Are these cantankerous TV characters talking about Boomers or Millennials?

Were these “kids today” complaints made in the Sixties or more recently?

As two of America’s largest generations, Baby Boomers and Millennials have both profoundly influenced pop culture. Judging by some headlines, it seems like the two age groups could not be more different.

But there are plenty of similarities, especially if you think about what both generations were like in their teens and twenties.  

Here are ten TV quotes all complaining about “kids today” and how easy they have it. However, “today” could refer to the Sixties or more recent times. Try to guess which generation each line is poking fun at! 

  1. “Children nowadays have trouble expressing themselves with words from the English language.”
  2. “You’ve grown up on instant orange juice. Flip a dial – instant entertainment. Dial seven digits – instant communication. Turn a key – push a pedal – instant transportation. Flash a card – instant money. Shove in a problem – push a few buttons – instant answers.”
  3. “I mean, it's bad enough that these kids today have to make a date to play with each other. They can't go in the street and kick a can.”
  4. “Don’t you know what a radio is, boy?”
  5. Who are you people? When I was a kid, for my allowance I got one cent for every year of my life. That means when I was 12, I got 12 pennies!
  6. “You people and your education. Everybody’s gotta go to college. Pizzas don’t deliver themselves.”
  7. “Them hippies stole my command post!”
  8. “Whole modern world's got a swishifyin' effect on kids today. And their MTVs and their diet sodas ain't gonna set 'em straight, neither.”
  9. “The trouble with kids today is we pamper 'em too much. No wonder so few of them grow up to be President.”
  10. “Kids today are missing out on the best thing: growing up as kids, not teenaged adults.”

Are these cantankerous TV characters talking about Boomers or Millennials?

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GEMof72 2 months ago
Gen X just gets left out….
Sachelle 9 months ago
6/10. This one is a little tricky.
Lillyrose 9 months ago
6 out of 10.
Coldnorth Lillyrose 8 months ago
At least I don’t feel alone.I got 6/10 also
Zip 9 months ago
Too many quotes from modern shows that I never watched.

Nice to see the Gomer Pyle quote in there!
bsantaniello 9 months ago
5/10 thought I’d fouettés than this. 😡
hyppymom 9 months ago
Battin' 500 on this one. Being the youngest of the Boomer generation I heard them all. And said a few as well.
RJOwles 9 months ago
Rocked it. Gen-X for the win!
BuckeyeBeth7 RJOwles 8 months ago
Sweet! Because I screwed this one up 🤦‍♀️ 6/10
nightshade 9 months ago
8 out of 10 although some of them could have either answer right ...
RichLorn 9 months ago
Wow! As a boomer I bombed.
AllisonWunderland 9 months ago
6/10…🤦‍♀️ Another embarrassment
LalaLucy 9 months ago
7/10 from another forgotten ( as usual) Gen Xer. Some I recall, but others are from shows I don't even watch. Nice to see some good Dragnet speeches though. It's on too early for me to catch anymore but I have good memories of Joe Friday's classic deadpan. He had some good insights.
bripuck1 9 months ago
Shows not on metv. That's all I watch.
Kenner 9 months ago
“Joe Friday” was the Chesterfield cigarette spokesman in the mid 50’s.
TlorDagama Kenner 9 months ago
your point?
Kenner TlorDagama 9 months ago
Does there have to be a point? Merely a fact.
Wendy57 9 months ago
Guessed on all.
Does anybody remember punch cards for computer programming ? That’s a question out of the blue. Not at all related to this quiz. 🙃
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Pacificsun Wendy57 9 months ago
Pertinent to MeTV, if anyone catches the first year of Mannix, he's working for Intertect, a detective agency, that features an IBM computer processing punch cards that are being sorted out into a tray. That's pretty much how it worked!
Wendy57 Pacificsun 9 months ago
In college, we went to and used the “Computer Lab” to turn in our computer assignments. They would run them and we checked back in about 3 hours to see if our programs had run successfully.
If they did not, your tray would have a really small stack of cards.
If you did it right, your stack would be really thick. It took 3 hrs to find out if you had to do it over again. My stacks were usually very thin. 🙄
NightMagic224 Wendy57 9 months ago
That brings back memories. College in the early 80's, right at the end of the punched card era. As an information systems major, I spent many late nights in the basement of the administration building where the room with the card punch machines was located. You had to be careful typing, because one bad keystroke, and the card was ruined. They even had card vending machines on the walls (similar to tampon dispensers in women's restrooms) that dispensed a bundle of, I'm thinking 50 cards, for a quarter. But the heavy users like myself, bought the boxes of 2000 from the bookstore for maybe $5.00. You had to be careful not to drop your deck, or you could literally spend an hour or more sorting a two or three hundred line (card) program back into the right order. This was back in the day when CoBOL, PL/I and FORTRAN ruled the programming world of IBM System 360/370 mainframe computers. Believe it or not, I still have boxes of those programs from college in the corner of my home office (I could never bring myself to throw them away). I doubt there are any card readers around today still that can read them, let alone the mainframe computers to run them.
Wendy57 NightMagic224 9 months ago
I stayed away from computers or anything related as much as I could. I was an Ag/ Food Science Major, but my poor husband was in the Computer Lab a lot.
What a time warp !!! 😁
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