Psychological Study: Old People Enjoy Hearing about Young People Being Stupid

Researchers in Germany examined what news stories older people like to read. They found that grandma and grandpa tend to prefer stories that cast younger people in a negative light:

"Living in a youth centered culture, they may appreciate a boost in self-esteem. That's why they prefer the negative stories about younger people, who are seen as having a higher status in our society," said Dr. Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, of Ohio State University.[...]

All the adults in the study were shown what they were led to believe was a test version of a new online news magazine. They were also given a limited time to look over either a negative and positive version of 10 pre-selected articles.

Each story was also paired with a photograph depicting someone of either the younger or the older age group.

The researchers found that older people were more likely to choose to read negative articles about those younger than themselves


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When i was young I used to volunteer in retirement communities the elderly used to love to hear about young people going out and having FUN.

WHY?

Because they were the Flapper Generation who knew how to have a good time!

And what did the Flapper Generation have to say about this current generation of 70-80 year olds back when they were 40-50 years old three decades ago?

The Flappers said they were selfish jerks who only cared about themselves, their cars, and their houses, didn't care about their children except to control them and that they were going to screw up the America.

Of course this current crop of the elderly like to pick on young people. It takes their mind off how much they have failed us all.
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"Muahahaha! By the skin of my grey, worn, infant-sized teeth, these young whippersnappers with their newfangled intertubes shall know the pain of the FAIL!"

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