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Looking out for what unites us
By Chan Swee Fen | 26 February 2021
When you ask the older generation to describe the millennials, you can expect to hear answers such as:
And what about the millennial’s description of their parents or the older generation? You would probably hear answers such as:
Generation gap: a social phenomenon often defined as a difference in points of view, personal choices, and opinions of different generations that causes conflict between family members.
What are the reasons that bring about intergenerational conflicts?
Let us approach this from the lens of the Baby boomers (1949-1964), Generation X (1965-2000) and the Millennial (post-2000) generations.
Regardless of the era one is born in, the need for security, success and significance are universal and not time-bound. However, the ways of expressing these needs may differ from generation to generation.
Despite the differences in communication styles among the generations, one thing rings true: all generations crave human contact and connection.
Here are some ways the generations can create S.P.A.C.E to build bridges.:
The generation gap has existed for a long time and it can only widen with the rapid pace of change and evolving new technologies. By paying attention to our own biases and focusing on building relationship bridges, we can foster strong and enduring familial relationships.
Downs, Hannah (2019) “Bridging the Gap: How the Generations Communicate,” Concordia Journal of Communication Research: Vol 6, Article 6.
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Swee Fen is an ordinary woman who desires to inspire others to make an extra-ordinary impact through her family life and life skills workshops, counselling training sessions and writing.
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