What is the most common thing that we are habituated to listen to from our elders?
“Humare zamaane mein aisa Nahi hota tha” which translates to ” It never used to be like this in our times”. Simply put they are hinting at the Generation Gap. I am slowly making a place in that league though 😁.
What is the simplest explanation of “Generation Gap”?
Well, my ingenuity 😉 says Generation Gap is the difference between Nokia old model handset and I-Phone 8 ( don’t ask me specifications, I am a loser when it comes to that 😀). Here is a glimpse of what I meant:
Now let’s imagine the older Nokia model be the generation preceding us and the I-Phone being our generation (how stylish!).
Just like the features of a basic phone the thoughts and the lives of previous generations used to be simple yet with strong ideologies. In comparison ours is smart generation with razor sharp ideas but shallow thoughts. Intrusion of technology, quest for logics, paced up lives, virtual connectivity, widening distances (emotionally) are few traits that stand to explain our generation.
Talking about this particular issue reminds me that few days back me and my school friends were having a chat on WhatsApp. We were discussing about the serious environmental issue, pollution to be precise, Delhi is facing. Discussions lead to one after another issues to crop up to be discussed. One of my friend then quoted how bizarre our lives have become. From buying groceries to payment of different expenditures; from sending gifts to wishes – we do everything online. The underlying reason being “an attempt to save time”. But the irony is 24 hours seem to be less. We are always busy and time is always a scarce commodity. All I could do is to stamp her statement with an agreement.
On contrary our parents never had access to all the luxuries (read technology) we are bestowed with. It never mattered what’s the purpose – be it buying groceries or payment of electricity bill, a personal visit to every place is the only option they had. Yet they balanced their work-life-relationships beautifully. How? Well that’s a mystery it seems 😀.
Our over indulgence with technology which includes internet have left us paralyzed to the extent of not imagining our life without it. Flip the picture, the generation preceding us still happy and accommodating enough in the absence of things what we call necessities. They still believe in building and maintaining relationships on personal level. Don’t believe me? Ask your parents about their neighbours, they might be still in touch and we are not even aware who is our neighbour. Who is better connected then?
A generation who doesn’t believe in Repair and Reuse: Well words like Repair & Reuse are used in connection with or as synonyms for Miser. If phone is not working chuck it, so is the case for relationships as well. “Move on” comes comparatively easy than “Repair” or “Give it one more try”. Increasing peer pressure, undue importance attached to show-off and depleting patience levels can safely be accredited to the imbalance in our lives – be it an imbalance between income and expenditures or brittle relationships.
Neverthless, we are proud of our competencies and strongly believe that we have come a long way in making our lives better and comfortable. At the same time we are constantly under an impression that the generation before ours is rigid enough not to accept the good points we have to offer or have offered. In that case we have no right to expect our successors to think differently. This friction is endless.
As I said “Friction is endless”, because view points change from generation to generation. Truth is our lives are complicated in contrast to what we believe. Availability of processed / readymade foods or ability to do online transactions don’t define simple life. Rather emotionally we are entangled and health is anyways screwed up. What else then we can boast of?
How to mend the Gap? Acceptance of follies and seeking a little guidance always helps. It’s not about just learning how to manage time but how to build and maintain relationships that could ease out the complications we are witnessing. And who knows we can pass on few tips too 😀. So next time when you want a recipe ask your mother or mother-in-law rather than quickly turning Google pages. Communication helps to mend the differences and you would see that experience speaks.
Have a good day.