by Kenneth Justice
There are some things that will never change; I will always start my day with coffee, men will always pretend they didn’t notice the ‘hot chick’ as she walked by him and his wife, and there will always be a young Hollywood starlet who flashes her crotch while getting out of a limo……some things are constants in our society…..
but one thing that is changing is the gap between the young and the old; the chasm between the generations is growing exponentially.
Some people might argue the gap between the younger and older generations has been steadily widening since the 1960’s and I would suppose you are correct.
Yesterdays <post> gave me reason to reflect on the changes that have taken place in the past generation.
Millennial’s (those individuals born after 1977) have grown up in an entirely different society. We are all familiar with these differences, Internet porn, Facebook, cell phones, thongs, and school shootings to name just a few.
All of these thoughts confronted me yesterday as I had coffee with one of my coffee acquaintances; ‘Dave’ is 45 and had recently broken up with his 32 year old live-in girlfriend.
“Kenny, man, no more older women for me!” he said with gusto; as though the 32 year old girlfriend was somehow old?
“Nothing over 26, I just can’t stand all the relationship drama man, younger girls just want to have fun, and get it on” he said…..(I’ll leave it to your imagination as to what he really said, ‘get it on’ is my paraphrase)
So without getting lost in the obvious things that we are thinking with regard to my 45 year old ‘friend’ Dave…..there is something that came out of the conversation which I fully agree with Dave on;
Younger women (and men) are much more interested in having fun, in getting it on, than people a few years older.
Dating and relationships for younger people are more about a temporary experience as opposed to a long-term situation that ties them down for life to one person and only one way of life.
With depression booming in Western cultures (especially the U.S.), younger people look at the older generation who are popping Xanax like they are Junior Mints and ask themselves, ‘is that what I really want?”
Whether you are in Europe or North America, unemployment is high, and job satisfaction for the employed is really low……
If you’re a teenager I suspect you spend more time out of your daily week on Facebook, Tumblr, and other forms of entertainment/social media than you probably do studying and working….am I right?
And even if your older…..I suspect you are spending more time than you care to admit out of your daily week on social media as well! Ten years ago you were sitting at coffee with people like me in face-to-face conversations, but now, gone are those days and they have been replaced by Tweets and Facebook updates.
Yet it was only a few years back that young adults had the Baby Boomer mentality of putting in a hard-day’s work and staying abreast of current events, the News, and other forms of intellectual pursuits……
Most concerning to me is not the changes that have taken place; change is inevitable. Rather, I am concerned with the near total lack of communication between the ages; young people and old people spend far less time connecting and communicating.
So where does this leave us?
Honestly……I really don’t know.
Change is inevitable….its going to occur…..and change is not always a bad thing.
But I wonder…..are the changes taking place in Western societies the kind of changes that we want; are they the kind of changes that are good for our society?
The aroma of coffee is in the air so its time for a new cup,
Categories: Culture & Society