17 Things from the Boomer Generation That Won’t Survive the Next 10 Years

The Baby Boomer generation, born between 1946 and 1964, has witnessed and contributed to significant cultural, social, and technological shifts. The generation has been a significant force in shaping today’s world, but as with all things, change is inevitable. Here are 17 things from the Boomer generation that won’t survive the next ten years.

China Cabinets

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Once a staple in every household for displaying fine china, their popularity has diminished, as has the fine china that went into them. Millennials and younger generations are focused on experiential living instead of material objects. Many are also unable to afford large homes, so they are choosing minimalist approaches to their smaller homes.

Workers Standing

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The expectation for retail workers to stand throughout their shifts is being reconsidered for health reasons. While Boomers appreciated the formality of retail workers standing and giving the appearance of always being busy, the younger generations don’t see the benefits. A cashier being allowed to sit does not make them lazy or less effective at their jobs.


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We now know that smoking kills. In the Boomer heyday, smoking was seen everywhere, including in the office and in hospitals. Luckily, times have changed, and being able to smoke in most public places is no longer accepted or even legal. With the rise in vaping and cigarette costs and continued anti-smoking campaigns, traditional cigarette smoking is on the decline.

Writing Checks

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Digital payments and online banking are making checks nearly obsolete. Most Gen Xers and Millennials probably don’t know where their checkbook is, and Gen Z and Gen Alpha have probably never even seen one. In the early 2000s, businesses began refusing to take personal checks with almost everyone having a card, and it has snowballed from there. Now, when a business needs a check, it’s met with, “Who has checks?”

Suits to Work

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Watching an episode of Mad Men may seem like an entirely different world. People wore suits and business attire every day to work, not even on casual Fridays. People would also not have been seen in public in athletic wear unless they were doing an athletic activity. Casual work attire is becoming more accepted, reducing the need for formal suits and reducing the need for pants at all with remote work.

Landline Phones

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Once upon a time, people had phones in their homes attached by cords, and only one call could come through at a time. If people weren’t home, you would have to leave a message on their answering machine for them to check when they got home. As cell phones gained popularity, the need to have a cell phone and a house phone became redundant.

Hands-on Service

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Why talk to a person when I can have the machine at Target yell at me that I added the wrong thing to the basket? The rise of self-service technologies and online customer service is changing how we interact with businesses, making actual human interaction less common.

Bridge (the card game)

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According to reporting from the Wall Street Journal, there has been a noticeable decline in family card games, which can be attributed to, in part, advancing technology. With a wide array of options for entertainment, the younger generations are turning toward digital options for game nights over traditional card games.

Phone Calls

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No one makes phone calls anymore, except our parents and bill collectors. Texting and messaging apps are becoming the preferred modes of communication for every generation after Gen X. The younger generations either suffer from social anxiety or prefer the efficiency of texting over long phone calls.


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According to statistics, “one in three Americans who are at least 40 have or plan to have a job in retirement to prepare for a longer life,” USA Today says. Financial needs aren’t the only culprit for the “unretirement” trend. Other reasons, according to the study, include personal fulfillment such as staying mentally fit, preventing boredom, or avoiding depression.


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The paperboy delivering a newspaper to every door in the neighborhood is now just a concept we’ve seen in movies. With the ease of access to news from our phones and laptops, people are opting for the more environmentally friendly option over paper copies of media.

Ability to Buy a Home

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We’ve seen the housing market soar way out of most people’s price range, and we’ve seen it crash. We’ve also been turned down for a $900 mortgage while we pay $2700 in rent. The American Dream of owning a home and a white picket fence has faded from many people’s minds.

Ironing and Shoe Shining

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People just don’t dress up like they used to. Casual attire trends and durable, low-maintenance materials are making these tasks less common. Even when buying dress shirts, there are no-iron options. As far as shoe shining, it may only be required of those in the military these days.

Dads Doing the Bare Minimum

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Before feminism and the movement of two-income households, fathers weren’t expected to have much interaction with their children at all. Even as the work dynamic changed, men were able to skate by with the bare minimum, leaving the mom as the default parent. This trend is dying, and fathers are stepping up to the plate and being just as involved as moms.


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Colleges will not be going away, but the way we look at higher education is changing. The children of Boomers were really only given one option after high school—to go to college. The high cost of education and the questioning of its value are leading to the exploration of alternatives. Trade schools and apprenticeships are becoming more mainstream, as is being an entrepreneur at a young age.


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There’s a trend toward declining religious affiliation among younger generations. This decline began with the erosion of the traditional family model. With more single-parent homes and homes with both parents working, the emphasis on church started to dwindle. Today, people are looking for spiritual experiences that feel more authentic to them.

Getting Buried

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No one wants to put their loved ones in debt to be buried. Also, there are environmental concerns with the amount of land taken up for cemeteries. Between environmental concerns and the cost of cremation, other alternatives, like being planted as a tree, are becoming more popular.

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