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Essay on generation gap- the differences between your generation and others.


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Feb 15, 2011, 01:12am   #
Prompt:Do you believe there is a generation gap? Describe the differences between your generation and others.


As generations come and go, they each possess individual values, attitudes, and goals that strike them apart from other generations. A gap has always been noted between the current generation and the others before it. Acting like a barrier, it keeps the different generations distinct. A number of factors plays a role in the creation of this barrier. The previous generations have played a big role in shaping the newest generation by offering more help to them. Also, my generation seems to have developed a different attitude about life and themselves. Lastly, open mindedness is easily seen among my generation. These numerous aspects all make up my generation and how they live today.

My generation has received more help from the previous generation than they received when they were my age. People from the previous generation did not get things handed out to them. They had to work hard and struggle to earn a nice life. Now since they have achieved this and have the ability to make life easier for their future generations, they provide help for my generation so they would not have to go through the same hardships they had to endure. Also, new and improved technology that has been developed from previous generations has helped my generation tremendously. With tools such as computers, the internet and cell phones, finding new information and communication have been easier than ever. And lastly, previous generations did not have the scholarship opportunities that my generation has today. This also put them at a disadvantage and made them work harder to achieve their aspirations. My generation definitely has it easier and has more opportunities to succeed than the previous generations; however this has caused a difference in attitude among my generation also.

My generation's attitude about life is very unique compared to other generations' attitude. Laziness, selfishness, and greed have infected my generation. Since the previous generations have made life so much easier for us, many do not truly appreciate it and take it for granted. Many members of my generation are entirely self-focused. They only care about what they want and how soon they can get it. Many lack the value of hard work and achievement. It is rare to see someone genuinely work hard for something and not expect it to be dished out to them. Also, they have this mentality that they can do anything they want without consequences or punishment. It seems many members of my generation are under this false illusion. It may relate back to how the previous generation has treated our generation today. It seems my generation today takes the things the previous generation does for them for granted because they did not have to earn it themselves. This attitude sets a distinction between my generation and the others.

The last key factor that makes my generation different is their open mindedness. The older generation seems to be more closed minded to different ideas and viewpoints, while my generation seems to embrace them. The previous generations have stricter mindsets about sex, while my generation is less uptight about it. Also my generation seems more willing to accept ideas of homosexuality, while previous generations are completely against it. Many members of the previous generations seem to be against interracial relationships, while members of my generation do not see anything wrong with it. The previous generation seems to stay strong to what values they have learned and stick with them no matter what, while my generation seems to question such values and learn to form opinions their selves.

Difference between my generation and previous generations are made evident through their different experiences, attitudes, and values. There will always be a gap between my generation and the previous ones before it. Our ideals and thoughts and different from the previous generations and they are unable to understand ours, like we are unable to understand theirs. Help my generation has received in varies forms (monetary, technology, and opportunities) has made my generation have the most chance to do well in life than previous generations. However, this help has also made my generation less grateful, and we take more things for granted than the other generations. Lastly, our generation seems to be more accepting of taboo ideas that previous generations have frowned on. All of these elements show how my generation is evolving from the previous generations and shows how different my generation is compared to the other generations that came before us.

Feb 17, 2011, 04:30pm   #
A number of factors plays a role in the---This form of a sentence is tough, because even though it is correct it sounds wrong. I would find a creative way to avoid it...
A number of factors plays a role in contribute to the...

My generation has received more help from the previous generation than they received when they were my age. People from the previous generation did not get things handed out to them. ---Who told you this? Some did, and others didn't just like today, just like always.

This also put them at a disadvantage and made them work harder to achieve their aspirations. My generation definitely has it easier and has more opportunities to succeed ---I really don't know if I agree! In previous decades, the economy was much better, and these days you have a lot of complex, new challenges.



My generation's attitude about life is very unique compared to other generations' attitudes. Laziness, selfishness, and greed have infected my generation. ----You are making HUGE generalizations. You sound like an old person saying, "Those kids these days are awful..." But to make this a good paper, you have to avoid huge, sweeping generalizations.

