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It’s a fact of life just like the sun rises in the East and sets in the West: older people will always find something to criticize about the younger generations. The former grumble, the latter roll their eyes, but soon enough, those youngsters are looking at each new generation and wondering what the everlovin’ frick is going on, why they’re behaving so oddly, and why their music sounds like pure noise.

A thread created by u/VisibleConfusion12 went viral on r/AskReddit after it sparked a very interesting discussion in the online community. The OP wanted to know what things young people love that older internet users plain don’t understand, and we’ve collected some of the most interesting insights to share with you. Scroll down to read what they had to say and upvote the posts you agree with.

We got in touch with the author of the thread, redditor u/VisibleConfusion12, who was kind enough to share their thoughts on the topic. Read on for Bored Panda's interview with them.

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30 Older People Share Why They Don’t Understand The Younger Generation Declaring everything is a result of a mental illness. Sometimes people are just a******s.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I know a couple whose son has ADHD, and they use this as an excuse for everything. They never bothered teaching him the difference between right and wrong. He has no manners, is a bully and is constantly violent towards others, and his parents blame other children and criticise them for never wanting to play with him or invite him to parties. They have raised an a$$hole and blame it on his condition, when it is a simple case of bad parenting.

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Personally, we feel like there will always be friction between members of different generations because their values and environments differ. Probably the most obvious case we see these days is between Baby Boomers and, well, pretty much everyone else. Boomers tend to think that kids these days don’t work hard enough and should learn to save instead of eating avocado toast and buying lattes at Starbucks.

Meanwhile, Millennials and Zoomers believe that Boomers had it very easy when it came to buying up cheap property and finding well-paying jobs that were enough to take care of the entire family and provide a high quality of life. However, some of the things that unite different generations include the love of nostalgia (albeit for very different things) and the increasing awareness of how important it is to take care of our bodies as we age.

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30 Older People Share Why They Don’t Understand The Younger Generation The unending need to share everything on social media including their meals, their children, their partners everything.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think this is about confirmation. Social media allows you to get validation quickly and easily.

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30 Older People Share Why They Don’t Understand The Younger Generation Talking loudly with your phone on speaker while in public. Older people do it, too.

WTF is *that* all about?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't know about other places, but around here it seems to be Millennials that do it.

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According to redditor u/VisibleConfusion12, they personally find TikTok, the video-sharing platform, to be one of the oddest things that the younger generations enjoy.

"I would have to say TikTok as a whole," they told Bored Panda what they find strange. "There is a TON of stuff that is considered bad," they said, referring to videos full of hate speech, as well as dangerous trends and challenges that nobody should do.

"I would also add newer fashion which is pretty strange. But compared to older fashion, it might beat it by a mile," they said. Though the OP admits that both "older fashion and newer fashion" confuse them either way. 

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30 Older People Share Why They Don’t Understand The Younger Generation Social media celebrities.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Stop making stupid people famous....stop following them or paying attention

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30 Older People Share Why They Don’t Understand The Younger Generation Long a*s fake nails. How do you even go to the bathroom with those things without hurting yourself? They’re not even attractive. I don’t get it.

Edit: To be clear, I’m talking LONG here, like inches long. I have longish natural nails and I love getting them done, but I’ve seen people with nails that are over 2 inches long and I don’t understand how you can be productive with nails like that. I’m not mad about it, I just honestly don’t get the hype.

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30 Older People Share Why They Don’t Understand The Younger Generation The videos where they say it's a "life hack" when it's just common sense.

Aka "try out this crazy life hack for perfectly cut bagles, EVERYTIME!"

Proceeds to use a bagel cutter.

Like, seriously??? You need someone to tell you that?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Or a life hack about how you can repurpose a barrel into a chair for NO MONEY! Take a perfectly good new barrel, use tools that every professional handiman has lying around (like a fully stocked workplace with every machine possible) and make an ugly chair with sharp edges, which you'll cover up with tonnes of hot glue....

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We were interested to find out what inspired redditor u/VisibleConfusion12 to ask such an interesting question in the first place. They were happy to tell us all about it.

