И еще одно сочинение о проблеме разрыва поколений (generation gap): Parents and Teenagers
There has probably always been conflict between different generations but today perhaps there is more. Some researchers say the generation gap started to grow wider in the 1940s. Changes in employment and education meant people started marrying later. For the first time in history, the majority of people could enjoy their youth without the responsibility of a young family.
Today, young people are generally more interested in technological and cultural innovations than their parents, and there have been huge changes in the world we live in over the last fifty years. Parents of today's teenagers didn't grow up with the Internet, social-networking sites, mp3 players and mobile phones. Instead they grew up with tape recorders, videos and video games, things their own parents probably found new and strange in turn. Technology is changing so fast that some sociologists think there will soon be mini-generation gaps: people who are fifteen now will probably have a different technological experience to those who will be fifteen in five years’ time.
But the generation gap is about more than an attitude towards technology. People at various stages in their lives have particular goals. Young people want to explore the world, take chances and push boundaries. As people get older they become more focused on their careers, in finding security and then in bringing up a family.
Teenagers also spend more free time with other young people and want to be away from the home environment, trying to avoid contact with with parents. This is natural and it is the way people learn social skills outside the family. But this problem will develop when parents will not show simple interest in what their children are doing, or if their job means they don’t spend much time at home. If each generation focuses on their own interests, there can be a breakdown in communication.
The way to avoid this breakdown is to recognise its causes. Both sides have to treat the other as independent. So. if you want to be understood by your parents then start by talking to them with respect. Explain things. Don't treat them as idiots because they don’t understand technology, or don’t like your music or fashion sense. If you want independence, show your parents you can behave responsibly Parents, of course, have to adapt, too. They need to show an interest in you and not shut their eyes and ears to new things. They must respect your growing independence.
If both generations take these steps, the gap might not disappear completely, but it will certainty get a lot smaller.
Verba volant, scripta manent.
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