This Online Account Shares ‘Wholesome Boomer Content’ (35 New Pics)
The generational divide between millennials and boomers is no secret. From a staggering wealth gap (according to Bloomberg, boomers are 10 times wealthier than millennials, and twice as wealthy as Gen X) to different sets of values, these two generations seem worlds apart.
But leaving the differences aside, let’s take a moment to not just criticize but appreciate the older generation of our times, who, if anything, have taught us that they too can be cute, hilarious, witty, and utterly wholesome.
If you’re still not convinced, this “Wholesome Boomer Content” project that stretches through both Twitter and Instagram should do the job. The project aims at sharing the most wholesome things boomers have posted, showing their quirky side that we may not see that often! Psst! After you’re done, check out more “Wholesome Boomer Content” in our previous article.
To find out more about baby boomers and fellow generations, as well as the generational clash they have with millennials, we spoke with Dr. Audrey Tang, a chartered psychologist and author of multiple books, including "Be A Great Manager Now", "The Leader's Guide to Mindfulness," and "The Leader's Guide to Resilience.”
Dr. Tang explained that "baby boomers" are defined as being born between 1945 and 1964 - the period after World War II saw a spike in babies being born, giving rise to the name.
“Despite their parents having experienced World War II and needing to recover and repair in its aftermath, babies born in this period experienced huge developments in technology with the shaping of computers, developments in space travel, LED panels and even ‘direct dialing’ and they even had a time of relative stability for family employment and home life,” Dr. Tang said.
Apparently, baby boomers were to experience the growth of the Beatles and enjoy some of the most still-revered music today, and they were not distracted by the smartphone. “It is certainly possible that people may look at this generation with envy!”
“As we reach Gen X (born to the baby boomers between 1965-1981), this was a time of greater upheaval, and so the new parents (i.e. the baby boomers), from a place of relative comfort, began to manage competition for jobs, giving rise to more ‘individualism’ - setting the example of working hard (without so much play).
”There were still refinements to be made in technology with computers becoming household appliances, and the TV expanding its channel repertoire, Dr. Tang added.
When it comes to Gen Y/millennials (born between 1982-1994), Dr. Tang argues, they were to use technology on a regular basis, with the world wide web and email giving instant and direct contact with information. “However, it would seem that in some cases, the instant gratification brought through technology may have given some born in this generation an inflated view of what is possible and what they are entitled to in comparison to effort required to achieve it.”
“The most recent generation, Gen Z/post-millennials (born 1995-2010), have grown up with technology as well as the growing dangers of online platforms,” Dr. Tang said, and added that their parents (who may be struggling to move from analogue to digital) may not always recognize the dangers, nor are they in a position of knowledge to stop them.
“For both Gen Z and Gen Y, jobs are not always easy to come by, but at the same time, for Gen X who haven't retrained, they struggle too - leading to a growing mistrust of the styles and work ethics of Gen X and Gen Y/Z.”
“What is notable, however,” Dr. Tang argues, “is that Gen Y and Gen Z will also have experienced greater acceptance of diversity and gender fluidity and chosen partners and the latter also see the value of technology for starting hashtag campaigns and voicing issues such as period poverty.”
When asked about the generational wars between boomers and millennials, Dr. Tang said that Gen X and millennials arguably have the biggest gap in technology. “The changes in technology - analogue to digital, and smart phones was not an evolution but a revolution. Those in Gen X savvy enough and capable of upskilling themselves were able to ride the changes, but others who were not - or perhaps chose not to, found themselves left behind... this further broadened the gap with the Gen X 'dinosaurs' bemoaning the 'inability of millennials to do things the 'hard way,'” she explained.
Dr. Tang continued that millennials also recognize that technology could make some tasks more efficient without compromising quality. Having said that, “even when there are merits for both sides - when there is conflict, it's not about listening and learning, but about winning,” she said.
“It is also arguable that sometimes Gen X are selective in their complaints - they can 'hate new-fangled technology' - but might have been perfectly happy with CDs and DVDs... and what is also notable is that sometimes it is grandchildren who teach grandparents to use technology, so you might even have baby boomers coping with Zoom and Whatsapp in a way that Gen X are still coming to terms with (i.e. 'What's wrong with a phone call?').”
Dr. Tang explained that “along with efficiency, however, you DO have the issue that text speech and Facebook friends give the illusion of connection and camaraderie which does not exist IRL (In Real Life) - and while it can sound like Gen X are 'going on' about how millennials need to get off their appliances, the quality of the relationships that Gen X have may well be deeper - and something millennials can learn from.”
When it comes to the generational war, older generations are sometimes even accused of “stealing” the future from the young. Dr. Tang told us that it’s “a very harsh way of phrasing it, BUT saying that, there are so many cases on a social platform where councils, for example, stand in the way of progression arguably because they don't have the vision of the proposers for change; and of course, if we are talking about climate change - yes, there can be an element of selfishness, because a Gen X parent may say - well, it's not going to happen in my lifetime.”
However, she added that at the same time, “the baby boomer and some Gen X parents are those who fold up one piece of toilet paper, and store things in tupperware to ration and avoid waste, just in case... and they may well despair at disposable culture.”
“Then if we look at disposable culture - if you have the older generation rationing toilet paper (just because they've always done it), and Gen Y and Z littering (look at Glastonbury the night after Paul McCartney's gig) - who is causing the greater problem? ...Although perhaps that was baby boomers right through! But with sustainability, we all need to do our bit,” Dr. Tang argues.
Moreover, it is also perhaps arguable that while older generations can be reminded to embrace diversity, they do so only to the extent of ticking a box, they do not appreciate what inclusion and equality bring to the table because they have "always done it that way," Dr. Tang ponders. But sometimes it's about changing the game, not just the people who are playing it in order to thrive.
“Older generations may also struggle with understanding fluidity in sexuality and gender, and so those freer with their authenticity may feel unvalidated or unseen, causing greater mental health issues... and on the point of mental (ill) health - we have gone beyond psychology applied to help those 'not ok - to OK,' but rather we are looking at growth and transformation, i.e. getting support has less of a stigma; and there are so many more ways of achieving it, e.g. there is a 'third wave' of therapy which may be very unfamiliar to even Gen X practitioners,” the psychologist explained.
Having said that, Dr. Tang concluded that #cancelculture doesn't help each generation understand each other either. “Compromises need to be made on both sides, and perhaps then a more collaborative and inclusive approach can develop!”