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Today, just 13% of Americans are ages 65 and older.Perched on the front stoop of old age, Baby Boomers are more downbeat than other age groups about the trajectory of their own lives and about the direction of the nation as a whole.
Boomers are latecomers to the digital revolution, but are beginning to close their gadget and social media gap with younger generations.
Some of this pessimism is related to life cycle – for most people, middle age is the most demanding and stressful time of life.
Some of the gloominess, however, appears to be particular to Boomers, who bounded onto the national stage in the 1960s with high hopes for remaking society, but who’ve spent most of their adulthood trailing other age cohorts in overall life satisfaction. Fully 80% say they are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the country today, compared with 60% of those ages 18 to 29 (Millennials); 69% of those ages 30 to 45 (Generation Xers) and 76% of those 65 and older (the Silent and Greatest Generations), according to a Pew Research Center survey taken earlier this month.
In fact, the typical Boomer feels nine years younger than his or her chronological age.
On a range of social issues, Baby Boomers are more accepting of changes in American culture and mores than are adults ages 65 and older, though generally less tolerant than the young.
And a higher share of Boomers than older Americans (but not younger ones) say they have cut spending in the past year.