I am impressed by your strong, strong command of grammar. This essay will be better if you cite some evidence... statistics, books, articles, etc.

:-)
I agree with the change suggested above, for the first paragraph...here's my additional suggestions:

My generation has received more help from the previous generation than they received when they were my age. People from the previous generation did not get things handed out to them. They had to work hard and struggle to earn a nice life. Now since they have achieved this and have the ability to make life easier for their future generations, they provide help for my generation so they would not have to go through the same hardships they had to endure. (This seems like it might be true for other cultures--I don't think this is true of Americans, if you are from another culture, you may want to identify it, "my parents grew up in xx and worked much harder than I've had to...etc.) Also, new and improved technology that has been developed from previous generations has helped my generation tremendously. With tools such as computers, the internet and cell phones, finding new information and communication have been easier than ever (You might want to note here that these conveniences also come with new difficulties, "although sifting through the abundance of new information is a new challenge for my generation," or something). And lastly, previous generations did not have the scholarship opportunities that my generation has today. This also put them at a disadvantage and made led them to work harder to achieve their aspirations. In my opinion, My generation definitely has it easier and has more opportunities to succeed than the previous generations; however this has caused a difference in attitude among my generation also. (Since this essay is asking about your beliefs, I think you can get away from adding references, if you keep this as your opinion. Check on what is requested, but it's probably not an academic essay, since you listed it under the scholarship category.)

My generation's attitude about life is very unique compared to the attitudes of other generations' attitude. Laziness, selfishness, and greed have infected my generation. Since the previous generations have made life so much easier for us, many do not truly appreciate it and take it for granted. Many members of my generation are entirely self-focused. They only care about what they want and how soon they can get it. Many lack the value of hard work and achievement. It is rare to see someone genuinely work hard for something and not expect it to be dished out to them. Also, they have this a mentality that they can do anything they want without consequences or punishment. It seems many members of my generation are under this false illusion. It may relate back to how the previous generation has treated our generation today. It seems my generation today takes the things the previous generation does for them for granted because they did not have to earn it themselves. This attitude sets a distinction between my generation and the others. (As Susan noted, this is a HARSH criticism of your generation--it sounds like you are saying everyone in your generation is taking advantage of their parent's hard work, and they all do whatever they want, thinking there are no consequences. Is this really what you believe? It's bound to be controversial, so unless you're really sure this is true, I would qualify the statements, "many believe," "some feel like," and keep in mind YOU are part of your generation--your readers probably won't agree with you, as they aren't likely to give scholarships to the people you are describing.)

The last key factor that makes my generation different is their open mindedness. The older generation seems to be more closed minded to different ideas and viewpoints, while my generation seems to embrace them. The previous generations have stricter mindsets about sex, while my generation is less uptight about it. Also my generation seems more willing to accept ideas of homosexuality, while previous generations are completely against it. Many members of the previous generations seem to be against interracial relationships, while members of my generation do not see anything wrong with it. The previous generation seems to stay strong to what values they have learned and stick with them no matter what, while my generation seems to question such values and learn to form opinions their selves. (This paragraph is great at talking about how the population was in general--not "close minded" but "more close minded," they weren't "strong to their values" but they "seem to stay strong"...use this language in the earlier paragraph about your own generation.)

Differences between my generation and previous generations are made evident through their different experiences, attitudes, and values. There will always be a gap between my generation and the previous ones before it. Our ideals and thoughts and are different from the previous generations and they are unable to understand ours, like we are unable to understand theirs. Help my generation has received in varies forms (monetary, technology, and opportunities) has made given my generation have the most a better chance to do well in life than previous generations. However, this help has also made my generation less grateful, and we take more things for granted than the other generations. Lastly, our generation seems to be more accepting of taboo ideas that previous generations have frowned on. All of these elements show how my generation is evolving from the previous generations and shows how different my generation is compared to the other generations that came before us.

Let me know if you have any additional questions/comments!



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