5 Worst Things to Come From the Baby Boomer Generation

5 Worst Things to Come From the Baby Boomer Generation

Each generation becomes known for something. The generation that fought in World War II became known as the “greatest generation of all time.” The generation that followed the World War II generation was known as the “Baby Boomers” because they were all born within a year or two of the troops coming home from World War II. It was one of the few times in American history where an entire generation of people was born at essentially the same time.


As Baby Boomers reach retirement age, they are starting to feel the aches and pains that come with growing older. But some people will say that Baby Boomers brought a lot of the aches and pains on themselves with the way they behaved as they grew up. There is a long list of accomplishments that the Baby Boomer generation can be proud of, such as new medical treatments and advancements in communication technology. But there is plenty that Baby Boomers should be ashamed of and will have to live with the rest of their lives.

  1. Drugs Baby Boomers did not invent illegal drugs. They were not the first generation to use illegal drugs and they won’t be the last. But, with the hippie movement of the 1960s and then later in the disco movement of the 1970s, Baby Boomers were one of the first generations to help glorify the idea of using drugs. With thousands of Baby Boomers openly advocating the use of drugs such as marijuana and cocaine, it helped to create problems that future generations are only beginning to deal with. According to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, the rate of illegal drug use among Baby Boomers doubled from 2002 to 2007.
  2. Disco Music Baby Boomers helped the growth of rock and roll music and helped launch the careers of legendary performers such as Elvis Presley and the Beatles. But Baby Boomers were also responsible for the creation of disco music in the 1970s and that is something that no generation should be proud of. The backlash against disco music was so severe that it resulted in the infamous “Disco Demolition Night” on July 11, 1979 when thousands of fans rioted in Chicago’s Comiskey Park while burning disco records to try to stop the musical movement.
  3. Selfishness People are always looking out for themselves, but Baby Boomers have developed a reputation for being one of the most selfish generations of all time. Baby Boomers drove gas-guzzling cars and used resources with what seemed like no regard for the future. Vanity can also be considered part of the selfishness of Baby Boomers as it ignited the popularity of cosmetic surgery in the 1980s. A good example of Baby Boomer selfishness is the unwillingness of Boomers to enact changes in the Social Security and Medicare programs that would allow these programs to remain intact for future generations. According to columnist Robert J. Samuelson of the Washington Post, the mere fact that current politicians who are part of the Baby Boomer generation are not immediately recommending cuts in Medicare and Social Security to maintain each program’s viability in the long run means that Baby Boomers are more interested in their own entitlements regardless of the cost to future generations.
  4. Lack of Respect for Authority One of the common themes of the 1950s was respect for all types of authority including parents and the law. The common theme of the 1960s and 1970s was burning draft cards, dodging the draft by going to Canada, and rioting at political conventions. In 1968, masses of Baby Boomers gathered in Chicago to protest the Vietnam War at the Democratic National Convention to create one of the most violent political protests in United States history. Many Baby Boomers would say that they were standing up for what they believed in. But the residual effects in their children and grandchildren show that the lack of respect for authority Baby Boomers had has been passed from generation to generation.
  5. Timing While the fact that Baby Boomers were all born within a year or two of each other is not their fault, it is still one of the biggest problems with the generation. The Pew Research Center estimates that, starting in 2011, approximately 10,000 Baby Boomers will retire every day. That pace of retirements will continue for two decades until millions of people in the United States are retired. Some of those retirees have pensions and some do not. The burden on the American economy to care for Baby Boomers as they live out their golden years will be large.