What advantages do kids today have over older generations?

Charlee OwenStarred Page By Charlee Owen, 10th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3p5ozif-/
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Change - what's new? It is inevitable, terrifying and constant. Many fear it. Many try to hide from it. But what, if anything, are older generations missing out on if the do not embrace it?

When asked what advantage do kids today have over older generations my brain was already buzzing.

Well, the obvious answer is the internet of course. I mean on the one hand older generations probably have a far better sense of family togetherness in conversation, sit down meal times etc but evolution doesn’t have to always be a terrifying thing.

Many of the elderly are alone, immobile and stuck in their ways after their families have flown the nest and friends and relatives gradually drift away. They could then, take huge solace from finding on line communities, fresh hobbies and numerous opportunities they can take part in from their own home. Some would argue they may take more comfort in pass times they are more familiar with, yet those who will be brought up with the internet are more likely to take full advantage and find they live their last days in less isolation and loneliness than their ancestors.

The next is perspective. The new generation are becoming more and more open-minded in terms of religion, race, sexuality and gender and although we still have far to go, it is certain youth are being brought up in a far more accepting environment than in the past. Change is more embraced and individuality celebrated in many cultures. The world is becoming smaller & more interconnected which sparks interest in new thinking and freedom of speech. You cannot overlook those who abuse this privilege, but with a wider positive perspective – to be brought up in a society more likely to accept the way of living that makes your time of earth that little bit happier…? It speaks for itself.

The third is travel; on the same basis as the last two points the world is more accessible and cheaper to explore. Although some areas may argue to be ruined by gaudy invasive tourists they also bring national revenue to boost the economy and those who take the time to learn, teach and share fresh cultures are at an incomparable level of life experience and insight to the rest of us.

What is the point of the life if not to take in as much of the beauty, love and knowledge it offer us and those who know how to respect this do not have to be few and far between. Why be limited to the self-constructed boundaries that society and our personal sense of adventure have ingrained in us? Easier said than done as always but to acknowledge this thought, in my opinion, is progress in itself.

So, food for thought, yet even as I’m writing this I cannot help but realise how hard-wired my brain is into thinking through technology.

Yes, the fantastic advantages of fresh opportunities, instant photography & worldwide communication are undeniable, but at the same time you can’t beat flicking through the dying breed of nostalgic photo albums with imperfect exposure and sepia tones; and you cannot ignore the incessant bombarding of branding and media which invade our homes and minds, extending their olive branches much further than they’re welcome; and we can only hope that the kids today still live in a generation where they will look back on the days we sat around the dinner table chatting with our family and playing cards or charades on national holidays.

Change is inevitable.

It is all very well to sit worrying, complaining or yearning for the old days but life is short and nothing lasts forever. Of course it is only a matter of time before the good will turn to greed & overindulgence, but the same scenario litters world history time and time again and we cannot look back with rose-tinted glasses.

Despite everything bad, the world is also breeding people of unspeakable good. As long as you live a life of respect for those around you, appreciation for the genuine beauty in the world and love for the people who care for you, I think you should make the most of every opportunity that comes your way in whatever shape or form. It’s never too late to start living, whatever generation.

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author avatar Denise O
10th Apr 2012 (#)

A well written page young lady. Love the photos, great presentation. I feel we can have a bit of both in our lives. I am sitting here at my computer but, around the corner and in one of my kitchen draws. I have a set of jacks I can sit down with, on the floor and play at any time.LOL
Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Charlee Owen
10th Apr 2012 (#)

thank you so much - wasn't expecting it to get so deep when I started writing haha! But great to know people are enjoying it. Not sure how my mum will feel when she finds all her baby photos on here but hey! x

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
10th Apr 2012 (#)

Nice analysis of the changing times.

Change is inevitable.

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author avatar Charlee Owen
10th Apr 2012 (#)

thank you!

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author avatar Buzz
11th Apr 2012 (#)

Hi, Charlee. I enjoyed reading this. Thank you.

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author avatar Denise Larkin
11th Apr 2012 (#)

A great article.

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author avatar Val Mills
13th Apr 2012 (#)

As you say, change is inevitable and evolution need not be so scary. Interesting page, I enjoyed.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
22nd Apr 2012 (#)

We have to find balance. Accept those that we cannot change, courage to change what we have to and wisdom to know the difference. Thought provoking article, Charlee - siva

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