As the world evolves, so do the attitudes and opinions of its people. One area where this is particularly evident is in the differences between generations. While it’s easy to focus on the differences between Boomers and younger generations, such as Millennials and Gen Z, there are also many areas where they share similar views. Here is a list of some day-to-day smaller things that annoy the younger folks just as much as the Boomers.
Remove Touchscreens in Cars
Although people are used to smart devices, especially the younger generation, they can still understand the danger of using them while operating a motor vehicle. Sure, they make a car look modern and fancy, but are touch screens in cars worth the risk of being distracted while driving?
“Touchscreens in cars are a fundamentally bad idea & physical buttons (or similar controls) need to be brought back.”
“Distracted driving is at an all-time high. Touchscreen controls literally require you to take your eyes off the road and can create a longer time of inattention due to their complexity.”
“I have an old car with physical controls. I can do dang near anything (radio, climate control, etc.) without taking my eyes off the road and in much less time.”
Train Your Dogs Better
Many dog lovers cringe when seeing improperly trained pets being expected to behave. This can lead dogs to display aggression or anxiety, which can be dangerous for the dog and the people around them. Many agree that it’s important for dog owners to prioritize training and socialization for their furry friends to ensure a happy and safe life for everyone involved.
“Most people don’t train their dogs well enough because they treat them like children. Then they can’t handle them when they’re reactive and put people and other dogs in danger.”
One reader responded to the comment above: “They’d probably be better off if they were treated like children, have more structure. They’re treated like toys and ignored when the owners are bored of them.”
What’s Up With All the Subscriptions?
It seems that in today’s digital age, you need a subscription for everything. Whether it’s streaming services like Netflix, or productivity tools like Microsoft Office, it can be difficult to keep track of all the services we’re subscribed to. While subscriptions can offer convenience and access to useful tools, it’s important to carefully consider which ones are truly necessary to avoid overspending and cluttered digital lives.
“Every damned thing is a subscription. Music? Subscription. Movies? Subscription. TV shows? Subscription.”
Too Many Apps to Download
Downloading too many apps can be annoying for several reasons. They take up storage space and create clutter on phones, slowing it down and making it difficult to find what you need. Then there are the constant notifications and distractions if you forget to change the settings. Requiring an app every time you need a service can cause the apps to add up fast.
“I don’t want to have to download another damn app just to buy groceries.”
“If all the useless apps I was forced to install suddenly disappeared, I’d have three apps left–maybe four.”
“Certain things shouldn’t require you to download an app and/or create a whole account, including ordering food in a restaurant, paying for parking, buying something online, and sending a parcel.”
I want to Speak to a Human
People of all ages want to talk to a human when they have a problem and need support. Sure, menu items are supposed to help better direct callers. But half the time, we don’t know which channel to go to if it doesn’t name the exact issue, which increases the frustration.
“I want a human customer service operator, not an automated operator or chatbot.”
“Dude, for real, I hate having to go through 5 minutes of menus just for it to connect me to a person anyway, and then they have to transfer me 3 times. What purpose does it even serve?”
Music is Too Loud
Music helps set the mood and put your mind at ease. But if it’s so loud that you can’t converse with your friends while trying to relax, loud music can ruin the experience rather than make it more enjoyable.
“I’ve been a touring musician and live sound technician. I love music, but it actually sounds better at lower volumes, and I want to be able to hear it into my old age.”
“I want to find just one bar where I can talk to my friends without screaming.”
Clothes Should Be Made to Last
The fast fashion trend might make clothes more budget-friendly, but if they don’t last, you have to keep spending more money anyway. For people who don’t enjoy shopping, it can be really annoying.
“Screw fast fashion. My clothes should be made to last.”
“I’m not rich, so it’s unavoidable, but I’m willing to spend extra on clothes that aren’t made of plastic. I do my best to repair my damaged clothing instead of throwing it out.”
Can We Have Some Privacy?
While some argue that targeted ads can be helpful and convenient, others worry about the potential for data breaches from having so much personal information collected without our understanding or knowledge.
“Data collection. Targeted ads. I’d genuinely ask people to go offline as much as possible with devices. Not everything needs to be recorded. You really don’t need an Alexa.”
Keep it Simple Stupid
Many people just want products with basic functions that are user-friendly. Not everybody wants or needs Wifi and touch screens on their appliances and the prices that come with them.
“Just because you can make something super flashy/complicated/intriguing or otherwise impressive, doesn’t mean you should.”
“Trying too hard to make something impressive only leaves you with something that may look pretty but doesn’t have proper support.”
“Sometimes it’s faster (and easier) to just plug something in instead of dealing with Bluetooth connectivity. There’s something nice about knowing how to get it connected and being able to physically connect/disconnect.”
Tipping is Out of Control
Tipping has become a common practice in many industries, but it seems to have gotten out of control in recent years. Tipping is expected in many situations, even when it’s not necessarily warranted. Some argue that tipping creates an unfair system where employees’ wages depend on customers’ generosity rather than the actual value of their work.
“I went to a bar recently, and the bouncer had an iPad with tip options for the entry fee. Tipping should be reserved for products/experiences that require service or process like wait staff, baristas, bartenders, etc.”
“I am a total generous tipper. But these days in restaurants, you order from the QR code on the table, get your own water from the fill station, and bus your own dishes when you’re done. But oh please, the server who literally only ran your food to the table and did nothing more than tip them 20% for what?
Sure there are millions of recipes at your fingertips on cell phones, but sometimes it’s much easier to pull out an old-fashioned cookbook and refer to it rather than scroll though man options and read through lengthy posts.
“Googling recipes while cooking and having to read everyone’s life story and family history to get to the ingredients drives me insane. I’ve gone back to cookbooks.”
Looking at a Menu Instead of a QR Code
“I prefer physical menus over QR codes.”
“A local place has QR-only menus. It directs you to his mobile-unfriendly website menu, which freezes your phone. Every single time. If you complain to the owner, he claims we’re the only one that happens to, which is a lie because people complain about it in reviews.”
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