It’s endless. You really have to be there. I’ll expand on any area if anyone wants.

BR1986FB Senior Member
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Thu, Jan 18, 2024 9:41 PM
posted by Ironman92

I’ve been in the elementary school for 26 years….I have too much for this topic. It’s endless. You really have to be there. I’ll expand on any area if anyone wants.

On the bright side, my 5 year old grandson plays some video game called Roblox. In this game he was asking someone to borrow $5 for a piece of pizza and they gifted him the pizza shop. Now that he owns the pizza shop, for some odd reason, someone gifted him a baseball bat. When one of his pizza shop employees was sleeping on the job he beat him with the baseball bat to wake him up. Kind of like Roblox meets Grand Theft Auto meets The Godfather.....so there is SOME hope for our future. LOL

Ironman92 Administrator
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Thu, Jan 18, 2024 9:44 PM
posted by BR1986FB

On the bright side, my 5 year old grandson plays some video game called Roblox. In this game he was asking someone to borrow $5 for a piece of pizza and they gifted him the pizza shop. Now that he owns the pizza shop, for some odd reason, someone gifted him a baseball bat. When one of his pizza shop employees was sleeping on the job he beat him with the baseball bat to wake him up. Kind of like Roblox meets Grand Theft Auto meets The Godfather.....so there is SOME hope for our future. LOL

Yeah, crazy us used to do puzzles and shit like that 


BR1986FB Senior Member
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Thu, Jan 18, 2024 9:50 PM
posted by Ironman92

Yeah, crazy us used to do puzzles and shit like that 


My oldest grandkid, at less than 1 year old, was more proficient with a smartphone than I was. Was playing games, videos, etc around 10-11 months. 

The first one I mentioned knows how to create an Amazon wish list on my ladies phone. Thank god she doesn't have one of my credit cards on there because he has about a $3000 wish list on that, $2000 in Nerf guns and about $1000 in candy and Prime energy drinks. Guess he's trying to build a sugared up militia.

Ironman92 Administrator
56,729 posts 163 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Jan 18, 2024 10:08 PM
posted by BR1986FB

My oldest grandkid, at less than 1 year old, was more proficient with a smartphone than I was. Was playing games, videos, etc around 10-11 months. 

The first one I mentioned knows how to create an Amazon wish list on my ladies phone. Thank god she doesn't have one of my credit cards on there because he has about a $3000 wish list on that, $2000 in Nerf guns and about $1000 in candy and Prime energy drinks. Guess he's trying to build a sugared up militia.

THE #1 issue is screen time…the number of kids that show up in kindergarten that have lived their lives on that screen is disheartening. They CANNOT function. It takes 3x the energy from the staff to get that kid up to speed OR to get them to settle TF down.

Example: I came back from Christmas break and I had a KINDERGARTEN class of 17 kids. We start off class around the circle and I simply ask, “tell me one thing you got for Christmas” 11 of the 17 got PS5’s for Christmas. 

Today….I had a 2nd grade class and same circle. Yesterday we had a snow day. I asked the kids to tell me something they did yesterday but it couldn’t be anything on a computer, phone or on the TV. 1/2 of the kids had no answer whatsoever.


brutus161 The Navy Guy
1,688 posts 23 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Jan 19, 2024 8:26 AM
posted by BR1986FB

Being in executive recruiting, when these younger candidates get job offers, them "ghosting" both the employer and recruiter and not replying with an acceptance or declining of the offer. Apparently this is acceptable in their world but there are such things as burning bridges. I know stuff has happened like that over the years but the lack of professionalism currently is crazy.

I'm the HR Director for my company, so I feel your pain. 

MontyBrunswick Senior Member
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Fri, Jan 19, 2024 11:58 AM
posted by BR1986FB

Being in executive recruiting, when these younger candidates get job offers, them "ghosting" both the employer and recruiter and not replying with an acceptance or declining of the offer. Apparently this is acceptable in their world but there are such things as burning bridges. I know stuff has happened like that over the years but the lack of professionalism currently is crazy.

not that i'd ever do that, but i have encountered the flip-side as an applicant where the employer ghosts me and/or provides no updates when i explicitly ask for one. half of the time employers don't even send out a "you weren't selected" email, so the applicant is just stuck in limbo until so much time has passed that it is obvious you didn't get the job.

