11 Things “Woke” Millennials Should Admit Boomers Were Right About

In today’s rapidly evolving digital age, there are still some habits and preferences that many of us hold onto, reminiscent of simpler times. Even if you consider yourself tech-savvy and “with the times,” certain things might make you feel like a total “boomer.”

Here’s a list of eleven such habits or opinions that resonate with many, regardless of age.

1. No More Accounts for Every Purchase

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The digital age has brought about the convenience of online shopping, but with it comes the often frustrating requirement of creating accounts for every purchase.

While some consumers appreciate the personalized shopping experience and saved payment details, many find it cumbersome. The constant need to remember usernames and passwords, coupled with concerns about data privacy, can deter potential buyers.

The account creation process can be seen as an unnecessary barrier, especially when looking for a quick and straightforward transaction.

Why can’t it be as simple as exchanging cash for goods?

2. Age Is Just a Number, Especially Online

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Ever found yourself fudging your age when signing up for a website? You’re not alone. The internet offers a veil of anonymity, and many users take advantage of this by misrepresenting their age.

In online dating platforms, for instance, individuals might adjust their age to appear in certain search parameters or to appeal to a specific age group. This practice is not limited to dating apps.

Many platforms witness users adjusting their age to access age-restricted content or simply as a playful act of rebellion against digital norms.

3. Too Many Apps for Everything

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The proliferation of mobile apps is undeniable. Today, there seems to be an app for almost every conceivable need. But why the surge?
Firstly, apps can work faster than websites as they often store data locally on devices.

This local storage allows for quicker data retrieval.

Secondly, apps offer the ability to work offline, providing essential functions even without internet connectivity. Personalization is another significant advantage, with apps offering tailored experiences based on user preferences.

However, with the vast number of apps available, users often feel overwhelmed, leading to app fatigue. The challenge lies in discerning which apps genuinely add value and which are merely cluttering our devices.

4. The Simplicity of Physical Controls In Cars

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Touchscreens have become the norm for car interfaces, but some automakers, like Hyundai, are returning to tactile controls. This shift isn’t just about nostalgia, it’s a practical response to touchscreens’ limitations while driving.

Solely on touchscreen controls can lead to a subpar user experience and, in some cases, be dangerous. Physical buttons provide tactile feedback, allowing drivers to operate them without taking their eyes off the road.

Physical buttons are more intuitive and safer for functions requiring frequent adjustments, like temperature control.

5. Let Kids Be Kids

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Children are often glued to screens in our tech-driven world, missing out on essential childhood experiences. While electronic devices offer educational and entertainment value, they can’t replace the benefits of traditional play.

Kids miss out on reading physical books, connecting with family, socializing with friends in person, playing outside, and engaging in imaginative play.
Physical activity, for instance, is crucial for children’s health and well-being.

Parents need to ensure that while technology has its place, it doesn’t replace the real-world experiences that children need to thrive.

6. Sound Etiquette with Electronic Devices

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In an age where electronic devices are ever-present, practicing sound etiquette has become more crucial than ever. Whether it’s in public transport, restaurants, or theaters, it’s essential to be mindful of the noise levels emitted from our devices.

Sound alerts, notifications, and even the volume of videos or music can be disruptive to others. It’s not just about being considerate. Excessive noise can contribute to an overwhelming sensory environment.

We can ensure a harmonious coexistence in shared spaces by using headphones, keeping devices on silent, or lowering the volume.

7. The Magic of Snow Days

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Snow days are more than just a break from school, they’re a cherished part of childhood. These unexpected days off provide a respite from the usual hustle and bustle, allowing children and parents to break from their routines.

Beyond the joy of playing in the snow, these days offer mental and physical health benefits. They present an opportunity to catch up on sleep, engage in outdoor activities, and spend quality time with family.

In a world where the pandemic has taken away many regular activities, snow days offer a slice of normalcy, reminding us of the simple joys in life.

