When my family gets together, you can bet on the fact that there are going to be board games or card games involved.
Things can get kind of intense, especially if the evening includes Dutch Blitz.
One of my nephew's favorites games is Red Flags. The aim is to create the perfect blind date for someone else at the table. The catch is that everyone tries to sabotage your "perfect" person by giving them unflattering characteristics.
The only thing of value this game has taught me is that the generation gap is real. Things that we "adults" dub a big deal, the "kids" shrug off. The best example may be when I tried to sabotage a blind date with a personality trait that involved that person texting entirely in emojis. While my sister-in-law and I found this completely appalling (full sentences with proper capitalization, spelling and punctuation, please!), the kids shrugged it off: Meh. Emojis schmojis.
A survey conducted recently by Goodyear Auto Service and Just Tires found that Americans of all ages really do love their emojis. Their tires, though, seem to be less appreciated.
The survey, which questioned 1,000 drivers, found that roughly half of young drivers could not identify the TPMS warning light. Those same drivers, though, could easily text to let someone know that one or more of their tires are flat, probably without using actual text. The survey noted that about 88 percent of drivers in the millennial and Gen Z generations, could correctly identify common emojis.
Before older generations smugly shake their heads, it should be noted that they don't appear to have done much better. Goodyear said that about 40 percent of all drivers could not identify the TPMS warning light.
The fact of the matter is that too many drivers—of all ages—take their tires for granted. And the survey has other numbers to indicate that's likely the case.