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Updated on January 12, 2018

Generation gap- a difference in tastes, beliefs and values. Many a times there are conflicting beliefs between the young and the aged. This is nothing but a generation gap which have developed due to certain different factors. Although generation gaps have been prevalent across many centuries, the gap has been much wider in the 20th and 21st century. Advances in different fields have made youngsters go through a different path than that of their elders. The term 'generation gap' was first described in the 1960s.

Having different opinions and beliefs makes a generation isolated from the other and hence people nowadays tend to be less sociable as was seen in the past.

The lessons of the past are ignored and obliterated in a contemporary antagonism known as the generation gap.

— Spiro T. Agnew

Distinguishing features

The gap between two generations can be developed because of many differences like taste in music, political views, religious views, beliefs and opinions regarding many things.

1. Technological advances

It's no doubt that the newer generation is far more advanced in terms of technology. Science is discovering new things everyday and the newer generation is fascinated by all the discoveries made today. Today everyone is fascinated by the electronic gadgets, new video games and the digital society. Hence the people finds these things interesting and want to spend their time learning all the stuffs about technology. This has definitely created a wider difference between the people of older generation and the youngsters.

2. Language usage

As seen today, use of language is also something which have created a difference between people. The youngsters adopt a new lingo in their language with maximal usage of slang words which make communications difficult and thus make people socially isolated. Language is the most important factor in defining a man's character and the reality of the surroundings.

3. Difference in opinion

Conflicting opinions, nowadays, are very commonly seen in conversations among different groups of people. This is because the values under which the newer generations have grown up is very different. The people today see everything with broader perspectives and have a wider knowledge of things which did not matter before. Therefore conversations often end up in between with no proper conclusions because of these differences. Same is the case in political and religious views. The superstitions which people believed before is seen as myths by today's generation and very few people believe in it now.

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.

— George Orwell

Technological advances has the greatest impact in the formation of generation gap. Do you agree?

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Generational issues in a family

Family values and dynamics have undergone a major change over the past 60 years. Today's lifestyle of a family is very different from that of the old lifestyle where only the men go out for work. It is no doubt that it will see changes in the future too as well. Earlier different members of the family were treated differently, for example, children were given less importance and were seldom heard by the elders. In today's family, the younger ones are given an opportunity to voice their opinions and are heard. Thus they do not feel inferior and isolated.

Effects of generation gap

The differences in opinion, values, beliefs between any two person do not have a positive consequence for sure. The discussion would rather end up with no proper conclusion or minor verbal fights. As in the case of old and new generation, discussions often get boring or uninteresting due to various differences. Thus two generations drift apart from each other emotionally with no common interests. Arguments over silly matters disturb the peaceful premises of a house or a locality. Not being able to understand each other may sometimes lead to abandonment of the people of the house. Getting together at any social event also becomes difficult.

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Reducing the gap

To bridge the gap, we need to not only try to see another person's perspective but also try to adjust with them. The more the advances in every field, the more will be the generation gap. No matter there will always be differences between new and old generation, but the only thing we need to do is listen and justify each others opinion rather than creating a conflicting situation.


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    • Ankita B profile imageAUTHOR

      Ankita B 

      9 months ago

      Yes, that's true. Reducing the growth of population to a sustainable level is becoming one of the important issues today.

    • Jay C OBrien profile image

      Jay C OBrien 

      9 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Generally, each generation adds people to create a larger and larger population. We now have 6 billion people in the world. It is time to train the newest generation in Birth Control and reduce total population to a "Sustainable Level." (One billion?).

      If we continue population growth, the next generation will run out of drinkable water and farmland.


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