Let’s face it: a lot of Boomers haven’t kept up with the times. Some still don’t own a computer even though the entire world runs on them. Many of these habits drive millennials crazy.
Here, we explore 18 peculiar Boomer traditions that tend to drive Millennials up the wall.
Obsession with Physical Mail
In an age where digital communication reigns supreme, Boomers’ preference for snail mail can seem baffling to Millennials. From birthday cards to bills, the reliance on paper mail is seen as both archaic and environmentally unfriendly.
Phone Calls Over Texts
Boomers often prefer phone calls for communication, finding them more personal. On the other hand, millennials see unscheduled calls as intrusive, preferring the convenience and brevity of texting.
Early Bird Specials
Dining out early to catch a discount is a quintessential Boomer habit. Millennials, with their different work schedules and social habits, often find the idea of eating dinner at 4 PM amusing and impractical.
Resistant to Technology
While not true for all, some Boomers show resistance or slow adaptation to new technology, which can be frustrating for tech-savvy Millennials.
Boomers’ loyalty to cable TV, complete with hundreds of channels, often seems strange to Millennials, who prefer streaming platforms’ on-demand, subscription-based services.
The Love for Lawn Care
Boomers often take great pride in maintaining a pristine lawn, a concept many Millennials find time-consuming and less environmentally friendly.
Formal Dress Codes
Boomers tend to dress more formally for events and even casual gatherings, a practice that can seem overly stuffy to the more casually dressed Millennial generation.
The preference for manual cars, often hailed by Boomers for the ‘real driving experience’ they offer, is increasingly considered unnecessary by Millennials, who favor the convenience of automatic transmissions.
Chain Emails and Forwards
Boomers are known for forwarding chain emails and messages, a habit Millennials find outdated and often spammy.
Printed Maps and Directions
In an era of GPS and digital maps, Millennials view Boomers’ use of physical maps and printed directions as quaint and inefficient.
The 9-to-5 Work Ethic
Boomers often uphold the traditional 9-to-5, in-office work ethic, while Millennials lean towards flexible hours and the ability to work remotely.
In a world where digital payments are king, the Boomer habit of writing checks comes off as a slow and outdated practice to Millennials.
Boomers’ inclination to keep physical mementos and items ‘just in case’ is often at odds with the Millennial preference for minimalism and decluttering.
Encyclopedias and Physical Libraries
While Boomers might cherish the feel of physical books and encyclopedias, Millennials are more inclined to Google anything they need to know.
Boomers’ tendency to leave lengthy voicemails is often a mild annoyance for Millennials, who prefer concise, text-based communication.
The “Always Busy” Mentality
Boomers often pride themselves on being busy, a concept that Millennials, who advocate for work-life balance, sometimes find unnecessary and stressful.
Distrust of Online Banking
While online banking is second nature to Millennials, some Boomers remain skeptical of its safety, preferring traditional, in-person banking methods.
The Handwritten Diary
In contrast to the digital life-logging practices of Millennials, Boomers’ preference for handwritten diaries can seem overly nostalgic and less convenient.