What baby boomers like and dislike?

@polachicago (19143)
United States
February 11, 2008 10:53am CST
Baby boomers are 43-61. We were born in the happiest time. We are growing older. We like working from home and anti-aging supplements. We dislike wrinkles and social security insecurity. We like music from 60’s and 70’s. What do you like or dislike if you are baby boomer? If you are not baby boomer, what do you think baby boomers like and dislike?
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
11 Feb 08
Real. Yeap one word answer from the king of yap. They are real. Kids of today have no idea what the 'real world' is like and think that everything is going to be handed to them on a platter. Sorry kids, doesn't work that way. The 1960s was one of the most defining decades in American history. Working from home... it's getting more and more popular. Security is not from the government but from what you do in life... I understand most people's views on SS and believe me I am a LITTLE younger than 43... pola you can figure it out if it isn't already posted on my profile and my wife is quite a bit older than I am. My retirement is my hard work and forward-thinking that I do now... not some check that the government 'gives' me... nothing is free. Thanks for a great post Zelo
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
11 Feb 08
He, he...my b-friends if much younger than I am....lol
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
11 Feb 08
I am ABSOLUTELY positive that you don't look your age so that only makes sense now doesn't it?
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
12 Feb 08
how about more than 7? I doubled it...really...
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@cher913 (25902)
• Canada
11 Feb 08
interesting, i was born almost at the very end of the baby boom era. i like to work from home, but i also like music from the 20's and 30's plus music from now.
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
11 Feb 08
Yes, we are all different, but probably many preferences are matching...
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@fpd1955 (2075)
• United States
12 Feb 08
I was born in 1955, right in the middle years of baby boomers. As far as the world went, it wasn't truly the happiest of times. We had the Korean War, bomb shelters,the Vietnam War, assassinations of Americans- JFK, Martin Luther King, Jr., Bobby Kennedy, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X. We had such bigotry and prejudice against blacks. America was in a Cold War and "space race" with Russia. It wasn't all bad though. Television shows were not as violent, probably more on the "fairytale" side. We had more musical-comedy variety shows, like The Dean Martin Show, Milton Berle Show, Ed Sullivan Show, Carol Burnett Show (my absolute favorite show of all time), etc. We had board games that we played with family and friends, instead of playing video or computer games by ourselves. Music was more innocent and we rated it by how good of a dance song it was, along with shows like American Bandstand and Soul Train. Oh sure, there were songs that actually had a deep meaning by artists such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, etc. We had alot of "bubblegum" pop music. I like music from the 40's through today. To me, all music is good!! It is a major form of freedom of expression. Music of today has reached new boundaries, regarding what is played on the radio. And we now have MTV and VH-1. As children and parents, we didn't worry so much about the predators out there. Not that they didn't exist, but we didn't really give them a second thought. Nowadays, a parent does have to teach their children more than "Don't take candy from strangers." There is still bigotry and prejudice in this world, especially the USA, but the laws are much better in punishing the criminals that practice violence against those they are bigotted and prejudiced against. Has the world gotten any better since I was a child in the 60's? In some aspects, yes. In others, no. As far as baggy pants, dressing up in Goth, or walking around with pink, green or blue hair? That is what makes this country what it is supposed to be, FREE! Freedom of expression, freedom to dress the way we like and freedom to color our hair whatever color we want to make it, etc. While I think the young men that wear those risdiculously baggy pants look totally silly, that is my freedom. To think what I like, as long as I don't do harm to those that have different beliefs and act in a manner that I would not. PEACE
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
12 Feb 08
I think it is very good review for all baby boomers...:)
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@Browisn (782)
• United States
12 Feb 08
Hi fpd. I just love all your comments about Baby Boomers. I was born in 1947 and I feel exactly the same way you do about most of what you've said. I'd add more but my senior moments have turned into senior days and I can hardly think of all the memories you have so beautifully conveyed. I have to agree that life was slower in the 60's and people were more friendly and neighborly too. When I was growing up the keys were always in the ignition in our car and we didn't know where the house keys were because nobody ever locked the doors. There were still thieves but it never happened to anyone we knew. And, before I forget to say what I like as a Baby Boomer, I also love all the technical gadgets we have now and the way that life has become easier because of it, even though we haven't let that keep us from rushing around like everything has to be done at the same time.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
