It's not hard to find people with harsh words to say about millennials and Gen Z. If Twitter and cable news networks are to be believed, kids spend their days ruining industries, taking selfies, and sharing millennial memes instead of doing hard work. One thing these millennial critics often have in common: They're old.
However, this type of criticism isn't unique to the 21st century. It turns out that complaining about younger generations is truly timeless. Going back to the Greek philosophers, adults have had low opinions of the youth, and we have the quotes to prove it. From ancient Greeks to Victorian writers to modern-day pundits, these quotes show how older generations have complained about the loose morals and laziness of every generation (including yours). While some of the claims border on ridiculous (like chess sending kids on a downward spiral), others make valid points. Some are clearly the work of bitter thinkers, and others come from a place of genuine concern.
Regardless, the intent is consistent. The older generations have had problems with those darn kids for millennia.
“The tragic truth is that America’s millennials are a bunch of phone-addicted, selfie-obsessed, hashtagging, snapchatting, kale-munching, twerking, lazy, whining, ill-informed, politically correct, cossetted narcissists who find absolutely everything mortally offensive and believe there are 165 ways to sexually identify.”Photo: user uploaded imageIs this classic crabby old person?
"We remarked with pain that the indecent foreign dance called the Waltz was introduced (we believe for the first time) at the English court on Friday last… it is quite sufficient to cast one's eyes on the voluptuous intertwining of the limbs and close compressor on the bodies in their dance, to see that it is indeed far removed from the modest reserve which has hitherto been considered distinctive of English females."Photo: user uploaded image
1816Is this classic crabby old person?
"The bad manners of all parliaments, the general tendency to connive at a rather shady business transaction if it promises to bring in money without work, jazz and Negro dances as the spiritual outlet in all circles of society, women painted like prostitutes... all of these go to prove that it is now the vulgar mob that gives the tone."Photo: user uploaded imageIs this classic crabby old person?
"The free access which many young people have to romances, novels, and plays has poisoned the mind and corrupted the morals of many a promising youth; and prevented others from improving their minds in useful knowledge."Photo: user uploaded imageIs this classic crabby old person?