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The Worst Things About Baby Boomers

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Baby boomers love to label millennials the worst generation: they're rude, lazy, entitled, buried in their smart phones, and incapable of human interaction. But baby boomers need to take a good look at themselves in the mirror, because they have some serious flaws of their own, including the ways they've shaped the millennial generation. 

It's time for baby boomers to own up to their mistakes. This list is full of the worst things about baby boomers. Statistically, if you're reading this, you're probably a millennial. But when you're done reading, send it to all the baby boomers you know. Maybe they'll start changing their tune.
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    They're Impossible to Work With

    They're Impossible to Work With
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    It's not just in Congress - baby boomers are apparently impossible to work with in all workplaces. A study on inter-generational dynamics among employees concluded that baby boomers are in fact the most difficult generation to work with.

    They're so stubborn and set in their ways that they don't even want to work with one another.

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    They Criticize Technology Even Though They Use It

    One of baby boomers's favorite criticisms of millennials is that they spend too much time on their smart phones, and use social media instead of actually having face-to-face conversations with each other. But then you see baby boomers buried in their smart phones and wonder whether they know how hypocritical they're being.
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    They Created the Millennial Attitude They Hate

    Boomers criticize millennials for having a sense of entitlement, but the boomers raised their children to think that they could and should get whatever they wanted. This mindset made sense for baby boomers who started their careers during times of prosperity, but millennials began their careers during a time of economic turmoil (which the boomers created).

    Boomers interpreted millennials's frustration as entitlement, but they never prepared their kids to deal with the reality that success doesn't come instantly.

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    They Pushed Their Children into Debt

    They Pushed Their Children into Debt
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    More baby boomers went to college than members of any other generation before them, and then they pushed their kids to do the same. But college education got expensive (with the boomers running the universities), and student debt is one reason that so many millennials are struggling to stand on their own two feet.

    This isn't to say that college is a waste of money, but it's not the guaranteed fiscally responsible decision that it was when the baby boomers enrolled.

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