BR1986FB Senior Member
27,923 posts 123 reps Joined Feb 2010
Fri, Jan 19, 2024 12:15 PM
posted by brutus161

I'm the HR Director for my company, so I feel your pain. 

That or they think they should be paid $1 million/year. Otherwise, they'll just make their money becoming TikTok rockstars. 

My youngest grandkid thinks Logan Paul is the shit (because he owns Prime). I know he's in character when he wrestles for WWE but he comes across like a douche.

MontyBrunswick Senior Member
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Fri, Jan 19, 2024 12:15 PM
posted by queencitybuckeye

I'll go with many in the younger generations thinking my generation is made up of total morons when it comes to any and all types of technology. While such people exist (but so does ccrunner), it is also a fact that any technology the younger generation uses today was invented by us (albeit a more primitive implementation) or the platform on which new technology resides was developed by my fellow geezers.

My post being after Monty's "30-50" age range comment was not intentional.

i wasn't making a sweeping generalization for older folks being complete morons with technology, but there was a clear trend that the older you are, the more likely you are to be useless when it came to computers.

over the past few years, that same trend was observed with fresh-out-of-college/high school grads as well. just completely incapable of the basics.

Heretic Son of the Sun
20,517 posts 201 reps Joined Nov 2009
Fri, Jan 19, 2024 1:35 PM

posted by MontyBrunswick

this isn't generation related. there's a ton of grown ass adults that read one-line headlines on facebook/reddit or whatever and simply take it at face value. most of the time they don't even click into the article to see what it says.

at work a few years ago, one of the stupid old ladies i worked with saw a headline on facebook about charles manson being released from prison and parroted that fact to everyone in the room.

completely false, just glanced at the headline and went with it.


one interesting thing i have noticed as i've gotten older is that my generation is the "sweet spot" for technology. we can pick up and use pretty much anything.

the younger generation can't. they didn't grow up on computers: they grew up on smartphones.

as such, now that they're entering the workforce, a disappointing amount of them don't know how to use a damn computer, and since they grew up on smartphones that cater to dumb people, they can't do any basic troubleshooting either. they just expect it to work and if it doesnt they are helpless. 


so, in my experience, now there's a sweet spot of ~30-50 year olds that can use computers. pretty much everyone outside of that range tends to be a moron.

Had an older former co-worker who was so damn annoying about that. If she wasn't working and in the office (which seemed to be a lot of the time), she'd either be mindlessly gossiping or doing the "read the headlines" while scrolling through an entire newsfeed. And it wasn't just that; she was regularly trying to engage other people (who might actually be *GASP* working at work) to talk with her about those headlines. It's be this regular "Hey, (name of someone else), here's one for you." and then read off some headline. Just one of those super-annoying people who seemingly has to be talking at all times and if she doesn't have anything to say, she'll manufacture it one way or another. 

I was so damn happy when she left because, on top of that other stuff, she was also one of the most negative people around, so half her talking was her bitching about something in a White Trash Karen sort of way where, for example, she refused to understand that other departments in the company work with other people than her, so the simple fact she submitted something to them didn't mean they'd immediately be on it and get it back to her within minutes. Totally hated her -- she was this utterly evil combination of "it's all about me", stupidity and stubbornness.

ernest_t_bass 12th Son of the Lama
26,698 posts 204 reps Joined Nov 2009
Mon, Jan 22, 2024 9:51 AM

I feel like the entire country (people of all ages) is dealing with a complete lack of motivation to do anything.  It is incredibly prevalent in our youth right now.  I think it is a very large byproduct of the COVID shutdown, but I think there is more at play.  

The state of our entire world right now sucks, and is very bleak. It's tough to really get motivated for anything, when you feel you have no control on what the future holds. 

Gardens35 Senior Member
5,888 posts 39 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Jan 28, 2024 12:41 PM

people try to put us down

gut Senior Member
18,369 posts 114 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, Jan 28, 2024 12:59 PM

The idea that texting is the only way to communicate, even when an actual conversation, phone call or old school email is far more efficient.

Also, the whole skinny jeans thing was an awful fad that couldn't end soon enough.

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