Hell, the AARP says that it's due to midlife crises, and then does whatever the blog equivalent is of crossing its arms and refusing to negotiate. Either way, this is the generation yelling at everyone about preserving the sanctity of marriage, and it sounds like they may be projecting a little.
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They're Becoming Increasingly Isolated
Shows like Golden Girls and Grace & Frankie are massively popular and all about older women being friends, making quips, and apparently living in a universe where Social Security is off the charts. So who's to say that something like that can't happen in real life? Well, real life.
A study of behavior among various age groups in the United States reveals that "55-to-64-year-olds just about to join the ranks of the elderly are far less socially engaged now than their predecessors were at the same age 20 years ago." That's a really nice way to say that old people are lonely.
They spend less time with neighbors, less time participating in the community, and less time at church. And compared to earlier generations, today's older people are even having fewer quality interactions with their spouses, though the bit about cheating might help explain that one.
There are a few hypotheses about this. Are they working longer hours? Is it that dang social media? Or is it because many of them broke from their own familial traditions when they were younger, and they're now paying the price for not following in the footsteps of the Super Boomers, or whatever we're supposed to call the generation before them?
Whatever the reason, it does not sound like fun. So the next time a 70-year-old comments on your Facebook status to tell you to "Pull yourself up by your bootstraps and stop being so sensitive!" what he's really saying is, "Well, statistically, my entire demographic is miserable."
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