12 Feb 08
I wish to have 2 best responds to award... You both are great...:))) (((HUGS)))
@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
11 Feb 08
I am a baby boomer and I love the technology - digicams, ipods, wifi, PDA, laptops, GPS...but I hate those baggie pants that guys wear. You know, there butts are hanging out. I love the internet, the availability of info, the news, online course all the fun stuff but I hate the way you have nut cases who are very prolific spouting insane ideas and dragging people into their misconceptions -- the conspiracy theorists, the nuts who give medical advice but use studies that are not properly conducted as their research, the ones who make people paranoid. I love all the new fun appliances but hate the fact that energy has gotten so expensive to use them and I have no place to store them. I love the oldies music going back to the 40s and a lot of classical music - I do not like rap or hip-hop. I like the fact that this country is less racist and more tolerant, but I hate the fact that actions of some people have given so many people a new excuse to hate people that we did not care about 10 years ago. What a great question- Thanks
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
11 Feb 08
I love new technology too. I think we know how to take advantage of new gadgets, don't we?
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@LittleMel (14061)
• Canada
12 Feb 08
Never thought of that. Sure they like the 60s and 70s, that was the era when they grew up. I like music from the 80s more, that's when I grew up and heard of them every day. I run my business from home and I love it, even if I am not baby boomer. Social security insecurity - well is there anything really secure these days? Anti aging, I don't use it yer, but I do use night cream whenever I remember.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
12 Feb 08
I like 70's and 80's too...because I was very young at 80's.. As far as aniaging, I am not using anything yet, but maybe I should... And face cream? if I remember...lol
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• Canada
12 Feb 08
I think you have listed some truisms here. I think boomers also like coming to a point in life where they are more inwardly rather than outwardly directed. There is a confidence that comes with emotional maturity and I like that. Also as a baby boomer with peers many I know also like the fact that boomers are not prepared to grow out gracefully and are doing all we can to change stereotypical thinking about ageism...and aging. There are a lot of great role models out there that are living life on their own terms...and boomers like that a lot. What I think many of us do not like is when younger people think we are old and over the hill from forty and beyond. From my vantage point we are going to show them that it is never too late to be great...and it is not about age...but attitude. Raia
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
12 Feb 08
Raia, you are right....it is all about attitude...
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
12 Feb 08
Attitude... hmm... really didn't think about that but if you could say it is a thought process I can go with that... being mature in your ways and knowing what you want out of life or already have gotten what you want out of life.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
12 Feb 08
I dislike the pants they were now that dont cover their boody rediculase they are and some of their music now adays that have cuss words in them . I always like music that has a beat to it tho. Got to go passed the age 61 tho for baby boomers get to 68 any how ok?
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
12 Feb 08
he, he...OK Lakota...:)
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
12 Feb 08
lol ok hugs
• United States
12 Feb 08
i was born close to the start of the BABY BOOMERs..in January 1945 and I hear that eighty mllion plus of these baby boomrs will be retiring in the next few years. I see this generation as mostly affluent and have saved some money but most will have to take a extra job or to to stay busy and make extra money to pay for their extra health problems they will be facing. Whoever gets into the oval office in January will have to change our health care prgram and social security system..these are not going to last forever. three workers will have to pay the benefits of one retired person..and ratio is getting worse..as the better paying jogs are going the way of th doo doo bird..in twenty years they say the averag house will be 400,000, cars will be 50,000 but will this just make a bigger split between the rich and the poor? who will be these working poor to afford the seven or eight dollar gas and food will be out of sight..good luck..start your diet now
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
12 Feb 08
this is dark side of belonging to the group right?
