Newer generations often have negative things to say about older generations, and vice versa. This can be seen as toxic because it results in an ongoing pattern of blaming each other, and in some cases, even insulting each other, which isn’t constructive at all. In this article, we’re going to take a look at things younger generations are calling out the most ‘toxic’ that older generations do–and what we can do about it.
1) Refusing to use social media
Younger people are calling out what the older generations regard as toxic, toxic practices. One example is refusing to use social media. Younger generations want to be able to stay in touch with friends and family, regardless of their location or situation. They also want to connect with other people on a personal level, which is difficult without being on social media. Social media offers young people the ability to share experiences and get feedback from others about what they’re going through. There’s an emotional aspect to it, too: Social media can provide validation for young people who feel like they’re alone in how they’re feeling by showing them that someone else has gone through what they have.
2) Being Judgmental
What are the most toxic things that older generations do? Judging younger people for not being aware of what is happening in the world. Let’s start with something simple, like judging them for not voting. Young people are often blamed for not voting when they don’t have access to their own transportation or they are working multiple jobs and don’t have time to research candidates or even get out of work on voting day. When their ballots aren’t counted, it doesn’t mean they didn’t vote. It just means that no one bothered to count them.
3) Being Dismissive
We often see younger generations call out older generations for being dismissive. It means that the person ignores what you have to say, and instead of trying to understand your point of view, they just dismiss it. This can be annoying if you don’t know how to deal with it.
The worst thing about being dismissed is when it’s done in a way where the person says things like you’re too sensitive or you’re making a big deal out of nothing.
The best way to deal with this is usually by not giving them any attention at all. Sometimes they’ll get frustrated because they won’t get the reaction they want from you and eventually give up.
4) Living in the past
Most people who are older than 50 years old don’t want to live in the past and reminisce about their glory days. They just want to relax and enjoy life while they still have it. However, there is a small percentage of people who are older than 50 years old that are stuck in their ways and refuse to try new things. Maybe it’s because they don’t want to risk losing anything or maybe it’s because they’re just not willing to accept change; either way, these people need to be called out for what they do that’s toxic because it can be a detriment for younger generations. They hate on the younger generation for being lazy, ignorant, unmotivated, etc.
5) Taking things too seriously
One thing that older generations tend to do is take things too seriously. We can tell when someone’s taking themselves too seriously because they’re talking about how it’s a no-win situation, or that there’s nothing you can do about it. They might say something like, It’s the way of the world or That’s just the way it is. What these people don’t realize is that their words and thoughts have power in them and their negative thinking affects those around them. It doesn’t even have to be directed at a particular person; it could be directed at an idea or situation.
This mentality of taking things too seriously limits what we think is possible and prevents us from doing anything to try to change our circumstances.
6) Not being Open Minded
One of the most common things we hear from the younger generation is that older generations are not open-minded. They can’t seem to put their own opinions and beliefs aside to be accepting of other people’s views, including those of their own children. We know that it’s not always easy, but it’s important to be able to step back and see where your child is coming from. You should do your best to listen to them before you start making assumptions about what they think and why they feel the way they do.
7) Being Set in Their Ways
It’s easy to get stuck in a routine and not be open to new ideas. But there are many disadvantages to staying set in your ways. For example, you may miss out on hearing about a new technology or best practice, which could potentially change the way you do business. Plus, it’s important for people of all generations to understand and respect each other’s opinions. If you’re uncomfortable with change but have someone who is eager for change around, that can help motivate you. Just remember: Change isn’t always bad – it just takes some getting used to!
8) Not Being able to take a Joke
You may not always agree with what someone has to say, but it’s important to respect others. You never know when they might be the one that knows something you don’t and needs your help. You can disagree respectfully without being disrespectful. And if you’re going to make a joke or comment, do so in a funny way that respects boundaries. For example, I didn’t think I’d get out alive! If you feel like a conversation is getting too heated, just take a break. Walk away for five minutes and then come back later when everyone has calmed down. It’ll work better than anything else!