Being older also means not understanding young people—at least not all the time. I think this is why I found this article on The Huffington Post sort of interesting. It gives five reasons why we, the boomers, don’t understand young people. Of course, there are more than five reasons but it’s a start.
You can click here to read the article, then, when you come back, I’ve got some comments on three of the five reasons why us boomers don’t understand young people. I’ll wait for you.
OK. Are you back yet? OK—good. Here are my comments.
This “exchange” business: My kids are both young people and I know they would rather text me than make a phone call. I know how to text but I’m slow and basically no good doing it. By the time I actually finish a text, they would have received a letter from me quicker. It is not my plan in life to ever be good at texting.
Cash vs. Plastic: I’ve noticed both my kids tend to use more plastic than actual cash. I tend to use actual cash and less plastic. Sometimes my kids don’t even have money on them, just the plastic. I guess there isn’t anything wrong with this, but in my view when I’m paying in cash, I don’t have to think about getting a credit card statement in the mail and then having to pay.
Wait. Did I just use the word “mail?” That’s boomer thinking. Probably the credit card statement is coming through on their phone. That’s where the “exchange” is probably made.
Binge Watching: Thanks to our younger generation, watching television will never be the same again. I don’t know of any person now, young or old, who sits down in front of a television set and a certain time to watch a certain show. You record it and/or watch it on your phone. You can binge watch too—something I’ve been known to do on my computer. That’s how I watched “The Sopranos,” “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” and now I’m doing the same thing with “House of Cards.” I kind of like this approach.
OK, I’m done with this. I guess with every generation there are going to be differences. I don’t get hung up on any of it really. From those young people—and I’m mostly talking about my kids here—I’ll learn and take what works for me and what doesn’t, I won’t. They can probably say the same about me—the old baby boomer.
I shall return here on Wednesday. Tomorrow, I’ve got other projects to work on—that is if I’m not binge watching “House of Cards.”
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