The Difference Between The Old And The New Generation

It is pretty clear that there is a difference between the old and the new generation. Everyone has their own view which changes radically from one generation to another. Some changes actually help us move forward while others make our world regress by their impact. So what is happening?

What is the difference between my generation and the current one? Is the impact creating a gap? What has changed in a good or bad way?

Well, each of us is entitled to their opinion. The current generation is not like any other generation I have seen in history. Due to the rise in technology, the world is evolving fast and changing the way most of us do things. Today’s young generation is so used to the technology which they learn very quickly. It could be considered as a benediction, but there are times when it is not appropriate.

The way things worked in my generation, which was the 80’s, has changed drastically. And I do not believe that the ways some things have progressed are for the better. But that is my point of view. If I decided to write this post, it is because of young people laughing at the way a man my age did things.

Today’s generation believes that they are entitled to everything without the need of lifting a single finger. This generation thinks it has the right to being spoon fed all of its desires while those before them worked hard for everything that they do have. And yes, there are pros and cons in all generations.

The Old and New Generation
Some young people were throwing stuff on the ground while there was a trash bin just ten feet away. An older man around my age told them to pick their garbage. One girl picked it all up while the others were laughing and said to the man: “Your generation did also not care about saving the environment.

I am living in Austria, and I admire this country, so I knew this situation would not degenerate into unfortunate circumstances. As I listened to this while I passed by, I realized that even if bio-products did not exist in stores yet, we lived more naturally. These young people were mistaken.

In My Generation
In my generation, we were already recycling. We returned all glass bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the factory to be washed and sterilized and refilled so that it could use the same containers over and over.

Mothers washed diapers made of old clothing because they did not have the throw-away kind we have today. They dried clothes on a line with for only power the wind and sun and not a dryer. Most children, in my homeland, got the old clothes from their older relatives, not new or brand clothing each time.

We had to push a mower with the strength of our arms to make the blades spin instead of firing up a motor that runs on electricity or gasoline just to cut the lawn. In my generation, we were outside all day and exercised by playing sports with others children rather than going to a health club. We did not want to stay inside the house.

More of My Generation
In school, my generation refilled writing pens with ink cartridges instead of getting a new pen. Many of us took a tram or a bus; others used their bicycles to go to school while some of us walked instead of turning their parents into a permanent taxi service.

The old generation met friends face to face to have real conversations rather than texting each other all the time. We walked everywhere, to the store or up the stairs instead of climbing into our car or on a motored skateboard each time we had to go two or three blocks away.

At home, we had only one TV, or radio, not a television in our room. And we had no color or a massive size of today’s TV screen but rather a black and white which could get only three or four channels. When we packed a fragile item to send by post mail, we used an old newspaper to wrap it, which I still do.

Yet, the current generation cries and weeps of how we people of the old generation are. I have nothing against progress, but I am against unbalance in a world where we have everything.

Some Difference about the Old and New Generation
Most of the new generation expects things to be done for them. If something requires some extra effort or focus, they are easily discouraged. But if we want to reach success in this day and age, it is expected us to work to achieve our dreams.

The old generation knows that the world does not owe them squat. It understands that no one else than them can do it and that is their responsibility to make something of themselves. It was a more independent generation.

A Generation of Always Wanting More
The new generation seems always to want more which is not bad. But many do not appreciate the simple things around them. They are very careless and are still trying to get more, rather than being happy with what they have.

The old generation knows that resources are limited and that they have to be more resourceful with what they have. They remember the old times, and it helps them appreciate all that they are given.

No More Punishments
The new generation knows timeout is a small slap on the wrist. In older times, we actually got a beating. The generation of today understands the full advantage of these light punishments. That is why they are tending not to listen after all.

The old generation had it rough when it came to punishment. Just like in the army, through a sports coach or a mentor, there is nothing quite like tough love. It actually beat them into shape and made stepping out of line very frightening, as there were consequences for their actions.

Technology and Generation
What shows that the new generation is less trusting and more reliant on technology is that even after they decide to meet somewhere at a particular time, they still text each other numerous times to confirm or follow-up. Using technology often hinders intuition and instinct like using a calculator instead of mentally counting.

Since mobile phones did not exist yet, it was imperative for the old generation to trust each other. When they agreed upon a time and a meeting at a specific location, they relied on the other person to be there as well.

The New Generation and Social Networks
Nowadays, there is no longer a sense of honor, because most people hide behind a computer screen. In the new generation, there is a considerable amount of haters using social networks to actually handle small or significant issues which I consider to be a weakness.

When you handle issues or hate for no reason over Facebook or Twitter, it just proves that you are a weak person. I just put an ad in one of my groups for teaching Kung Fu, and one hater wrote “Kung Fu clown.” And this for no reason as I have never seen or met the guy before.

Back in the old days, when someone had an issue with you, they would either keep to themselves or personally have the balls to come and confront you. It was the proper way of dealing with stuff. I am not talking about violence which sadly enough, is shown more and more on social media these days.

My Final Word on Generation
The new generation relies too much on the internet and social media for their lives and doing things. It is okay to use it but not to abuse it. My final word is that each generation has its own advantages and downsides, but the most important in all of this is that each generation, old or new, has to give lessons which are valuable for future generation.