February 21, 2009 8:49am CST
Hi mylotters some few days I have started to observe the older generation of mine for example my parents and grandparents and along with them myself, my husband and my sister. Whenever a discussion arises there will be some sort of differences in the opinions. But some how my parents's and grand parents's opinions will be some what same but we the younger once will have entirely the other opinions by this I noticed that our elders are not ready to take advise from the younger ones though its the real fact and true but instead they argue with their opinions though its wrong in some cases. I think this is because of generation gap. what do you think? share with me.
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• Lucknow, India
23 Feb 09
A generation gap has always existed and always will i guess. It is one of the age old problem that we always try to get rid of but are never sucessfull at. I think it crops up because there is too much difference between the two parties. One way to mitigate it i guess is to talk it out and find some middle ground. Other way might be to show them that the newer way is better than the previous methods used. Sometimes in the difficult situations, it is best to go along with them for a little while and slowly change their mindset. The older generation will only be able to change their thinking only if they are willing to do so. It cannot be forced.
22 Feb 09
There may be what we call 'generation gaps' but this doesn't mean that one generation is right while the other is wrong. It also doesn't mean that there are 'superior' generations. I think what matters here is that though times do change, ideas of before cannot apply to today's problems, so as ideas before have absolutely made the idea of yesterday obsolete. However, because of the contrast of things right now from how they were back then, I think the older ones 'miss' the things they've had in their yesteryears while the new generation now can't appreciate how things were before because they haven't actually lived it. I am a curious type of a person that's why I love talking to older people. Grandparents, and other older people supply me the answers to my questions of how things were in the past. And it's a delight to find out how they lived back then. As for the arguments, I think it's okay to argue, as long as we know to respect the old ones because indeed they know better (specially when it comes to relationships). And that perhaps we might learn from them. Age indeed gives us more knowledge. I think generation gap only exists if a person stops learning and sticking in his/her generation in terms of ideas. This is why there are arguments.
22 Feb 09
its very natural friend...generation gap always exsist and its becoz the older gene speak out of their experiences, the younger lot speak of new things and new ways, there should be understanding between the two and also there should be acceptance to some extent between the both generations. The youngers should think that what elders are saying, should be right and also elders should not think that they are alwasy right, they should also accept some good changes, as nothing is forever in life, it keeps changing and we should have that spirit, that makes life easy and compatible.
22 Feb 09
there is huge generation gap exists in our familly. my grand parents, parents always give some openion which are not accepted by us. because the recent generation are very much modern and they have a good knowledge about technology. the past generation do not have so much knowledge about it. so there is always a caos remains between the two renerations. what do you think?
22 Feb 09
Hello Chaitra, You have brought up a very interesting topic. We all feel this at our homes all the time. In fact, recently we purchased a new television and all four of us, i.e. my parents, my brother and myself suggested four different directions to place that in the drawing room!! Times are changing and we will be constantly facing these conflicts. Elders have an ego, especially our grandparents and they think accepting the advice from a younger person, may be a teenager is totally unacceptable. They are convinced that the present generation is a bunch of fools so we cannot think four ourselves. However, there are a lot of teenagers these days who indulge in foolish activities and act irresponsibly. It is all about striking a balance in the thoughts. Being prejudiced would never help.
21 Feb 09
Hi there ... Yes of course ,its generation gap,but also its to do with a little ego.Back then during their time it was to listen whatever the elder says and the younger to agree with what the elder says.This was because they did not have much of the information gathering capacity .But with the advent of Information technology and many networking sites and answering sites we get the absolute and accurate knowledge.So when we try to convey they as elders don't feel at ease to agree with our opinions,thats why there is confrontation. But we need to respect their opinion ,and when right mood comes to them we can clarify them,though they are poor in IT ,they are absolutly good in patience and stress management which this Fast Paced generation has lost. Cheers
• Bangalore, India
21 Feb 09
yes vishwas I agree with you but our elders are not ready to accept the technology. I respect their opinion a lot. Though they lack new technology they are simply genius. They have more knowledge than us but some time they might say wrong. Thanks for sharing happy myloting.