So. I'm back again with another non-scientific theory! (If you missed it, my first one was the Theory of Relative Cuteness. I'll wait here while you go read that post.)
Welcome back! So, in my non-scientific opinion, I would like to hypothesize that old people like change a lot more than young people do. I call this: The Theory of Coin Importance.
At my job, people come up and pay for photocopies fairly regularly (it's $0.10 a page). So, if someone has $0.30 worth of photocopies, they tend to give me a quarter and a dime - 35 cents. Older people will stand there pleasantly while I ring this in, and then they will accept their nickel in change. Younger people will give me the $0.35 and then leave before I've even rung it in.
This is because, I think, younger people (myself included) kind of don't care about coins. They are these kind of heavy, annoying things that make your wallet heavy. You never have the right amount of them when you need them.
Whereas old(er) people, less accustomed to using debit for everything, quite literally see the value of their money.
When I used to work at a grocery store (in the mid-1990s), I would think it was so funny at first when people used a credit card or debit to pay for like, $1 worth of stuff. Who was doing this? Younger people. And then, having seen how commonplace this was, I stopped feeling silly using debit myself for smaller amounts.
|Swipe and pay! The future is now! |
The only thing we need is to have debit cards implanted in our fingertips for ease of use
Is it that older people don't trust debit? Is it that they prefer cash? I just never carry cash around (yes, I know Gail Vaz-Oxlade says you're supposed to; I am just paranoid about being robbed. Don't judge.) and when I do find a $20 in my pocket, I'm like, "Yes! Free money!" and then I spend it.
So, I don't know. Maybe devaluing the physical currency is part of what's led people down the road to so much debt.
Another memory: when I was about 10 (the same time when I was blowing my lottery winnings on Archie comics and gum), I didn't have cash one day at the drugstore and so I was like, "Can I use my bank card?" and the clerk was like, "Child, please. Of course not. This is not the space age." And so I had to go across the street, withdraw money, and run back to buy my comics. Kids these days? Would not have had this problem. This is one of the many ways in which I was ahead of my time (the other ways: I was using the internet by 1990. I could HTML code by 1993. I kept wondering why more businesses didn't have websites by 1996. I bought leggings in 2001.)
|That's right. I was using computers back when they took up ENTIRE ROOMS!|