Young People Have Different Ideas and Attitudes than Their Parents and Grandparents.

Young People Have Different Ideas and Attitudes than Their Parents

Young people have different ideas and attitudes than their parents and grandparents. What are the differences, and what problem may it cause?


In a rapidly developing world, having differences in thoughts and viewpoints of children from their parents and grandparents is obvious. Most of the time, these differences pertain to their dependence on technology for ideas, relationships, career choices, and health. Sometimes, these differences lead to many issues. This essay will discuss the differences in ideas and attitudes of the younger generation from their elders followed by the problems resulting from it, in subsequent paragraphs. 

There are innumerable differences in the opinions and mindset of young people from the older people in their house to commence with. First and foremost, there is a huge difference in how older and younger people generate their ideas. To elaborate, most young people rely on internet sources to generate their ideas, while older people generate their thoughts from the personal experiences they have gained over the years. As not all the information provided on the internet is correct, the thoughts or ideas generated by older people are usually better.  To Exemplify, inventors like Newton and Thomas Edison benefited us by generating ideas from their experiences and stories. Furthermore, the approach of the younger people towards relationships and marriages are rather casual and carefree. They are more self-centred and insist on having space in a relationship, while people from older generations consider relationships like marriage as a sacred institution. Moreover, career choices are another evident difference between young people and their parents. To clarify, most of the time, parents discourage their children’s entrepreneurial ambitions as parents want their children to have a safe and secure source of income. Still, the young generation wants to explore their ideas on business and does not mind taking risks. Health is another area where the children from their elders. Most older people prefer to have healthy eating choices and exercise to spend a healthy life, and the younger generation does not give much importance to health.

While it is common to have different opinions on children and their parents – sometimes it leads to many problems. Primarily, the over-dependence of youngsters on the internet will impair their ability to be innovative. In addition, the non-serious attitude of young people towards relationships results in unstable families in which their children suffer the most. Needless to say, that stable families are the foundation of a healthy society. Also, having an unhealthy lifestyle, which is quite common among young people, appear to older adults, leads to various health problems like obesity, diabetes, hypertension and stress.  As far as career choices are concerned, conflicts between the parents and the children lead to strained relationships. To illustrate, according to research done by the University of Oxford in the USA in 2015 on 1500 young people of age between 20 to 30 years revealed that about 70% of youngsters agreed that they are not having a good relationship with their parents as they think they were not allowed to follow their dreams and pursue the career of their choice by their parents.

To encapsulate it can be concluded that although the views and opinions of the youngsters are different from their parents and grandparents on many aspects including thoughts, relationship, career choices and lifestyle, there is need for both young people and their parents to put their best foot forward together to resolve this problem.

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