Pew reports that the Generation Gap between adults and youth in the U.S. is wider now than it has been since the 1960s. Here’s a key summary from the report on yahoo.com:
Asked to identify where older and younger people differ most, 47 percent saidand morality. People age 18 to 29 were more likely to report disagreements over lifestyle, views on family, relationships and dating, while older people cited differences in a sense of entitlement. Those in the middle-age groups also often pointed to a difference in manners.
So, if I read this correctly, the survey asked people how the generations differ. Did the survey assume the difference, and then ask, or did they ask IF a difference was perceived, then probe further?
Wither way, I’m a bit skeptical of asking questions of one generation (any generation) to identify how they differ from other generations. Seems to me this begs the question of difference, and probably magnifies it.
I beleive that, for the most part, the generation gap was created for marketing purposes.
So, here is another way to look at the Generation Gap for all of you 30 and ovver:
In what ways and on what subjects do YOUR OWN perceptions, opinions, attitudes, and beliefs differ from when you were an adolescent?
I suspect that if most of us 30+ would deal with this question, there wouldn’t be nearly as much gap between “us” and “them.”