Kids These Days

by Pessimists Archive

Kids! They’re lazy, narcissistic, and disrespectful—or so says the older generation. But when you look back through history, you’ll discover that older generations have been saying a version of the same thing for thousands of years. Our question is: Why? And we found an answer.

EPISODE NOTES

• Jason Feifer’s original Medium story, which this episode is based on: Why Older People Have Always Trashed Young People

• That whole Millennials/Holocaust thing: the story, the data

•  I’m a Millennial and My Generation SucksNew York Post writer on Fox and Friends

• Quora: Why do older generations seem to love criticizing younger generations?

• Great roundups of youth hating here and here and here

• 1933: Is Modern Youth A Dim Bulb?

• Ira Wolfe’s Geeks, Geezers, and Googilzation

• Gregg Easterbrook’s 1980 Washington Monthly story, “Fear of Success”

• “Sharper than a Serpent’s Tooth’: Parent-Child Litigation in Anglo-Saxon England” by Andrew Rabin

• 2 Girls, 1 Podcast

• Richard Saller, professor of classics and history at Stanford

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