2 March, 2016. 13:15
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | CONTACT
Local Baby Boomer, John Gorman, has been using social media for approximately 18 months.
In that time, 90% of his social media activity has been solely based around referring to young people, immigrants, refugees, poor people and Aboriginal people as ‘bludgers’.
The term Baby boomers is used to describe people born during the demographic post–World War II baby boom, approximately between the years 1946 and 1964. This includes people who are between 51 and 70 years old in 2016.
In recent times, the Australian chapter of the Baby Boomers have been under fire for attempting to turn the country into a ‘perpetual retirement village’ – with members of Generation X and Y citing the lack of nightlife in capital cities and the Boomer-centric property bubble edging them out of the same opportunities offered to their parents.
John Gorman, says dispelling the myth that his generation had it easier than his children’s generation is half the reason he started to using Facebook in the first place.
“It got to a point where I realised my letters to the Daily Telegraph weren’t reaching that many young people, because most of them have their bloody heads buried in their phones their whole life,” says the semi-retired fishing and camping retailer.
“So I asked my nephew Toby to show me the ropes of the Face Book. It took the bludger a couple weeks to find the time to come over here, but once I was online I realised the whole social media thing isn’t that impressive,”
“It’s just a bunch of ‘poor-me’ whingers complaining about this life that’s been handed to ’em on a platter,”
While vehemently opposed to the idea of social media, Mr Gorman boasts that several of his social media comments have attracted upwards of fifty ‘likes’ on the Daily Telegraph and Courier Mail’s online articles.
“One thing I noticed is that these kids have gone bloody soft. All this “Let Them Stay” and “Invasion Day” nonsense… They wonder why our economy is fucked! The amount of money we dish out for these bludgers. This is Australia!”
“In my day you got a job and got married, we didn’t expect anything from the government,”
“I bought my first home when I was 25 for $20,000… My son had probably spent that much money on overseas travel by the time he was 25… Bloody bludgers,”
John Gorman says another thing he has noticed about the younger generations is their inability to save money the same way his generation were able to in the decades that followed WWII.
“I already owned three houses by the first time I got divorced. Not to mention the boat and the two cars I bought. All it takes is a bit of elbow grease!”
“These bloody kids spend $4 dollars for a coffee and then blame us for the fact that they can’t afford anything. Bloody bludgers!”