Generation Gap Essay

Today there is a wide generation gap between parents and their children. Write an article on the same.

Today, there is a wide generation gap between parents and their children. Write an article on the same.

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anthonda49 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

First you must decide if you agree or disagree with the topic. My thought is that every generation experiences a wide gap just from the changing nature of world events and technology.

Next, collect evidence by brainstorming within yourself, then possibly with some peers and adults. Come up with some points that demonstrate this gap. Some examples I see are students adapt more readily to new advances in technology whereas parents don't because they are too busy making a living to investigate new advances. Consider what a world-wide culture we live in now that wasn't as available to parents because of the Internet and computers. Think about the changes in how students were educated now and then. The influence of mass media is also causing a major change. Methods of communication have changed drastically as well.

In your conclusion, summarize your main points using alternative words, not just repeating what you've said previously. Finally restate your idea about change.

Good luck on your writing. It is an interesting topic.

brettd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Great advice in the above posts, and here are some additional points for you to consider:

"Plugged in" - the idea that today's younger generation cannot likely remember a time when there was not MySpace, IMs, cell phones and text plans means that they are more connected to each other and to electronics than their parents.  Today's parents use technology too, but often signed up for text plans so their kids would respond to them.  This has also affected how young people interact with other people face to face, differently than their parents.

"Hyperinvolved/Work Ethic" - Today's kids are much more likely to be in sports and extracurricular activities - and in multiple ways, than their parents were.  Their parents, on the other hand, were much more likely to work an after school job. Today's parents claim kids have less of a work ethic today, something the older generation values more.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If we are talking about the United States, I would say that there is actually less of a generation gap than in past years.  However, if you have to write an article saying that it is big, I think you should concentrate on the following things:

  1. Technology.  You should write about all the sorts of technology (mobile phones, etc) that teens use today and that their parents are not as comfortable with.  Use examples from your own life if you can.
  2. Attitudes towards different kinds of people.  It is said (in the US) that younger generations care much less about things like race and homosexuality than their parents did.

If you are not in the United States, you could still use the first issue and then just try to think for yourself about ways that you think you and your friends have different attitudes than your parents and their generation.

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that you could probably point to a type of digital divide in support of the statement.  It seems to me that the more technology advances, it seems that younger people have to become more attune to it because their world is defined so heavily by it.  For those who are not as young or not as driven by technology in their work settings, perhaps there could be a lag in being able to grasp technological understanding.  I think that I would suggest that this might be where there could be a digital divide present that helps to exacerbate the generation gap present.  If one was making the argument that there is a generation gap, I think that this might be where the analysis lies.

picturesque | Student

As we are advancing towards modern age the gape between parents and children is widening more and more. There are also some cultural differences. For example in the socities where there is a strong family setup the gape is less as compare to those socities where there is no family system or setup.

And secondly i think the mothers now a days are more interested in their jobs, parties and other social gatherings than their children. So the gape is widening day by day. In order to reduce this gape mothers especially have to play their roles.