Are we really the laziest generation? 709



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I was reading the news on the internet the other day, as I do, and I stumbled across an article that just comes right out and announces: we’re the laziest generation.

How this person could write this with such certainty astounds me so I wanted to write a retort to how the Baby Boomer generation are not the laziest at all.

The writer, Elspeth Reeve, said bluntly, “The worst people in the entire world are old people. From now on they should be called by their rightful title: the Laziest Generation”. She went on to use examples from the American government to prove her point that baby boomers don’t use the internet. US senator Lindsey Graham doesn’t use email, and neither do John McCain, Chuck Schumer or Orrin Hatch (whoever they are). She thought it was preposterous that these men weren’t ashamed of their lack of emailing. She went on to say, “boomers and their Silent Generation elders are preying on millennials: stealing time from them by refusing to learn technology and therefore making extra work for everybody else”. Do you think this is a fair statement?

It irks me that this young woman could think that not using emails could somehow be a carefully devised plan by all baby boomers, ahem, “laziest gen-ers”, to make life hard on them. In fact, I say good on these senators and anyone else who isn’t a slave to emails. Call me old fashioned but I think that verbal communication is much more valuable than emails. While I can absolutely see the necessity of emailing in 2015, I think it’s a bit of a stretch of the bow to say we’re all so lazy because we don’t want to use emails. Maybe we don’t want to be flooded with deals and spam! Sorry if that’s not my right as a computer user.

Miss Reeve continued to agonise over baby boomers in the work place, complaining that “This is bullsh*t. The truth is they are lazy. They are lazy and they are afraid that if they actually started using the same tools as everyone else, they would be exposed as less productive and less good at their jobs”. Actually, honey, we’re already highly discriminated against in the workplace…and you are just contributing to the problem. I think you’ll find for the most part that we baby boomers are actually willing to learn anything to get us a job.

I’m not sure if this sentence is tongue-in-cheek or if she is serious…”this is an epidemic. Older workers who refuse to learn computers are torturing millions of millennials every single day”.

I think us Starts at 60 community members are at the forefront of the technological world. We’re actually real, living proof that baby boomers love the internet and are embracing it! We are 94,000 of the smartest and wittiest over 60s and are bucking the trend.

According to a Pew Research Centre report, that Miss Reeve has even referenced in her article, 79 per cent of older adults who have the internet say that “people without internet access are at a real disadvantage because of all the information they might be missing”. Yes!

She points out that of the older adults who don’t have the internet, only 48 per cent say that they are at a disadvantage. She translates this as “Old people don’t understand why they need to use the internet until they use it”. Yes, very true. But there are so many people online in their 60s that it’s just insulting to say we’re the laziest generation.

I’ll tell you what’s unfair, Miss Reeve, that millennials, Gen Y-ers and even Gen X-ers don’t “get” that baby boomers are online. They think we’re all withering away inside with a crossword and a book that’s falling apart, yet we’re on our iPads, getting outside and communicating more than ever. When will they realise this?


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  1. That’s just nonsense. The baby boomers work hard still, pay taxes still, so some gen Y people can sit at home and play on their iPads etc.

  2. Who cares what a little ignoramus thinks of us.

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    • what a silly little girl, prolific emailers or often the lazy ones, who wont get off the backside to actually go and talk to someone,

    • Try being in class with them. At 63 it’s a real eye opener. We would never have shown such disrespect to Teachers, or fellow students, like I have seen over the last few weeks.

  3. Miss Reeve needs to get her facts straight before she keeps getting foot in mouth disease. Babyboomers are always looking to keeping up with the lastest tecnology and we do use email and yes it causes as to keep getting rid of all the spam and unwanted junk mail.

  4. I’ll stick my hand up & say I’m lazy & proud of it 70 now , spent while life getting up early , slogging away in hard jobs , bringing up kids as single mother. I revel in NY laziness , lots if time to google, garden , read & lunch . Hooray for lazy days , we earned them !!

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    • I,m 65…never had the chances to do the job I really wanted…my working life was physically demanding, now at 65 I,m riddled with arthritis …..and am in no condition to do much…My son remarked that a lady rang him and he said she was old and couldn,t understand that the ph no she had dialled was not her son….just like you mum…oh how that hurt!

  5. Well wish she lived in our younger days I’m 77 now and enjoy retirement I don’t sau I’m lazy as I’m ready to help any of my children that need help also anyone else I do lots of craft and sell same it expos twice a year and if that’s lazy don’t know where this person gets her knowledge from and I might add I know lots like me I don’t sit on the Internet for information go out and find it

  6. I was born in 1942 (73 this year) and this makes me part of the “silent generation” I am sure there are many of us around who use the computer for emails, F/B, researching genealogy and in my case I used it to do Accounting for my clients. And I can tell you from experience that we are not silent………..LOL!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • As part of the “silent generation”, i.e. pre-baby boomers, how can we be called lazy?? I retired 2 years ago and my husband retired 3 years ago. We work harder in retirement than we ever did outside. Incidentally, who does this young person think invented the computers etc. etc of which she is so fond – and why is she so dismissive of the generations who have given her those tools?? Older generations don’t know how to use them??? Sweetie, older generations invented them!!! Now we are trying to teach you how to use things like washing machines, stoves, sewing machines, irons, mowers and may we include grammar??

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      • Oh Pauline….. you have hit the nail square on the head.
        YES…. how can this person not understand that it’s the generations before her that have developed what she uses every day & makes her life easier than ours was? I wonder how she’d go without trains, buses, cars, dishwashers, washing machines….. AND mobile phones & tablets along with the internet.
        Truely laughable.

  7. What rot. I am 70 and still contribute teaching English in Iraq, Kurdistan, East Timor and Korea….all on the internet….while that litte imbecile stops traffic while texting on a smartphone while walking the streets.

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  8. I wonder if the qen y in question is going to work hard to leave a better world for the next generation. I am 70 and still working volunteering for others and happy to work with my fellow man

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