Generation Myth – Is It a Gap or Does It Really Exist?
It’s well known that new time demands new way of thinking. New way of thinking demands new way of acting. New way of acting arouses misunderstanding on the part of older generation. People usually get used to certain things and some dead small changes can frighten them. Thus, trying to avoid the negative feeling of fear older people try to avoid new trends and spirits of the time. On the other hand, youngsters are eager to introduce some desperately new and young-eyed decisions in order to gain a foothold. In other words, young people want to be creative, bright and want to place themselves on record. As a result, old traditions contradict with new trends and a problem of generation gap shapes up. Still, today, in the 21st century, when high technologies bring generations close to each other, we are able to talk more of technical gap than of a generation one. So, is generation gap a myth, or does it really exist?
First of all, it’s common knowledge that the appetite of the 21st century man for knowledge, wealth, success, prosperity, power and physical comfort is stronger than that of the men of the previous centuries. For example, a man of present generation with a scientific bend of mind considers everything from a logical point of view, while his elders do not welcome his innovative ideas – they rather try to impose their superstitious beliefs upon him. What’s more, a man with modern education hates to abide by old-age prejudices and customs which clutch the minds of the elderly. Today’s youth are more versed with technology than their parents and grandparents. Although it has always been like that, it shows itself the strongest in our century. The youth wish to be equipped with desktops, their hands – to grip high-end cell-phones, and ears – to be plugged with earphones of ipods and ipads. Some parents who lead back-dated lifestyle do not always understand these needs of their children, even if...
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