Younger adults, teens, and even kids constantly find themselves battling stereotypes about their cohorts — stereotypes that usually aren’t even remotely grounded in reality. But happily, a lot of folks in older generations have their backs: In a recent thread on the r/AskWomen subreddit, Redditor u/NilesDobbsS asked older women to share what they think is better about people who belong to younger generations than they do, and the resulting thread is incredibly uplifting. From habits they’ve developed to qualities they’ve cultivated, today’s youths have a lot going for them — and often, they’re things that every generation would do well to adopt.
It’s worth noting that “older” and “younger” are somewhat relative terms here. About half of Reddit users are between the ages 18 and 29; that means, comparatively speaking, folks who some might not really consider “older”— say, around 35 or 40 — are actually quite a bit older than a lot of Redditors. And besides, differences between generations can become apparent pretty early on; heck, even differences between the lower and higher ends of a single generation can become apparent pretty early on. To use myself as an example, technically I’m a millennial — but as a 30-something, older millennial, there’s a lot that I see in folks who are on the younger end of my generation (think those who were born in the late ‘90s or early 2000s, and thus might still be teenagers or people in their very early 20s) that’s quite different from what I see in myself and my peers.