4 Things Boomers Got Away With That Would Never Fly Today

By: Lydia Iseh | Last updated: Sep 26, 2023

A few decades ago, when baby boomers were still in their youth, there were a lot they indulged in that would attract an immediate backlash in more recent times. 

These differences are a clear indicator that times have changed and that the youth of today have a fairly different outlook on life than their parents. The following list highlights some of the said changes. 

Allergen Awareness

In the mid-20th century, baby boomers attended parties or had lunch at school without caring about the content of the meal. If it was well prepared, they ate everything.


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However, since young people of today are better aware of the effects of consuming allergens in food, they generally ask simple questions about the food’s content. Likewise, public kitchens try all they can to avoid common allergens in their dishes. 


Corporal Punishment

We are sure several baby boomers were disciplined using corporal punishment, and it may seem a little strange that they are not permitted to do the same to their kids. 


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Corporal punishment has since been phased out. Consequently, any parent, guardian, or teacher found dishing out corporal punishment to their juniors may end up in jail. 

Hitch Hiking

First off, baby boomers are people born between 1946 and 1964, named due to the boom in childbirth around that period. These folks are mostly parents and grandparents today. 


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The average boomer has probably told their kids stories of how they strapped on a backpack and went hitchhiking in their youth. Back then, no one would raise an alarm about a young person hitching a ride in the driver’s cabin of a haulage truck or the back of a pickup.

Access to Construction Sites

In the mid-20th century, it was common for foremen, workers, or engineers to allow their kids to tag along to a construction site where they were working. 


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Such practices are no longer allowed. So, today’s construction sites (of whatever scale) are sealed off with perimeter fencing. Construction regulations strictly prohibit minors from having access to such sites, largely due to the hazards they may be exposed to.