20 Fears Boomers Had in Their Childhood That Still Persist to Date

Ephraim Obare
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Welcome to the past—a time before smartphones, where the fear of Y2K loomed large and “be kind, rewind” was a golden rule to live by. Yes, we’re talking about the good old days of the Baby Boomers, an era marked by significant change and, let’s admit it, some pretty unforgettable fears.

From the anxiety-inducing “duck and cover” drills to the horror of finding a Beatles record in your child’s possession, Boomers had their share of spine-tinglers. And guess what? Much like those rock-n-roll records, some of these fears have managed to stick around. So buckle up as we journey through the looking glass and explore 20 fears that originated in Boomer childhood and persist to date. It’s going to be one heck of a nostalgic ride!

Nuclear War

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The Cold War era left a profound impact on the boomers. The fear of nuclear annihilation, with school drills and fallout shelters, was a real and present danger.

Polio

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This disease paralyzed many in the pre-vaccine era, leaving an indelible fear of debilitating illness, a fear rekindled by the current pandemic.

Flying

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Plane crashes were sensational news events that instilled a fear of flying, which is still felt by many boomers.

The Dark

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Perhaps from watching too many old monster movies by flashlight under the bed covers.

Strangers

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The milk carton stories of missing children imprinted a fear of strangers that endures.

Climate Change

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A modern-day fear, but the boomers were the first generation to grow up with warnings about it.

Robots Taking Over Jobs

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This fear has been compounded by recent advances in artificial intelligence, making the future of work even more uncertain. The automation scare of the 20th century still resonates in the workplace.

Public Speaking

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Who doesn’t have this fear? But boomers might have been one of the first to have it diagnosed as a phobia.

Cybersecurity

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This fear has become more pressing with the rise of cyber criminals and their ability to break through even the most secure networks. The internet brought a new set of fears, including identity theft and online stalking.

Inflation

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Boomers have lived through significant economic downturns, instilling a persistent worry about money.

Aging

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As the generation faces the prospect of ‘aging out’ of a youth-oriented culture, boomers have always feared growing old.

Overpopulation

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The boomers were the first to grow up with warnings about the Earth’s carrying capacity.

Lack of Social Security

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Social Security is a source of worry for many boomers, who fear their retirement money won’t be there when they need it. Will there be enough in the pot for everyone?

Home Invasions

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The idea of strangers entering your home uninvited is a troubling fear, especially for boomers. Home invasions are a real risk that many boomers take seriously—a fear fueled by rising crime rates during their formative years.

Losing a Child

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This is a fear that all parents share, but it’s particularly acute for boomers who’ve lived through the tragedy of losing children to illnesses or accidents. The thought of outliving one’s child is almost too much to bear.

Loss of Independence

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The gradual decline of physical and mental health can be a terrifying prospect for boomers. Common concerns include increasing dependence on family members or medical professionals, declining mobility, and the fear of losing one’s independence—a fear of losing the ability to care for oneself.

Being a Burden

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This fear of becoming a burden can be particularly acute for boomers, who may worry about how their children or family members will manage if they cannot care for themselves.

It’s not uncommon for seniors to avoid seeking medical help out of concern that they will become a financial and emotional burden on their loved ones. Related to the fear of loss of independence, this is a concern about being a burden to one’s children.

Outliving Savings

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A financial fear that has increased with increasing life spans. However, with long-term care insurance and other flexible retirement options, there are many strategies for ensuring seniors can pay for the care they need without burdening their families.

Death

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An existential fear shared by all generations, but made more acute as boomers age. It’s natural to worry about leaving loved ones behind, and many seniors struggle with the thought of being gone from their families.

But death can also be seen as a cause for celebration — it marks the end of a person’s life journey and brings comfort through reuniting with beloved friends.

Being Forgotten

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The idea of being forgotten can be a difficult one to grapple with. No matter how well-known or respected someone is, they are ultimately mortal, and people will eventually forget them.

However, this doesn’t mean that their legacy has to be erased; many seniors have found ways to ensure their memories live on through photos, stories, and keepsakes.

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  • Ephraim Obare

    Ephraim Obare is a versatile member of the Frenz Hub writing team, bringing a rich background in economics to his work. An avid swimmer, reader, and cyclist, Ephraim blends analytical insights with his diverse interests.

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