While the majority of adults view teenagers with a mixture of fear and contempt, the majority of pensioners look upon them with considerable sympathy – almost certainly because of the wide range of factors they have in common.

For instance, both teenagers and pensioners receive paltry incomes, are regularly patronised by others, spend a lot of time on the sofa, generally have their opinions and concerns ignored, dress badly and enjoy skateboarding.

The current generation of teenagers is expected to conform to an ever more narrow-minded set of social mores and in return, they have to endure school proms, texting and sexting, twerking, wearing the right trainers, spots, boy bands, social media, fat, brat and prat camps, student loans, pizza, bullying and puberty.

Encouragingly, when asked in a recent survey what they wanted to be when they were older, 62% of teenagers said ‘pensioners’, while 36% said ‘pensioners who are famous’ and 1% said ‘pensioners who are in boy bands’.