As the year passes by, the lifestyles also change along with people. The lifestyle which is followed 10 years back is said to be old fashion now, There arises a huge generation gap. A generation gap is appearing to be difference in their opinion, beliefs, politics and values. Some people strongly believe in difference while others call it as myth. In today’s situation generation gap is a huge gap between youth and their parents or grandparents.
There are nearly 7 generations as follows:
- The Greatest Generation (born 1901–1927)
- The Silent Generation (born 1928–1945)
- Baby Boomers (born 1946–1964)
- Generation X (born 1965–1980)
- Millennials (born 1981–1995)
- Generation Z (born 1996–2010)
- Generation Alpha (born 2011–2025)
Each generation differ in their attitude, behavior and habit. Many things which are followed by our ancestral are not followed by us now. For example; those days people use rickshaw, cycles, jeep or animals to travel or to carry their carriage. But today transportation has developed till flight. Even the dressing style changed, saree is the traditional wear in India but nowadays nearly more than half of the women switched to other clothes like salwar, jeans and many more. In India the saree sales has reduced drastically compared to last 20 years, even dhotis became old fashion. Many people dressed up in these clothes during traditional festivals.
In those days, mostly there were joint families, the main occupation of them is agriculture, they spent most of their time with their family and they had their own farm and fresh air. Many people get low income, as there are only few millionaires. There were only few number of school and many women remain uneducated. No night outs, no parties, no mobile and no internet. The only way of communication is letter through post or telephone which will be available only in some houses. But today as the education facilities increased the literacy level also increase because of that many people quit agriculture and they started working for a company, the annual income of an individual has also increased.
Nearly 50 years ago there were many damns and canals. Agriculture predominately depends on monsoon. Natural fertilizers are used and there is less use of mechanization. There were many healthy foods and less disease. When people want to go somewhere they used to walk for many miles. As the technology developed, there are many new inventions which would help people to do their day to day more quickly. Machines play a vital role in human life. Mobile with internet brings everything into our hands. People can browse anything which they want to know and explore new things. It also creates distances inside the family. Online banking saves more time. Communication becomes easier.
This generation people are having a new kind of lifestyles and they think those things which are followed by their parents or grandparents as old fashion. They may have many conflicts because of generation gap. Some people adapt with the new generation while others find it difficult to fit themselves with this generation. When the parents asked their children to follow the old method they are not ready to do it. Nowadays children have more knowledge about technological terms than their parents as because their parents were illiterate. There were many first generation learners.
Even though every generation has their own opinion and habits everyone is united by life. Every generation has their own valuables lessons to teach the next generation. The younger generations has much more to learn from their parents and grandparents. Even if the days goes by, there are still some things which remains the same like planting trees as they can only give unlimited oxygen.