What are your pet peeves?
I've thought about this for a while, and rather than giving the usual answers such as "bad drivers" and the like I'm going to be discussing some recent pet peeves that have been bothering me for a while. I'm limiting myself to at least three items, just to be on the safe side. I have a lot of pet peeves, but these are just a few things on my mind.
01. When people look down upon and/or make fun of the younger generation. I've noticed this in a lot of different circles, and while this isn't necessarily a new concept with generation gaps, I'm finding a disturbing trend that even those my age, in their late twenties, mocking or thinking it's alright to dislike the younger generation for whatever it is they are liking now. Whether it's certain books or things in pop culture, certain musical artists, being technologically savvy with social media and online, etc. I understand that with every generation there will be the older generation in the state of "what are the kids into nowadays" with either fascination or utter confusion, but sometimes it can become quite insulting and downright vicious. You know, the whole "well, back in my day..." kind of mindset. Even those from my own generation are starting to have that attitude even though it wasn't too long ago we were that age, and I think it's ridiculous. If you didn't like it being done to you, don't do it to others.
02. People thinking technology is ~ruining society. Kind of the same vein as my first point above, when people, usually the older generations, think that technology is ruining human interaction and therefore is the pinnacle of everything that is wrong with the world, especially everything that is wrong with the younger generation. Whether it's taking selfies or being on their phones or making YouTube videos or playing video games or just being on the Internet in general, someone somewhere will be shaking their fist at the sky yelling at a cloud about how technology is ruining the decency of humanity. Never mind how the advancements of technology has made things easier for people to connect with others, how we can research things faster with just the tips of our fingers, how it has kept so many informed and educated about current events happening around the world, how it has literally saved lives. Just like with anything else in the world, there are good and bad qualities attached to it depending on how it's being used. Instead of reminiscing about "the good old days" when things were harder (and therefore somehow automatically more "authentic"), relish in how times are changing and, with technology, making things better for people all around the world. Just because you don't understand how to use it (or to a lesser extent, can't keep up with it), doesn't mean it isn't beneficial to someone else.
03. "Someone had way too much time on their hands." Ever heard this phrase uttered by someone? It's usually targeted towards someone who did something that is seen as a hobby or something that isn't of the "norm" in terms of projects, and is often used in a dismissive manner. As someone who is among fandom, I can imagine there are non-fandom people who probably think this way in regards to fanwork in general, and I don't particularly like it. It's said in a way of disregarding the person and what they do, as an off-handed way of saying that what they're doing is pointless or not worth their time, and it doesn't sit well with me. Even if they are spending a lot of time on a particular thing, if it isn't harming anyone, what is the problem?