Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Why Does Ageism Occur?

Why Does Ageism Occur
We are a capitalistic society in America, Which basically means we all have to earn money and provide for ourselves. This makes us very competitive against each other. Especially with companies are wanting the best workers and workers are wanting the best jobs. So companies often look down on older workers because they are not in their prime condition or they believe they are not as capable as someone younger which is not always true. And since seniors sometimes struggle to earn as much money as they once had throughout their life or lose the ability to provide and take care of their self they are often looked down upon by society. Even though a lot of seniors are still able to provide and take care of them selves they tend to get stereotyped into a category they do not belong in. The fact is we all grow old and we should not cast stereotypes and judgments against seniors, it is the same thing as casting the stereotype onto our future self. These people who are treated as second class citizens were once the workforce and the fathers/mothers of an earlier generation and have helped pave the way for younger generations to come and should be treated with respect.

19 comments:

  1. In the UK it's sort of a mix. I always get old people saying how surprised they are when I offer them my seat at a bus stop or something which is sort of nice, but a little bit presumptuous.

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  2. it probably happens because the stereotype is portrayed so poorly in the media

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  3. Old people are wise... and awesome.

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  4. well said. It is the combination of both stereotypes and the system that cause this kind of discrimination to occur

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  5. It's a vicious circle of ageism that we are in.

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  6. Damn old people taking my seat in the bus :<

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  7. But they (65+) still contribute nothing to society and drain out social security.

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  9. old people can be vry annoying!
    followed

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  10. I wonder...has it always been like this?

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  11. Old people are older young people. It depends on the person, there are cool old people and stupid ole people imo.

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  12. Some old people are just unbearable, others are really nice. I guess it respects your younger personality.

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