Let’s be honest, each generation has its own trends, differences, and preferences, including baby boomers. Even more, different generations love to complain about one another, especially since the most recent ones simply have no idea what it was like to live back in the days before high-speed internet and cellphones. Baby boomers have their own preferences that started long before these advancements, from still reading Reader’s Digest to their love for buying terrible processed foods, here are some of the unique things that only people born between 1946 and 1964 will be able to understand.
1. The Love For Cruises Is Real
Now here's the thing, we’re not saying that cruises aren’t cool. They are most certainly comfortable, easy, and they give people the opportunity to see tons of new places while being entertained on a daily basis. But we have to admit that cruises are much more popular amongst baby boomers than the newest generations, who mostly prefer to do their traveling in a less structured way. The fact that cruises are crowded and activities are scheduled ends up really not sounding all that appealing to millennials and Generation Z.
2. You’ll Still Find Them Wearing Crocs
Crocs are most certainly one of those things that people either really love or hate. They are still one of the most popular articles of clothing today, but baby boomers most definitely make up the majority of people who still love to wear them. Sure, they are super comfortable, but they have gained the reputation of being some of the ugliest shoes to ever be created. Crocs have continued to reinvent themselves over the years, but it's their comfort factor that has allowed the shoe to remain popular in the market.
3. You Can Still Find Potpourri In Their Houses
While millennials might have no idea what potpourri is, there was a time that seeing a bowl of potpourri decorating a house was the most common sight ever. While it’s hard to understand what’s the actual deal with the uncommon decoration item, we have to admit that potpourri does make the house smell quite good. Still, while millennials would go for some candles or a spray, baby boomers were pretty stoked about having dead flower petals decorating their home back in the day.
4. They Love Malls
With the advancements made with computer technology, online shopping has become increasingly popular amongst millennials and the younger generations. But for baby boomers, that might be a bit of a hard path towards buying something they need. That’s why malls are still their main choice as we can undoubtedly see them roaming around different malls on a constant basis. With time, we’re pretty sure malls will continue to become more and more uncool, with most things eventually moving to the online world.
5. They Love To Read Reader’s Digest
Reader’s Digest has been around for a whopping 100 years, making its debut edition in February of 1922. Since then, the magazine has remained a hit, especially amongst older generations. Millennials might wonder, “who on earth still reads the Reader’s Digest?”. Well, baby boomers, that's who. Though the company has filed for bankruptcy several times over the years, they have managed to stay afloat, mostly due to all the baby boomers who still buy it and read the entire edition.
6. Diamonds Were The Ultimate Goal
The idea that diamonds are the most “exclusive” piece of jewelry to have was sold to baby boomers in one of the most brilliant marketing stunts of all time. Baby boomers in specific sold each other on the idea that affording an over-the-top expensive diamond was a must. Lately, reports have been released showing that diamonds can be found everywhere with even the Gem Society admitting that diamonds are some of the most common gems found around the world. Still, they are incredibly expensive, though they aren’t worth that much if they don’t pass in terms of weight, cut, color, and clarity.
7. You Can Still Find Them Using Yahoo
You might wonder, who on earth still uses Yahoo, Hotmail, and MSN? Well, we’ll tell ya, tons of baby boomers out there still love using yahoo for many things, including reading trendy articles and the news. You’d be surprised by how some baby boomers still use the internet as if we were in 1999, refusing to adapt to the continuous changes happening every decade. So thanks to baby boomers, Yahoo is still doing business as usual.
8. Gender-Neutral Things Are Not Really Their Thing
Over the years, people have become increasingly conscious about gender roles, and how their imposition can be very detrimental to many groups of people. Sure, gender reveals have continued to gain popularity these days, but there have been many other advancements, including the introduction of gender-neutral spaces, toys, and other items. But for baby boomers, letting go of gendering absolutely everything in life seems to be extremely hard, with gender fluidity being an almost foreign concept to them.
9. Processed Foods Are Still Their Jam
Something that has also continued to evolve with the years is the consciousness around healthy eating and the importance of nourishing the body from the inside out. Yet, for many baby boomers, processed, canned, and packaged foods are still their go-to. This has a reason though; when they were growing up, companies were constantly looking for new and sustainable ways to keep their products for a longer time in supermarket shelves, which also means that they come with crazy amounts of preservatives and sugars.
10. They Use Emails For More Than Just Work
While emails are mostly used for school and work purposes in our days, many of us still have that uncle or aunt who still sends an email just saying hi, or forwarding an “interesting” and also meaningless text. In fact, there are still many baby boomers who see the need to use their emails to catch up with people, though millennials mostly use platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook, and Snapchat for those.
11. They Still Tend To Keep Their Paperwork
It’s hard to think of anyone who likes large amounts of paperwork, especially in the younger and more environmentally conscious generations. Yet, we are still able to see tons of baby boomers storing all of their paperwork on shelves at home, in their offices, or even in storage somewhere. Medical forms, bills, and finances are spread all over, while millennials have learned to take care of these things through their computers nowadays. Businesses now use online payments and online documents much more than the real thing.