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To wonder what opinions we have now that will be really unpopular in 40/50 years

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bumbleymummy Wed 03-Feb-16 14:11:27

Not a TAAT but triggered by a thread about some elderly people having opinions that we find quite shocking and offensive now.

What opinions do you think we have that will have our grandchildren and great grandchildren gasping and pearl clutching? smile

Scoopmuckdizzy Wed 03-Feb-16 14:15:07

The popularity of stuff like Xfactor, celebrity culture and the magazines and newspapers that comes with it.

BlueJug Wed 03-Feb-16 14:15:48

Who knows - but whatever it is some of the self righteous types will be in for a shock when they are suddenly the self-wrongeous! grin

FellOutOfBedTwice Wed 03-Feb-16 14:16:36

The weird sexualisation of little girls with things like Bratz dolls and those creepy diamanté hot pink teeshirts with slogans you see for girls of about 7.

bumbleymummy Wed 03-Feb-16 14:20:08

Oh yes FellOut! I can imagine a grandparent buying something pink and sparkly with Babe written all over for their grandchild/great grandchild and the parents thinking wtf?! Although I think we're on our way there already (thankfully!) so it might be sooner than 40/50 years!

ZedWoman Wed 03-Feb-16 14:21:32

It's not really an opinion, but our readiness as parents to sacrifice our children's privacy and anonymity by putting loads of stuff about and photos of them on social media without their consent may not be considered 'acceptable' in years to come.

LentilStew Wed 03-Feb-16 14:27:39

I think we are a generation of helicopter parents and I think that when our children become adults they will lament the fact that so many only got the opportunity to cross a road independently once they'd left for university.

Many will wonder what the fuck their parents were doing stretching themselves to pay school fees instead of putting it in the bank to help them with a deposit.

I also think we will revert to the notion that to function as a society we need skilled tradesmen and women. Not just 80% of kids going to university, with 30% of them ending up looking for jobs in call centres after graduation.

AbbyCadabby Wed 03-Feb-16 14:29:18

Future generations will be disgusted at how we treat animals.

HermioneJeanGranger Wed 03-Feb-16 14:31:58

Plastering children's photos/life stories all over the internet from the moment they're born. I don't understand parents who put embarassing photos of their kids all over the internet. I would hate to get to 12/13 and find all my childhood was plastered over Facebook for the world to see.

The fact that eating healthy, non-processed food is seen as a "diet" as opposed to normal. I think people will look back on our weight/food habits as being really disgusting, actually.

JonSnowKnowsNowt Wed 03-Feb-16 14:37:55

I would like to think that future generations will see disabled people's experience as part of the mainstream. And would be horribly shocked at the number of MN threads where a disabled person posts about their perspective and people pile on to say (sometimes very aggressively) 'That doesn't count, we're not talking about you.'

ChazsBrilliantAttitude Wed 03-Feb-16 14:39:45

That we thought burning oil was a good use of resources.

I think a lot of our standard medical treatment will be seen as very odd e.g. using the same medicine to treat everyone rather than tailoring it to the specific individual.

That religion was allowed to become a significant factor in the politics of so many countries (I include the US in that).

Almost anything related to child rearing and weaning will be wrong wink

AbbyCadabby Wed 03-Feb-16 14:43:34

Oh god, religion, yes! It will be gone! What took us so long! Thank zeus we are waking up!

ifgrandmahadawilly Wed 03-Feb-16 14:48:42

Hopefully the idea of dropping bombs on other human beings will be seen as completely unnacceptable. As will the idea that anyone in a developed country can be without a home. Employers paying less than the amount needed to have a decent standard of living for full time work. The idea of a royal family. The delusion that putting babies in nursery for 10 hours a day is a good thing. Extrovert tendencies being coveted / pushed as the ideal. The death penalty. The treatment of the elderly. Hitting kids. The way we still nice and excluded those with disabilities from much of our day-to-day life.

Basically, I hope that in the future we live in a more compassionate, equal society where the focus is on quality of life.

Waitingfordolly Wed 03-Feb-16 14:49:52

That long distance running is good for you. I read a physiotherapist saying that the increasing numbers of people with musculoskeletal injuries as they got older would lead to a change. And yes I am talking from personal experience here....

Theodolia Wed 03-Feb-16 14:52:23

I'm with other posters regarding plastering pictures of kids on social media. A cousin of mine posts 5-10 pictures a day of her kids even when they are ill or being punished. It's disgusting.

ClaudiaApfelstrudel Wed 03-Feb-16 14:54:02

I get the feeling abortion will be seen like a second holocaust by then

EmbroideryQueen Wed 03-Feb-16 14:54:32

Treatment of animals
Sharing of personal information on the Internet
Letting kids grow up too quickly
Pushy parenting
Paying school fees instead of buying a house
Celebrity culture

EmbroideryQueen Wed 03-Feb-16 14:54:51

Fossil fuels

Towardsthesun Wed 03-Feb-16 14:56:03

Ageism especially at work. If we are all supposed to be working longer, something has to change.

InsufficientlyCaffeinated Wed 03-Feb-16 14:57:54

I think our grandchildren and future generations will be really angry at how poorly we treated the planet and finite resources and how polluted we've made the air they breathe

I think they'll laugh at the idea of personal cars being the dominant mode of transport.

And yy to ZedWoman's comment about privacy. Young people now are already careful about managing their online image so they'll be mortified at all the baby photos of them online

magimedi Wed 03-Feb-16 14:59:27

Towards thesun - I was just about to post the very same thing.

Baconyum Wed 03-Feb-16 15:01:27

I hope

Our dependence on oil
That anyone ever smoked
Treatment of the mentally ill including things like 'oh I'm so ocd' tinklynlaugh being unacceptable.
Treatment of animals

EssentialHummus Wed 03-Feb-16 15:02:56

The treatment of refugees / the absence of a proper, well-thought out resettlement program for people who genuinely need it - as a Jew I see shades of how millions of Jews were scattered before, during and after WWII in the current Syrian situation.

Sparklingbrook Wed 03-Feb-16 15:03:17

I definitely hope people will be treating animals better by then and nobody ever starts to smoke.

DerelictDaughter Wed 03-Feb-16 15:06:41

I really agree about the privacy of our children.

Our attitude towards asylum seekers, the disabled, the chronically poor: I hope we will be ashamed as a nation but when you remember how many people think the Empire was all right, it seems unlikely sad

Smoking and religion seem to be quickly dying a death.

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