There are certain issues in society which never gets outdated. No matter how modernized you get, howsoever advanced you are, such things never leave you. They remain as the age-old banyan tree and often release their shoots to create new problems. Generation gap will definitely be one of those prevalent issues in society which can never go out-of-date. Have you ever thought why this gap exists? Why you or your previous generation can’t cope up with changing time? If you dig deeper, you will know that this is not a problem of your early generation. You will face the same problem too! If it’s getting tough for you to deal with your father, it will be more difficult to get along with your son. And this is true for all, in every country, in every continent. Let’s have a good read on why the generation gap is such a big issue in society.
What Are the Reasons of Generation Gap?
Your mom doesn’t get why you want to be in a live-in relationship because of generation gap. If you fail to understand what kind of peer pressure your son faces at school, it is also because of the generation gap. Apparently, when two generations find it hard to understand each other, the generation gap is created. And if not mended early, it will spread its branches faster. Knowing the reasons can help you to figure out the solutions too.
- Lack of Communication
You may think your son doesn’t talk to you, doesn’t share things with you. But, you know yourself the most. Do you have that much time to listen to? Have you ever given enough attention to his blabbering? No, right? So, how can you expect he will tell you things in his life? Lack of communication is the main reason that two different generations fail to understand each other.
- Change in Lifestyle
You admit it or not, there is a huge difference in lifestyle between yours and your kids. Time is changing rapidly. To keep the pace with it, you have to change. If you try to pressurize your future generation to follow your footsteps completely, that won’t happen in reality, you know. Rather, if you try to change yourself a bit, it will be easier for the younger generation to understand your points.
- It’s All Technological
Accept it or not, your daughter is advanced in using technology than you. You have to ask her how to operate your new smartphone! Technology has made the entire world quite cozy. That’s why, today’s people get easily influenced by others and like to follow people who are better than them. Besides, too much use of technology is making the youth quite technical. They have little respect for morals, values, faith, etc.
- Definition of Life Is Changing
Finally, this is the greatest reason that is creating a never-ending gap between two generations. What life was to you is not for your kid. You may have let go opportunities to be with your near ones, but your child may not do so. And both of you can’t judge each other on basis of thought process. You both want different things from life. Instead of pressurizing each other and blaming, you should work out on problems and see if there is any solution.
How to Work on Generation Gap
We all know this problem will always be there, more or less. But, why to add fuel to the already burning generation gap in your family? If you try, you can bridge the gap and create a healthy relationship with your previous or future generation-
- Have Clear Communication
No vague thing, no fake thing. Try to communicate more with your family members. There are very few problems which cannot be solved by talking. So, talk more.
- Try to Understand Each Other
Once you do this, you will see half of your problems getting solved just like that. Make one thing very clear to yourself -you are dealing with your close ones. Maybe, they can’t do any good in your life always, but, more or less they don’t have bad intention. If possible, try to understand their points, reason with them calmly and check out if you are going wrong. If these things are not possible, avoid gently.
- Analyse the Situation
You often lose your temper and react disrespectfully. Mind it, that everyone has self-respect. No matter, the person is younger to you, you shouldn’t hurt their ego. Rather, analyze the situation minutely. If you have nothing to do with the situation, just ignore. If you are concerned, understand what the other person is saying and evaluate. Try not to react in the heat of the moment. Rather, start the conversation some other time.
Usually, the problem of the generation gap hurts parents and offspring the most. They often fail to get each other and when they confront, it is like facing aliens. Instead of doing that, if you spend quality time with your family, work on making the bond stronger and have faith in each other, you will see how you can avoid certain unnecessary situations.