21 Things Millennials And Gen Zs Wish Older Generations Know Now

21 Things Millennials And Gen Zs Wish Older Generations Know Now

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Things have changed since the decades where you used to make less and still save more. When the older generation refuses to accept that the system is not allowing many young adults to thrive, it gets really frustrating. As people who are living in 2021, not 1991, here are some things we wish the older generation would understand (and stop saying to us!).

If you can relate to these, share them with someone who might need that wake-up call. Younger generations are not going to appreciate advice from those who refuse to look at the present!



“Dad: ‘Just go in and ask for a job and keep going every day until they give you one.’ Or ‘This random kid I was talking to at Wegmans (20 years ago) started in the mailroom and worked his way up, and he’s making $x hundred thousand per year.’

Me: ‘They just tell you to submit a resume online and never respond.'”


Andrew Neel

“When I’m depressed, that doesn’t mean you need to give me lectures on what’s wrong with me so I can improve.”Mosquito-Manchild


Kelly Lacy

“Yeah, we know. You rode in the back window of a car that had no seatbelts, you got measles, rode bikes with no helmets, and still turned out just fine. Just because you happened to be in the group of people who survived doesn’t mean any of these were a good idea.”etoiles-du-nord



“That electronics don’t rot your brain, and that vaccines ARE effective.”zilla-quesadilla



“That $15/hour in 2021 does not give you the same purchasing power that it did in 1985. When I hear an older person say ‘I used to get by just fine on $15/hour,’ I wanna slap them.”DeathSpiral321


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“That just because I don’t want to be called something doesn’t mean I’m a baby. People are allowed to have boundaries and things they don’t feel comfortable with.”TrashyPrecure



“That video games don’t cause mass shootings. Things like neglect, bullying, a bad home life, and your s****y parenting are what cause mass shootings.”Sentry_74



“Just because I know where/how to find the answer to something doesn’t mean I ‘think I’m smarter than you.’ I’m just trying to save both of us from wasting time.”WatchTheBoom



“I feel damn resentful when older folks tell me I should stay home with my kids. Like, yeah, I’d love to if we could afford it, which we can’t. They act like it’s a choice to go back to work when for a lot of moms, it’s not a choice.”Momonthecoast


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“Throughout our schooling, we had to write research papers using online sources, and our teachers really stressed the importance of being able to identify a credible source before citing it. Don’t be offended when you send us an article from Americanpatrioteagle.ru and we dismiss it outright.”Btch_Tuna


Elayseah Woodard-Hinton

“Your s****y jokes that objectify women or make fun of minorities won’t fly anymore. Get over it.”radiocomicsescapist


Valeria Boltneva

“Your job is not your life; you shouldn’t sacrifice time with friends and family, let alone your mental wellbeing, just for a paycheck.”VoltageGP



“‘I was spanked as a kid, and I turned out fine.’

No, you didn’t. You’re a narcissist, get mad easily, joke about hitting your own children, and even they’re sick of your bull crap to the point that they cut you off. F**k you.”


Liza Summer

“Just because someone is family DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE TO LOVE THEM. Terrible toxic people should ABSOLUTELY be cut out of your life REGARDLESS of their relationship to you.”Darth_Velos01


Felton Davis

“Fox News and Talk Radio did to you what you thought video games would do to us.”Leucippus1


Polina Zimmerman

“Just because we’re more aware of our mental health and allow ourselves to feel what we want to feel, it doesn’t make us weak or “snowflakes.” If anything, it makes us better at coping with, well, everything!”cwt48


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“Customers ARE NOT always right. The original phrase reeks privilege, and self-entitlement.”RedRumm1411



“Texting is much more convenient, sometimes even better than making a phone call.”smoothbraint


“Unless you are extremely gifted and have a way to demonstrate it, social class is becoming more locked in than it has been in generations.

The social mobility that started to become available in the first half of the 20th century but amplified much more so in the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s started to decline in the ’80s and by the 2010s was is straight-up freefall.

If you do not have parents that are willing and able to support your social and financial progress from childhood through higher education (or through training in a steady trade), you are at a very real risk of falling through the cracks of this society through no fault of your own.”



“You can’t put yourself through college by working at the supermarket anymore. Our generation is the biggest in US history, so competition for jobs is much harder than it was for Boomers, which causes wages to flatline.

Add to this that housing and food costs are at all-time highs, and it’s pretty bleak for us; even many of those who have good jobs at Fortune 500 companies cannot afford to purchase homes.

I would really just like Boomers for ONCE just to acknowledge how difficult it is today vs. when they were coming up. It’s a different world, and they just can’t see it. It’s very frustrating because most of them still think that anybody willing to swing a hammer 40 hours a week can make a living in America, and it’s just not true anymore.”


“How old the oldest millennials actually are. “Millennials cannot afford houses” doesn’t sound like a big deal if you only see millennials as people in their 20s, but the problem is that the oldest millennials are approaching 40 and they still can’t afford a house.” ManulCat123