Thursday, January 27, 2022

Overcoming the Differences in Generation Gap

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Overcoming the differences

Generation gap
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Generation gap – Something that has most often affected us in different aspects of life.

The present-day movies, their songs, anything that makes us jump and dance on the floor; they definitely don’t like it. They comment things like: ‘Ajkal ke gaano mei sirf Ishq, pyaar, marna aur chuhe kaate jaise kapde pehenke naachte hai. Isko tum log gaana kehte ho? Asal gaana tho purane zamane mei hua karta tha‘. Haha!!

May it be the style and the kind of dresses we want to buy, may it be the food and chaats we want to eat in chaat-centres, may it be the hairstyle and haircut we want to have, or the course you want to choose after your 12th grade. Everything leads to a small nokh-joke between the parents and us. They are influenced by the neighbour’s kids who have great marks and a great job with great salaries or the relatives’ speech for hours together, especially about the importance of studies.

At some point in life, our parents or we have to compromise with the idea of what’s best for us. This is highly affected by the place we grew up in. For years, the surroundings that we live in define the person and us we become individually. The culture surrounding us impacts our life directly. Our parents had mostly grown up with big families themselves, and they cannot accept the fact that we might have to leave the comforts of our house to grow at some point in life.

A big happy family on Christmas
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The generation gap is nothing but the differences between the elders of a family and the younger generations. This generation gap causes conflict and leads to complicated communication between them. There is ‘n’ number of definitions that perceive or explain this concept in a way they feel. This gap results from the development taking place in one’s society and surrounding at a faster pace. Young minds will accept it as their own, whereas our parents and grandparents try to avoid the changes to their level best, where the conflict begins. That is why we know much about social networking and gadgets more than them as according to them, mobile is just meant for phone calls and nothing more!!


There have been differences in matters like our entertainment, political views, religious beliefs, work ethics, choosing a life partner and many more.

We can overcome these differences in simple ways. Parents must make efforts to adjust to the changes instead of holding onto their old ethics. If a parent wants their children to have a stand-in in this fast-growing world where life is a race for the ‘survival of the fittest’, then they cannot afford to lag. Understanding their needs and changing a little if it’s a valid change is crucial.

Grandparents having a nice time with their grandchildren
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Similarly, kids shouldn’t force or make it a  compulsion that all their desires and wishes be fulfilled as we too should acknowledge the struggle our parents go through to keep us happy. So compromising from both the parties is a must for having a peaceful life!!! 

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