Whether it is the nature, technology, or some other worldly event that’s directly responsible for generation gap, the truth is that it is gaping fast. And because children and parents can never see the world in the same light, we decided to put down some of the salient differences between how we and our parents saw the world differently.
1. Major decisions about their lives were taken by the family, collectively. Thankfully, we have a “FREE WILL”
Like most of their decisions, the decision of whom to marry was also left in the hands of the family. We live a more independent life, where we are free to make our own choices.
2. They had a lot of patience; they could wait for things; we are a restless bunch and want everything at the click of a button
They stood in long queues to pay bills, to buy movie tickets, and all we do is click a few buttons on the internet and our work’s done.
3. We don’t look at our lives in a linear wavelength; for our parents life had a definite sequence
School, college, marriage, kids and old age. Yes, the years for us will come somewhat in the same sequence, but our generation lives in spontaneity of the moment, and our lives aren’t a well defined sequence of events anymore.
4. Our parents were hard bent on finding a job; we are hell bent on finding a passion
Financial stability gave meaning to the lives of our parents. Today, a bright future awaits us, where the meaning of our life lies in pursuing our passions.
5. Their relationships were defined by a commitment to marriage; our relationships are grounded in respect and honesty
Yes, Indian parents are going to pester you with questions like “when are you going to get married?” and that they want to see their grandchildren born before dying, but it’s not so simple in our heads.
6. For us, money is meant to be spent; for our parents money has mostly been meant to be saved
Indian economy wasn’t doing so well when they were young. Means were few in number and salaries, very low. For them, providing for the family was the first and last priority.
We want laptops, gadgets, high speed internet, half-yearly vacations and so much more.
7. Travelling for them is always a family affair, whereas “Travelling for ourselves and by ourselves” is the motto of the y-gen
We’re the kind of people, who will pack our bags and head out to the Himalayas only because someone just pissed us off and because we need to get out this place right now.
8. Our old folks generally take ages to make decisions; we’re high speed decision makers
The oldies can’t stop procrastinating. Our lives are on high speed lane. We can’t afford taking too long to decide on something.
9. Our parents lived on faith and beliefs; we survive on logic and reasons
Most people from our parent’s generation are believers and we modernists are not exactly non-believers, but we demand reason. Most of us are philosophers of some kind.
10. For our parents, resources have always been scarce; for us, every grain of sand is an opportunity to capitalize upon
Money, electricity, job opportunities, brands, and everything else has always been scarce for our parents. We have an abundance of everything. Except clean air and water.
11. Our parents are mostly a contented lot; gen-y thinks to be a part of the bigger scheme of things
They accepted things as they came to them. We want to defy, everything including poverty, mediocrity, resistance, bondage and be part of something larger than life.
12. They yearn for green pastures and a return back to their roots; we like high rising sky scrapers, super fast cars, happening cities and technology
And they think their times were better. In our times, every second is filled with excitement. No physical boundaries can define who we are and what we want.
13. For them, bunking college to watch movies was the limit, and for us hacking websites isn’t enough
They were born to sticker parents than us, and we will have kids, for whom the world will be an open playground.