Influence of New Technologies in the Generation Gap

1088 WordsApr 4, 20125 Pages
Generational gap refers to the differences between a younger generation and their seniors. Each generation developed in a different period, with different ways of living and with different ideals. Although these differences have been present throughout history, old generations have to be confronted at the cultural change which affects the actual society, particularly with the new generations X and Y. The basic purpose of this paper is to show that the development of medias and new technologies have a great influence on the Generation Gap. All these improvements have widened the gap between two particulars generations, the Baby Boomers and their grandchildren who compose the generation Y. In the following pages we will first look at the…show more content…
The enlargement of instant communication technologies is manly based on the internet, such as email, texting, and IM, but the importance of new medias like YouTube and social networks like Facebook, MySpace or Twitter also simplify the communication through technology for the young generation. In the actual society, the Baby Boomers seem to be outdated in comparison to the technological revolution which affects the new ways of communication. Nevertheless, these two generations remain close to each other and very similar about certain points. According to a study by the Harvard Business Review, “they tend to share many attitudes and behaviors that set them apart from other generations” (Hewlett, Sherbin and Sumberg: “How Gen Y and Boomers Will Reshape Your Agenda”). Baby Boomers and Generation Y share vision and values, because they have the same sense of responsibility to make a positive contribution to the society. The balance between the work and the personal is very important to both generations, because they want to take time in their hobbies, passions and some leisure. Generation Y needs attention, praise and reassurance. They look at Baby Boomers as mentors, and these latter want to protect and guide the young generation, particularly when they interact in a work place. Generation Y may benefit greatly from mentors who
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