My parents love to talk about the generation gap and how they couldn’t understand why my brothers and I were doing the things we were doing – the fact that we each had to have our own cell phones by 14 years old, demanded that we be able to stay out late (read: 12am), and absolute privacy when we were on our ICQ accounts (who still remembers that?)
Compared to kids nowadays the actions mentioned above are so trivial.
I always thought that I would never be out of touch with the next generation, nor I would start complaining about the generation gap, but here I am, asking questions such as:
- Why do kids need iPads when they are 2 years old? (I asked my dad this when he gave my niece an iPad when she was 2)
- Why do parents spend so much money on everything baby related? With new clothes every week, vacation trips, tech gadgets, an unlimited toy collection, organic baby food and more, we live in an era where people just keep buying things. I would say that these babies will likely become hoarders or shoppaholics after they grow up.
- Bringing it closer to my age group (I’m in my late twenties) and comparing it with the teens nowadays…why am I constantly hearing news stories of teens being high while at school (they take drugs during class), having possession of guns (the 5-year-old who accidentally shot his 2-year-old sister?), and protesting about anything and everything under the sun?
These are all things that I am working to understand. The world and its living standards have sure changed since I was a kid. What was considered a luxury during my childhood years is now a necessity, like food and water. Ask your kid what they would do without their phone/iPad/computer.