Internet is ripping older generations for useless advice

Thousands of young internet users were eager to share their biggest annoyances about the advice they received from members of older generations.

In a viral reddit thread published on r/AskReddit, Redditor u/baker10923 (aka the original poster or OP) asked the forum’s 35.8 million members to share the least helpful suggestions usually given by those who came before them.

Titled: “Younger People of Reddit. How Tired of Hearing Older Generations?” the wire has received more than 34,000 votes and nearly 20,000 comments in the past nine hours.

Responding to the prompt from the original poster, Redditors offered a myriad of answers ranging from computer-illiterate scruples to bigger questions about morality

In the thread’s top comment, which has received more than 39,000 votes, Redditor u/RedSoxNation09 said the proliferation of cell phones has revealed a trend of hypocrisy among both older parents.

“‘You kids and those damn phones…'” they wrote, sarcastically echoing the common criticism. “My parents are on their phones more than I am.”

“A lot,” they added.

Redditor u/lipp79, whose comment has received more than 37,000 votes, responded similarly to the original poster.

“‘Don’t believe everything you see on the internet’ ~ my parents when I was a teenager in the late 90’s,” they wrote. “Now I have to tell my parents.”

Among a sea of ​​similar comments, pointing to the technological failings of older generations, a Redditor turned its attention to one of the internet’s most hotly debated topics: participation trophies.

“I’m tired of hearing them whine about participation trophies,” wrote u/photoguy423 in a commentary that has received nearly 8,000 votes.

“I got one in high school and was told to appreciate getting it,” they continued. “I didn’t want to. I knew I hadn’t done anything to deserve a trophy.”

“People love to complain about how participation trophies ruined children when it was the adults who decided to hand them out,” she added.

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Members of Reddit’s r/AskReddit forum have teamed up to share examples of useless advice they’ve received from members of older generations.
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Over the past decade, numerous high-profile publications and media outlets have targeted entry trophies and the young entrants they have received.

In July 2015 a episode by HBO‘s real sport examined youth sports teams, leagues and their associated trophies.

Noting that many elementary school age athletes are “guaranteed” to receive a trophy at the end of each season, regardless of their team’s success, real sport narrator Bernie Goldberg welcomed viewers into “America’s trophy culture.”

Same month as HBO’s deep-dive lifestyle magazine trophy men’s journal published and article titled, “How Participation Trophies Soften Our Kids,” and debunked the practice of rewarding kids for “just showing up.”

“Studies have shown that rewarding children just for participating can have a negative effect, creating a self-obsessed, irresponsible and unmotivated generation of false achievers.” men’s journal writer Evan Grossman claimed.

In the years that follow Real Sports: Trophy Nation and Grossman’s takedown, numerous other outlets including: The New York Timeshave published op-eds and other articles designed to discredit trophies for participation and the perceived danger they pose to children who, according to opponents, are unable to understand the difference between winning and losing.

However, many who incessantly complain about participation trophies do not take into account one important factor: themselves.

While children are often the recipients of “pointless” participation trophies, they are not the ones making the decisions about who deserves to be rewarded and who doesn’t?† Those decisions are made by “the adults,” as you/photoguy423 pointed out, and “the adults” most often complain about those same trophies.

In a separate commentary on the viral thread of the original poster, which has received nearly 16,000 votes, Redditor u/Tuba_Crusader translated the entry trophy debate into more general terms.

U/Tuba_Crusader wrote that they were often told that the current generation is “sensitive” and that they have never learned “hard work”.

†[Y’all] literally raised us,” they wrote. “How are our mistakes?”

“Like when they complain about how kids got entry trophies,” Redditor chided u/vkapadia.

“Dude, it was your idea, no kid came up with it,” she added.

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