Exploring Generational Differences

We all come from different perspectives and different generations, yet we all find ourselves in a society forced to deal with the differences of others. Each individual has certain personal and lifestyle characteristics that are consistent with each generation. Generations are defined by what they experience together. In order to understand the various generations we need to figure out a way to find similarities and differences and judge people by their competence.

People in all generations have misconceptions about “how they are or should be.” This is a generalization about what any given generation should be and is not fair to the people in that particular generation.

Generational Differences Example

An example of how people think in various generations is illustrated by this story: A thirty-year-old lawyer tells a client that she thought her generation would never get Medicare as the country “will be bankrupt by then. “She is very despondent about the future. The lawyer goes on to say that, even among her own generation, there is a lack of trust in each other to work as a generational group and to lobby for political change.

She goes on about the lack of trust to work together as a group in order to promote positive change, because she says that her generation extends to a lack of individual trust among her own friends and even with her own husband. Her closing comment was “It’s a ‘dog eat dog world out there-each of us is on his own.’ Many of my friends feel we can only trust ourselves.” This commentary is based on the lawyers’ words. How sad is it that, in a world connected with social media, cell phones, and media blasts, this degree of isolation is felt by an educated member of the newer generations?

Many of us have been on the receiving end of generational misunderstandings people experience with each other. The younger generation may not have considered why their parents felt that authority meant something to them. The idealistic baby boomer may not understand why their children use cell phones and texting rather than calling on the telephone.In later generations, this no longer seemed to hold true. Are we intentionally different? Instead of suspending judgment and seeking to understand, why don’t we choose to hear what others have to say first? One generation feels that it works well to be part of a team where everyone has something valuable to say, and that, then, binds us together.

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