It seems that no matter the year, there’s always been a generational divide. For whatever reason, older and younger generations just can’t get along.
It’s a situation we find ourselves in today. Baby Boomers label their younger counterparts as lazy, entitled, and easily offended. And let’s not forget about all the things Millenials have “ruined” for society. Needless to say, Baby Boomers have been vocal when it comes to their disdain for the younger generations.
Recently, we as young people have also started speaking up. After all, we can find more than a few things that Boomers got wrong.
Today we point the finger back at Baby Boomers and shed light on their mistakes. These are 25 Ways Baby Boomers Screwed Over Younger Generations.
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Marital and Family Issues
Baby Boomers got married and started families at a young age; this has caused an increase in divorce rates.
Most people in the older generation are willing to give up on marriage rather than making it work. This has caused issues for many young people regarding the idea of settling down and having a family.
They Don't Realize How Lucky They Were
Baby Boomers grew up in the most financially stable time in American history. The economy prospered and it was easier than ever to be successful.
Because of this, many Baby Boomers don’t understand why younger generations struggle so much. They just don’t realize how lucky they were to be born in a time when it was so easy to achieve your life goals.
Taking Too Much Money from Social Security
The term Baby Boomers comes from the fact that during the forties, there was a massive increase in the birth rate. With Baby Boomers comes an extended life expectancy. These factors have had a massive effect on the nation’s social security reserves.
Although it’s not expected that Social Security will run out completely in the future, it is expected that the following generations will be getting far less money than Baby Boomers get today.
It’s been proposed that the age at which a person is eligible for social security should be raised to 70 rather than 65 to combat this, but Boomers have done little to actually put this plan into action.
Ruining the Housing Market
During the sixties all the way through to the nineties, there was a massive housing boom in America. Millions of houses were built and it was relatively cheap to purchase one.
Because of the strict regulations that were made during the time, the same can’t be said about today’s housing market. It’s become harder to build new houses and because Boomers are looking to sell large houses that were made decades ago, it’s nearly impossible for younger generations to afford to live on their own.
Cutting Useful Education
Many Baby Boomers complain that younger generations don’t have the skills to function in real life, and they’re right. What they don’t realize is that this is their own fault.
Boomer politicians have cut so much funding to classes like Home Economics, Woodshop, and Finances in exchange for rigorous test programs. Now schools only care about how a student does on their yearly tests rather than if they can balance a checkbook.