LONAS: Who Throws The Biggest Temper Tantrums: Babies, Millienials, or Boomers?

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Monday, January 13, 2020


As you walk around shopping before and after the holidays, the distant cries of mothers shush their babies. On Twitter, whiny millennials fight about the phrase “Happy Holidays.” Boomers hold up the check-out line, complaining about all the young people around and “things not being the same as they were back in my day.” Everyone seems to complain but which one is the worst? Which generation throws the biggest temper tantrums?

Babies, the most innocent, are also the least controllable. In the first couple months of life, infants will cry for hours a day. You know that kid at the restaurant that starts crying and won’t settle for the rest of the meal? He could keep going for 6 hours if he wanted. We ought to forgive them, though, as they normally cry because they are tired, hungry, or need attention—I’m sure millennials can relate.

Millennials too are notorious for temper tantrums. Having lost much capacity for rational discussion, they’ve even started chaining themselves to cars to enact policy change, I guess. Let’s not forget the “safe spaces” they started on campuses and that they are the biggest vaccine skeptics. The deficit therein could stem from the fact that millennials are the least informed about the news but we can make fun of millennials all day; they had to learn this from somewhere.

Boomers, the oldest generation here, are equally guilty of tantrums. Boomers of note include the “Karen” at the restaurant who yells at the waiter about the food they didn’t cook. They make snide remarks about the younger generations being “snowflakes” but themselves throw a fit whenever an ‘ok boomer’ meme appears. Many HR departments warned against this phrase in fear of a lawsuit. Let’s not even start with all their questions about how to use a phone.

That brings me, finally, to my own generation: Gen Z. The new scapegoat for societal problems, we are on technology a bit too much and do weird dances on TikTok, yes, but we are an ambitious generation. Generation Z is one of the most entrepreneurial generations with 72% of high school students wanting to start a business someday. We are both skeptical and knowledgeable when it comes to technology. Generation Z is four times more likely than millennials to think that a person shouldn’t get a smartphone until age 13 and are more concerned than millennials about putting credit card information online.

Who throws the biggest tantrum? Babies cry a lot but that whole inability to talk gives them a pass. Millennials have lost the capacity for rational discussion but came to the workplace during the Great Recession. Boomers complain about the younger generations and society today, forgetting that they helped to lay the foundation. Each generation will have its flaws and try to shirk the blame. In reality, all of this blaming misses the important questions: what are the problems that are unique—though not better or worse—facing each generation and how can they be overcome?

Alexandra Lonas is a student at The Pennsylvania State University of Altoona. She is a sophomore who is hoping to pursue a career as a political commentator. She is the president of the political science club and enjoys hiking, reading, and learning about other people's ideas.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Pennsylvania State University of Altoona

Alexandra Lonas is a student at The Pennsylvania State University of Altoona. She is a sophomore who is hoping to pursue a career as a political commentator. She is the president of the political science club and enjoys hiking, reading, and learning about other people's ideas.

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