The most common dialogue which I tell my mom is “Generation gap mom you have to adapt” whenever my thoughts, opinions do not match hers.
One day, I sat beside my mom and told her that I want to dye my hair brown, for which her sudden reaction was, no why do you want to dye your hair natural color is looking nice on you.
Not only this there are several other incidents which happened to me like :
1)Wearing a short dress:
This happened to me maybe twice or thrice when I wore a short dress and went in front of her, she became an overprotective mom and told me to change the dress immediately as it was too short.
2)Shopping for clothes:
When I go shopping with my mom for clothes, she selects clothes which I don’t like and vice versa, and there is a huge argument which happens between us for finalizing of clothes.
3)Excess use of digital media:
If I use digital media in excess due to some work, there comes a dialogue from my mom “stop using your mobile, you have used enough till now”.
These can be considered as being protective but we label it as the Generation gap.
I know that not only me but you also could relate to me.
TYPES OF GENERATION
“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
BY THE NUMBERS:
- Baby Boomers: born 1946 to 1964.
- Generation Jones: born 1955 to 1965.
- Generation X: born 1965 to 1980.
- Xennials: born 1977 to 1983.
- Millennials: born 1981 to 1996.
- Generation Z: born in 1997 or after.
- Generation Alpha: born 2010 or after
From the above graph, we can see that people have come from different generations therefore, they have different mindsets and views and it may take time to change or it may not change at all.
How to reduce the generation gap:
This is the question that I always had how will I make my mom adapt to the latest trend?
We always think that our parents are too old-fashioned and cannot change, therefore we never try to explain them and stop the conversation by one common dialogue, you won’t understand leave it.
But if we try to explain them, and they try to listen to you without arguing, then we can reduce the generation gap. Not only the youth here but parents should also understand and move along with the latest trend.
It’s ok to be protective, but instead of stopping if elders try to calmly talk to them: be careful (if they stay out for a long time), it may harm your eyes so try to reduce the usage of phone(excess use of digital media), but if they stop them then we’ll (youth) start arguing and never listen.
also if we set out our conversations and explanations, then we can have no issues with them.
The generation gap arises due to differences in the perceptions between the people. If we change the perception then we can reduce the bridge formed.
Try doing this and observe the changes, and also pin down some of the incidents that took place with you due to the generation gap would love to know about it.