"I came up with the idea with the help of my nephew! He was scrolling TikTok and came across a 'cringey' video," the OP told Bored Panda that their 14-year-old nephew then showed them the video clip which got them thinking about the (sometimes vast) differences between generations.

"The video in question was a girl complaining, saying she will be upset if you misgender her. My nephew then told me that his generation was probably the most questionable, which gave me the idea which I later posted later on Reddit," they shared what led them to spark the discussion on r/AskReddit.

In the OP's view, it's difficult to find a definitive answer as to why each generation criticizes those that come after it. In their opinion, it all comes down to what the members of each new generation do and how this clashes with what older generations enjoy. 

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30 Older People Share Why They Don’t Understand The Younger Generation Film random strangers without consent to make fun of them online all for internet 'clout'.

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Those large, spider-looking, over-the-top fake eyelashes.

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30 Older People Share Why They Don’t Understand The Younger Generation Facetiming people instead of calling them. Unless you have to show me something, I prefer not to show my face on screen

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My oldest granddaughter (17) only ever facetimes me, at first I couldn't understand why, and then realized that is the way she talks to her friends so it's the way that she does it. I actually don't mind.

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To put it simply, people tend to feel nostalgic for those times in our lives when they were happiest and most carefree. We might associate that period of time with certain activities, people, shows, or even products and we come back to them when we’re feeling down and need a boost. That’s why you might have a sudden urge to plug in an old console or find a very old movie to watch when you’re blue.

And though nostalgia can help us power through tough times in our lives, it has some destructive potential as well. For example, if we constantly daydream about how things used to be (and how awful everything is now), we might miss genuinely good opportunities in the present. It’s fine to reminisce about the past, so long as your present and future don’t suffer for it.

Yes, the entertainment industry may have had far better standards back when you were a young adult! But it doesn’t mean that absolutely every film, song, and game that’s crafted these days is an abomination. As in every area of life, there will be a minority of truly high-quality products, surrounded by a vast majority of junk. It’s a widespread phenomenon known as Sturgeon’s law.

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30 Older People Share Why They Don’t Understand The Younger Generation All these s****y prank videos on people in public.

The public tik tok dancing.

I can't handle the second hand embarrassment when someone is dancing in aisle 5.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In the UK there is some kid called Mizzy filming himself breaking into people's homes. How no-one has actually punched the little f****r is astounding. He was arrested

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30 Older People Share Why They Don’t Understand The Younger Generation Filming themselves crying.

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The simple fact of the matter is that everyone is getting older. And no matter how awesome your metabolism is right now, you’ve got to sit down and think about the future. Consider what habits you need to start developing right now so that you age with dignity and can maintain a high standard of living.

Some of the best things that you can do to maintain your physical and mental health as you get older include getting plenty of exercise, eating well (avoid processed food, added sugar, and saturated fats as much as you can), having an active social life, and doing activities that bring you joy, whether that’s meditating, hiking in your local woodlands, painting, or collecting vinyl from the good old days—when music used to sound better!

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30 Older People Share Why They Don’t Understand The Younger Generation The Andrew Tate style of misogynistic alpha male b******t that so many young men seem to buy into. I guess I kind of get how they're susceptible to that sort of stuff, but the ideology doesn't really make much sense.

I think most of the rest of the stuff like tik tok, hairstyles, and clothing is just a "kids these days" kind of thing where people aren't open minded enough to realize the stuff they were into as kids was seem as being just as stupid by the older generation. Because really, it boils down to it just being different and new.

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30 Older People Share Why They Don’t Understand The Younger Generation Im still young, but Mukbang videos. I like cooking shows, but watching someone pig out on camera is just gross.

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30 Older People Share Why They Don’t Understand The Younger Generation Filming every little thing. Like why are they filming them doing basic stuff like grocery shopping?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If camcorders and vhc cassettes were as cheap and readily available as cell phones are now, they would be recording everything too.

