generation gap

Generation Gap, 1

“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company. They gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.”

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1. There is a generation gap between my generation and my parents’ generation. True or false?

2. Do your parents tell you, “When I was your age, we didn’t have TVs or computers. I had to walk 5 kilometers to school. I had to work very hard to help support my family; we didn’t have time to play . . .”

3. What did your parents tell you about their childhood and youth?

Formative Years, Youth

4. Most athletes, criminals, dancers, pop musicians, actors and actresses, singers, soldiers are young. Why are they young?

5. People’s taste in music and fashion from their childhood and teenage years remain the same throughout their lives. Their tastes don’t change much. True or false? Give examples.

6. Can teenagers be precocious, or “mature” for the age? Do you know anyone like this?

Younger and Older Relationship

7. Husbands are typically older and wives younger. Yes or no? If yes, why are husbands older and wives younger?

8. Do you know any couples who are 20 or more years apart? Why is this? How are they?

9. In your culture, do children look after their elderly parents, or do senior citizens reside in nursing homes / retirement communities? Which is better?

10. Is there a large generation gap, a clash of ideals, values and beliefs, between your generation and your children’s (or the younger) generation? What are some differences? Give examples.

11. There seems to have been a large generation gap between the World War Two Generation and the Baby Boom Generation; but less so between the Baby Boomers and the Baby Boomlets. Do you agree? Explain and give examples.

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