@Ravenladyj (22994)
• United States
12 Feb 08
Well my husband is one of the last of the baby boomers and though he likes working from home and music from the 60s and 70s I dont think he has issues with wrinkles and he has no desire to use anti aging supplements...LOL
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@polachicago (19143)
• United States
12 Feb 08
I guess we are not all the same...right... This is what statistic say about us, but it is never in 100% true...
@Grandmaof2 (7605)
• Canada
11 Feb 08
Well I was born in 1950 and I have got to love children more than ever and hate men more than ever. Go figure ? I love country music when country was real country!!!
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
12 Feb 08
he, he...long time ago...right?
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@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
12 Feb 08
I was born in 1940, but consider myself a babyboomer. However, my music tastes are more 50s and 60s. I'm not a big fan of a lot of 70s music. My kids were born in 71 & 72 so I do know a lot of music from the late 70s. A I agree with you on social security insecurity, but can't say wrinkles worry me. My main worry is being a burdon on family as I approach the end.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
12 Feb 08
Mipen, you are far from the end my friend...:)
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
13 Feb 08
I think you know what I mean. I'm definately not at my peak!
• United States
21 Feb 08
Well, I'm 43 so I guess I'm considered a baby boomer, but I sure don't feel like one. I'm more of a Generation Xer, LOL. I do agree we were born in a happier time. I have very fond memories of my childhood in the late 60's and early 70's. Life was simpler then.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
21 Feb 08
it was simple for sure....
@lkbooi (16107)
• Malaysia
12 Feb 08
As I am truly a perfect baby boomer I like many songs of 60s and 70s. To my husband who is two years older than me feels rather weird to see that I still have strong interest in many modern songs and dances. I love to explore the nature. I like hanging around in the wood especially there is flowing stream. I like having hot soup and beverage more than the cold ones. I like to improve myself through reading books and net surfing. I prefer tranquil and peaceful environment rather than a noisy atmosphere. I enjoy most, is having a short siesta in my easy chair daily for proper relaxation.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
12 Feb 08
seems like you are perfect baby boomer...lol
• United States
12 Feb 08
Yep. We're baby boomers. A part of the largest group of people ever in history. I love it. The biggest thing I like is,,,,we're only a couple of years from collecting our Social Security and retirment income. We're not insecure about it at all. We're ready to get into our motorhome and start touring the US.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
12 Feb 08
This is great idea, maybe I will do the same....but I am far away from it now...
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
12 Feb 08
I am a Baby Boomer. Let's see, I love music I can understand the words too, it doesn't really matter what genre or era. I like country, classic rock, whatever I am in the mood for. I sometimes wonder if Women's Lib did more harm than good, but on the other hand I am glad to see women now in traditionally male careers. I wish the governement would let us decide how our money is used including our SS. I am glad that I can work outside the home, but wish I didn't have too. I do not like how tv shows and movies have become so very vulger. I do like that tv and movie picture quality has come so far. I like fast speed internet and cell phones. I also like to sit and read books. I think Baby Boomers can and do enjoy the things of the past and the things of the here and now.
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
12 Feb 08
Very true, nobody wants to live in the past....
@derek_a (10905)
12 Feb 08
Even though I am a baby-boomer, I can say I like all types of music, classical, 60s, 70s, soul, modern jazz - perhaps it's something to do with the fact that I started learning piano when I was about 6 years old. Wrinkles? I can be philosophical about it. I feel I have lived through a very interesting time of history and that more than makes up for the fact that I have wrinkles. :-)
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
12 Feb 08
very good point about wrinkles...:))))
@Ohara_1983 (4124)
• Kuwait
12 Feb 08
im not a baby boomers, i like them specially in thier health & attitude, they care a lot, in dislike no any idea. :)
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
12 Feb 08
fair for you to say that...;)