21 Things That Will Be Lost Forever When The Boomer Generation is Gone

Baby boomers grew up in a vastly different culture, so they have what younger generations consider strange habits. An internet survey recently asked, “What will die with boomers?” Here are the top 22 answers.

Giant China Sets That Are Used Once or Twice in a Lifetime

Giant China Sets That Are Used Once or Twice in a Lifetime
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“I inherited my great grandmother’s really nice china. It’s beautiful. And in a box in my office closet.”

“I have one, but I probably won’t ever use them. China was my maternal great-grandmother’s, and the cabinet was my paternal great-grandmother’s. I love old people’s stuff.”

Covering Up Hardwood Floors With Carpet

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“Now it’s just covering wood cabinets with white paint.”

“I remember when my parents bought their first house in the ’80s. As a family, we spent our first nights in our new house scraping the carpet and padding glued to the beautiful hardwood flooring so it could be refinished. Crazy times.”

Yahoo News

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“Millennial here. Yahoo Finance is still good.”

“You might be surprised that Yahoo is still the predominant service in Japan.”

Phone Books

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“They make them as long as they can sell ads to businesses. No one wants the books.”

“Somehow, my Gen X father just moved and started looking for jobs…..via the phonebook…..so it’ll be around a while.”

QVC

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“With some of the garbage I see millennials buying off of Instagram, we should probably be careful making fun of the boomers for this one.”

“Last night’s show featured two women advertising a shower gel… by washing their hands for twenty minutes straight. Talking about how good the soap felt in their hands.”

Checkbooks

Checkbooks
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“I still pay my utilities with checks because they charge a “convenience fee” of $7 for paying by card or autopay. It’s free to send a check. (Well, the cost of a stamp, but that’s way less than $7).”

“Guilty millennial…I wrote a check today.”

Timeshares

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“Except for when they are passed down to the Boomer’s kids. I know a family who keeps accruing timeshares, and they’ve already discussed which of the millennial kids get which ones. And now the kids have bought some.”

“I feel like our family is the only family in NA that has had a good experience with ours.”

Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing
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“Not just housing. Grocery bills and tuition were so much more affordable in their prime.”

“Dead people don’t need houses. Seems to me like the market will have less demand then.”

The Idea That Our Entire Lives Should Revolve Around Work

The Idea That Our Entire Lives Should Revolve Around Work
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“A healthy share of Gen X somehow adopted that mentality.”

“This seriously baffles me. I’ve worked for two guys who lived to work. Not worked to live. How can you think about work 24/7 and just be obsessed with money…”

Workplace Loyalty

Workplace Loyalty
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“Many people fail to realize that most workplace loyalty was because the companies fostered it. When I started, if you were at a good company and stayed with them, you could expect to retire at 55 with sour 80% of your salary and some medical benefits. There was the cost of living (inflation) increases in addition to annual raises.”

“Workplace loyalty was warranted when working for a company could get you a house and two cars.”

Walking to and From School in the Snow

Walking to and From School in the Snow
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“Uphill, both ways.”

“I did this, and I’m a millennial. I’d listen to the radio to hear all the schools in the city closed on snow days. Mine was near the bottom of the alphabet and rarely closed.”

Calling Someone To Tell Them To Open the Email You Just Sent Them

Calling Someone To Tell Them To Open the Email You Just Sent Them
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Sometimes this is acceptable, like, “Here’s this long document you must read now.” There is no time to wait till later when you might open your email.”

“Sometimes you send an urgent email and then realize it’s urgent enough that you should actually just call the person.”

Actually Owning Stuff and Not Just “Subscribing” to It

Actually Owning Stuff and Not Just _Subscribing_ to It
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“Younger millennial here. I still buy physical media whenever I can and will continue to do so until I am no longer able.”

“32-year-old here, I often feel like a Boomer when I have to explain to people my age and younger that it is generally better to buy/own a product instead of having everything in your apartment on a lease basis.”

Suits in the Workplace

Suits in the Workplace
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“Most workstations have already abolished suits, and those that still mandate suits will abolish them once the baby boomers are gone.”

“I’m a mid-40s lawyer, and while I rarely (never) wear a suit, I wear a sports coat daily. I like to dress nicely and look good. Another benefit is that strangers treat me better because I’m dressed nicely. Dress well, be polite, have some manners, and the world is just a better place.”

Newspapers

Newspapers
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“The only time I will ever read a newspaper is on an airplane. Occasionally I catch a glimpse of my local paper and think, “Maybe I should subscribe…”

“That’s part of the morning routine I miss. Read the Sunday comics and then try to get at least one word in the crossword puzzle!”

Fax Machines

Fax Machines
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“The medical field will keep this one alive for a hot minute. They favor proof of actual signatures, and faxes give that validation.”

“They’re still pretty big in the financial industry. IRS loves their fax machines.”

“I Hate My Wife” Jokes

I Hate My Wife_ Jokes
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“I am happy to see the disparaging remarks played as jokes about one’s spouse die off, but sadly I think it’s an age-old tradition.”

“I don’t see any pattern of younger generations having a healthier relationship than the older, to be frank.”

Landlines

Landlines
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“My husband has a home business and prefers a landline over cell service. He reserves his cell for family and friends.”

“There’s still a lot of the Midwest that only has DSL or dial-up as an internet option. Where my parents live, only got DSL within the last year.”

Grandfather Clock Repair

Grandfather Clock Repair
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“I feel grandfather clock repair is something a young bearded guy with a bun and flannel shirt somewhere is really into.”

“I still think there will be people who appreciate a good grandfather clock. There are only about 3 things I own that I actually care about, and one of them is my Howard Miller grandfather clock.”

Cable TV

Cable TV
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“I can only hope I live long enough to one day witness the decline of Spectrum and Comcast. They’ll always have the internet, but cable is their big money maker.”

“I hope this is accurate. Cable is a scam. When we returned our box, they charged us for the next full month because they decided the billing cycle didn’t end when we returned the equipment.”

60’s Sitcoms

60_s Sitcoms
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“All old shows are horrible. They literally put a laugh track to shows that didn’t have jokes.”

“They’re better than a lot of the junk that’s come out in the past 20-odd years. We have ignorant millennials to thank for that.”

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