Older People Share What They Think Is Absurd


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Undoubtedly, older adults have experience and knowledge in different aspects of life. They know what works, what doesn’t, and what is outright absurd, like these 12 things. 

Promises an Employer Makes

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Having been around for longer, older adults find employer’s promises absurd when they aren’t in writing. “Human Resource doesn’t work for you. They work for management or ownership,” states a poster. 

Caring What Others Think

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They also find it a waste of time and energy when one spends their life caring what other people think. Many people report leading better lives after dropping this. 

Nevertheless, a small percentage of adults think “how others perceive you impact how you’re treated, how much you’re trusted, your career, and your personal life.”

99% Of Dating Advice

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Senior adults also acknowledge that following most dating advice from friends or online can cause you to miss out on great partners or break up solid relationships.  

Health Insurance and Their Endless Shenanigans

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Older adults find the health insurance system incompetent, considering people pay to receive healthcare, yet their medical requests are denied. The insurance always has endless shenanigans on why they can’t release payment.  

Multi-Level Marketing

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Multi-level marketing, or pyramid schemes, is also on this list because these schemes make people lose money, and the products on sale never work. 

That You’ll Always Be Broken

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This thought is totally ridiculous. “Trauma does terrible things to a person, but you can get better. It isn’t easy, but you can be happy and live a successful life,” encourages an older adult. 

Another writes, “Your trauma doesn’t define you; you are not your trauma. If you can own it, you can overcome it. It can make you stronger, more focused, happier, and more grateful.”

Your Efforts Will Be Rewarded

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Older adults reveal this is a lie, as many bosses don’t reward their employees’ efforts. “If you’re putting a lot of effort, you will likely end up burnt out…that you made someone else rich,” shares a poster. 

You Need to Find a Career That You Are Passionate About

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This is another absurd phrase since reality doesn’t work like this for most people. Some choose a career they love and then loathe it after a few years, while others have settled for whatever decent job pays their bills and funds their passions.  

You Can Achieve Anything by Working Hard

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While this statement was true for older generations, hard work no longer counts in terms of achieving wealth and success. One user says the statement should be changed to “You can achieve anything if you have the right connections.” 

The World Is Going to End in 5 Years

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Many older people laugh when they hear the world is ending soon, as they’ve heard it many times before.

A poster notes the 70s were filled with reports of the world getting cooler and being on the verge of another ice age; the 80s were about acid rains killing the mass population, the 90s had reports on the hole in the ozone, while the 00s were about solar flares. It seems there’s always an impending doom. 

You Can Be Whatever You Want to Be When You Grow Up

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This is absurd because wanting something when young doesn’t mean getting it when older. Some people achieve their goals from connections, others from merit, and a few out of luck.

If You Work Hard, You’ll Be Able to Afford a Good Life

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“Nobody works harder than minimum wage workers for almost nothing,” writes an annoyed older user. Another notes, “The pay isn’t calculated on how hard you work, but on how hard or easy it is to replace you.”

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