The Consequences of Boomer Solipsism

It’s no secret that Boomers struggle with technology. But the fact that they can’t figure out how condoms work is downright funny:

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are surging among older adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cases of gonorrhea among those 55-plus have grown about 600 percent since 2010. Chlamydia cases have quadrupled, while syphilis cases are now nearly 700 percent higher than in 2010.

 Older adults tend to shy away from condoms. Those over 55 may associate using condoms with avoiding pregnancy, not preventing STIs. “This generation rarely considers using protection because they came of age when sex education in school did not exist, HIV was virtually unheard of, and their main concern … was to avoid pregnancy,” wrote Janie Steckenrider, associate professor of political science at Loyola Marymount University, in a study published in Lancet Healthy Longevity.

This underlines why it is totally futile to talk to Boomers about the evils of immigration, real estate inflation, student loan debt, or any of a panoply of social ills that plague the younger generations today. When you consider the fact that they can’t even conceive of getting a sexually transmitted disease despite being sexually active, it should be obvious that they won’t be able to grasp less immediately relevant changes in the social environment.

“Isn’t it fun how they left these balloons in our rooms for us!”