8. Cameras Everywhere, All the Time

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The digital age has made it incredibly easy to capture and share moments. While this has its advantages, the constant filming and sharing can also have unintended consequences.

Being under the constant gaze of cameras can lead to heightened anxiety, especially with the fear of being captured in unflattering or compromising situations.

Moreover, the incessant need to document every moment can impair our ability to genuinely experience and remember events.

It’s essential to strike a balance, understanding that not every moment needs to be recorded and that sometimes, living in the present is more valuable than capturing it.

9. The Invasion of Privacy

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In the digital age, privacy has become a luxury. With the rise of social media platforms, smart devices, and data-driven services, our personal information is constantly being collected, analyzed, and sometimes even sold without our explicit consent.

This invasion of privacy isn’t just about targeted ads; it’s about the potential misuse of our data in ways that could harm our reputation, financial status, or even personal safety.

While technology offers convenience, it also demands a trade-off. We need to be more vigilant about the digital footprints we leave and the permissions we grant to apps and services.

10. The Overwhelming World of Social Media

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Social media has revolutionized the way we communicate, but it’s not without its drawbacks. While platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have made it easier to stay connected, they’ve also introduced new challenges to our mental well-being.

The constant barrage of updates, the pressure to curate a perfect life online, and the inevitable comparisons to others can lead to feelings of inadequacy, loneliness, and even depression.

Moreover, the line between reality and the online persona often blurs, making it difficult for individuals to distinguish genuine experiences from the filtered ones.

11. The Value of Personal Interaction

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In our increasingly digital world, the significance of face-to-face interaction cannot be overstated. While technology has made communication more accessible and instantaneous, it often lacks the depth and nuance of in-person conversations.

Humans are inherently social beings, and direct interactions provide a level of connection that virtual ones can’t replicate.

Face-to-face communication fosters trust, understanding, and empathy. It allows for non-verbal cues, immediate feedback, and a deeper bond.

The Pitfalls of Blindly Following Generational Trends

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In our quest to stay relevant and embrace the new, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of generational trends.

But adapting to every new trend without critical evaluation can lead to several pitfalls:

Losing Core Values

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In the rush to adapt to what’s new and trendy, businesses and individuals may lose sight of their core values and principles.

What works for one generation may not align with the values of another.

Generational Stereotyping

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Not everyone in a generation will resonate with a particular trend. Overgeneralizing can lead to stereotyping, missing the nuances and diversity within a generation.

Ignoring Time-Tested Wisdom

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While innovation is essential, disregarding time-tested wisdom and proven methods can lead to unnecessary risks and failures.

Resource Drain

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Constantly adapting to new trends requires time, effort, and financial resources. It can lead to a drain on resources without necessarily providing substantial benefits.

Potential Alienation

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If a business shifts too quickly to cater to a new generation’s preferences, it may alienate its existing customer base.

Mental Health Impact

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On a personal level, the pressure to keep up with ever-changing trends can lead to anxiety and a sense of inadequacy, especially in the world of social media.

Lack of Authenticity

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Blindly following trends can lead to a lack of authenticity for individuals and businesses. Authenticity often resonates more deeply with people than following the latest fad.

While embracing every new trend and technological advancement is tempting, it’s essential to approach change with discernment. As we’ve explored, some aspects of the past hold value and relevance even today.

From the simplicity of physical interactions to concerns about privacy, these “boomer” sentiments resonate across generations.
It’s a reminder that progress should be balanced with preservation and that sometimes, looking back can provide the clarity we need to move forward meaningfully.

Embracing the future doesn’t mean we should forget the lessons and joys of the past.

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Martha A. Lavallie
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Martha is a journalist with close to a decade of experience in uncovering and reporting on the most compelling stories of our time. Passionate about staying ahead of the curve, she specializes in shedding light on trending topics and captivating global narratives. Her insightful articles have garnered acclaim, making her a trusted voice in today's dynamic media landscape.