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30 Older People Share Why They Don’t Understand The Younger Generation Referring to anybody people don't like as narcissistic. Every form of lying or even just disagreement is gaslighting.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And triggers. While I get it and have my own mini-traumas I work through, I recognize my triggers are no one’s responsibility but my own. If you feel you’ll be triggered by what happens in public or life in general, prepare yourself to deal with it. Just stop demanding others inhibit or repress anything about themselves simply because you find it triggering.

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30 Older People Share Why They Don’t Understand The Younger Generation The new Disney remakes.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Hey guys, I have an idea. Let's get actors and remake our cartoons. We don't have to think of anything new for a decade."

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30 Older People Share Why They Don’t Understand The Younger Generation Listening to the music on mobile speaker while walking around the street or travelling via public transportation

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Self diagnosing their mental illnesses.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Unfortunately in most cases I've seen, getting a professional diagnosis is a privilege most cannot afford

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30 Older People Share Why They Don’t Understand The Younger Generation As a teacher, I get enormously annoyed by the idea that it seems cool to be stupid for a significant amount of teens. Like being actually proud of lacking or pretending to lack basic knowledge or primary skills. Over the last 2 weeks I had a 14 y old pretending not to know who the figure of Christ was, a kid claiming not to know how to use a ruler and one who claimed to never have used scissors…

Update: 5 min ago a 14y old asked me wether pigs have ears…

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YouTube reaction videos. I don’t understand what’s interesting about watching someone react to watching a different video.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Depends on what you are watching. Some of them are discovering the music I discovered when I was a kid and watching their excitement is refreshing these days. The Charismatic Voice for instance is a professional opera singer and she reacts to metal but explains how the vocalists make the sounds. If you look at them as people going on a musical journey, it make more sense. Some have also interviewed bands and they ask more interesting questions that music journalists.

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30 Older People Share Why They Don’t Understand The Younger Generation The idea that shame shouldn’t exist.

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Filming everything they do and putting it online. I prefer to be mostly anonymous

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30 Older People Share Why They Don’t Understand The Younger Generation Watching unboxing videos.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I like these because so many things are ordered online now, it is nice to know EXACTLY what is going to be in the box, the size it is in comparison to normal hand/desk/table/whatever. It can be useful.

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30 Older People Share Why They Don’t Understand The Younger Generation I dont understand certain genres of tiktok/YouTube videos. Who is entertained by those videos where it's a robot voice reading out reddit comments while subway surfer is being played on screen? Who is the audience for those videos where some dude with an awful haircut asks people risqué questions either on a college campus or at the beach?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nobody enjoys robot voice subway surfers videos... nobody makes them either they just spawn.

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22 here so this definitely applies to older folks as well but for the love of all things large and small: **why the hell is mumble rap still a thing**.

I'm not talkin Eminem, Tupac, Biggie, etc. I'm referring to the untalented, autotuned nitwits that try to pass their 'gangta' mumbles off as music. Now granted, I know I have a rather eclectic taste in music, but holy c**p some of these 'artist' somehow are both autotuned and still sound like their actively riding the dope dragon in the studio.

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I am 24 years old (so still pretty young) but there are two things which I cannot understand at all:

1: Obsession with Starbucks. Why do so many teenagers and people in early 20's spend so much money and time on Starbucks? I am from Europe and the first store opened in my country only 2 years ago. Tried it (not only the coffee, some other things too) and it was absolutely awful. I am sure all bigger cities have a place with better coffee or sweets

2: Underage girls dancing on TikTok - now I understand the other comments here defending how creating videos and pics and posting them constantly on social media can be a coping mechanism, but what kind of coping mechanism is being 16/17/18, putting on a crop top and ripped jeans or a mini skirt and dancing in front of a camera to a song which often has very sexual and mature lyrics? Are they the type of girls who are too afraid to go outside and talk to guys/girls or are they part of a scheme to catch pedophiles?

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pretty much every generation has had some version of #2. When I was that age it was friends taking pictures of each other in 'cool' clothes/poses. The difference is that social media allows for a huge audience.

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Glorying ignorance and writing everything wrong on purpose.

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Recording videos of themselves dancing in the middle of a Home Depot.

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nobody wants to see me dancing. I look like a cross between my vagina being on fire and having a seizure!!!

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