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 they can afford them.
The opposition between the generation that holds firm to the traditions of the distant past and the generation that wants to advance with the passage of time bears distinct evidence to the existence of generation gap in today’s world.If we touch upon the problem of morality, we will definitely see that as long as humanity will exist, one and the same problems are going to trouble it – the same ones which were acute in the Ancient Greece, are the ones that adolescents suffer from in the 21st century. No doubt that every further generation while being young is sure that they are the only ones who have ever suffered these very problems, and they will always refuse the advice of the eldest who have already experienced this themselves.And it is the eternal process that brings to light another proof of the existence of generation gap. However, the idea of every new generation being misunderstood by the previous one, of proved by a great number of informal minorities. Here I would like to cite the example of 1967, when Time magazine ran a piece about the hippies in which it described them as “dangerously deluded dropouts, candidates for a very sound spanking and a cram course in civics.
A similar article about flappers, published in 1926, lamented how they didn’t care what their elders thought of them and had no sense of “shame, honour, or duty. ” Go back through the ages and you’ll find similar comments, all the way to Hesiod, who said, “I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on the frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words. ” So, the truth is, that the so-called generation gap is vastly overdramatized, and generations don’t even really exist in the way we’d like them to.In almost every case, what we interpret as features of a cohort, a group defined by some common values and life experience, such as the Great Depression, are really just life-stage effects—traits or values you have in virtue of being a certain age. It’s true that kids today don’t go much for the old institutions, the old ways of doing things. They seem to have little interest in how the country is run and who is doing it. But so what? It isn’t because they are complacent, it is because they are young.
But being young is not a character trait; it is a slice of life, and getting old happens to the best of us eventually. To conclude, it’s important to state that misunderstandings between old and young generations are a pretty real thing, only it has been largely exaggerated over the epochs. It is always possible to find ways to understand each other and bring one generation closer to the other. Thus, in my opinion, we may call generation gap rather a myth than a reality.