One of the most beloved Baby Boomer pastimes (apart from reminiscing about the “good old days”) is complaining about Millennials and all the ways in which they don’t pass muster. One of the most pervasive of these complaints is the assertion that Millennials are irresponsible with money.
However — have Boomers ever stopped to consider that people of their generation are actually huge suckers for unnecessary expenditures?
As one Twitter user pointed out, it certainly isn’t a Millennial notion to have a full set of “good” china that only comes out when guests are around.
Seriously. Millennials would be stoked to have ONE complete set of dishes, let alone TWO.
“let’s ask for china and waterford crystal for our wedding registry!!” lmao like nah baby boomers, i’ll just take some cash and one (1) set of plates from target https://t.co/4Gitqb9LhS
— 27_male_nyc (@25_male_nyc) May 17, 2018
All my relatives were shocked that I use the expensive plates we got for our wedding every day. I put plates on the wishlist because we didn’t have any, I’m definitely not buying extra “cheap” plates for everyday use. ? https://t.co/B6YBjVgerU
— Nikolina (@S_Nikolina) May 17, 2018
AND WTF IS THE DEAL WITH SILVERWARE https://t.co/Zqlb35lO9W
— 416 Raccoon (@416raccoon) May 17, 2018
The only distinction I have between silverware and “the good silverware” is my regular forks are stolen from a hot dog cart and the “good” stuff is all the cutlery I snatched from chipotle https://t.co/A8UdfgWukJ
— ? who’s that girl? it’s tess ? (@roughtess) May 17, 2018
My cutlery is mismatched and my drinking glass is a pickle jar. https://t.co/ZGGFQDZ5dh
— Christian Hopewell (@Lazy_Dreads) May 17, 2018
And don’t even get me started on their obsession with SITTING ROOMS.
My parents had an entire second living room that we weren’t allowed to sit in ?. Like what was the point ? https://t.co/2wyowULy9D
— Angel (@LockedSoulsAm) May 17, 2018
Or the shams.
Don’t forget about the decorative pillows that are used to hide the real pillows. https://t.co/ROITQEsnVh
— Sarah McGonagall (@sarahmcgbeauty) May 17, 2018
Or the guest towels.
Don’t forget about the decorative towels that you can’t use to dry your hands https://t.co/GoIv9q3Ysj
— olivia rose Ⓥ (@livzeet) May 17, 2018
Honestly, the amount of money that Boomers spend on their homes makes avocado toast look pretty negligible.
I knew a boomer couple that bought a new house because the couch they bought didn’t fit into their current house
— carb queen ? (@sinabeena27) May 17, 2018
I know a boomer gen woman who had a car for going to the grocery store in. You know, to keep the nice car from getting parking lot door dings.
— J.L. Luton (@J_L_Luton) May 16, 2018
Maybe if we intended to keep our avocado toast and insist on passing it on to our children even if they clearly have no use for our old, moldy, rotten bread squares, then we could call them “heirlooms” and it would be fine https://t.co/49cLElJn0p
— if let Some(Chris) = aergonaut (@aergonaut) May 17, 2018
Ultimately, it comes down to older generations’ assumptions that modern necessities are somehow “luxury” just because they’re new.
Boomers view items that younger generations use on the regular as luxury items since they grew up without using them. To them, a cell phone is a luxury. To us, it’s a connection to the entire world around us. https://t.co/nZfCCLhIQ5
— Gant (@GCroker9) May 17, 2018
But, if Boomers have any doubts about these claims, they can always just direct their attention towards this handy chart.
You should show them this graph. You’re welcome. pic.twitter.com/kV8f0S4glD
— ForBookSake (@ForBookSakeBlog) May 17, 2018