When I was going through the readings from this week, I kept on drawing parallels between my own life and what the authors were focused on. So, for this blog post, I decided to focus or relating the reading to myself and my own experiences.
In the Scientific American blog post, Maria Konnikova talks about the difference between today’s youth and youth in the past. “When I was your age…” is a phrase that I have heard from my mum many times. Following this phrase is usually some comment about having to walk miles to school, studying with candles when the electricity went out, or learning how to cook a full course meal when she was only ten years old. Konnikova brings up the great point that maybe, just maybe, there is not this profound difference between generations.
Differences between generations do exist, but there are many similarities as well. For one, my mum always brings up the fact that she had to work hard to get what she wanted and that nothing ever comes easily. However, isn’t that the same with the youth now? Many of us in college hold jobs so that we don’t have to ask our parents for money. Yes, we do 'play,' but we also do our homework and study for our tests.
Another point from this blog post is that information passed down between generations is highly selective and usually events that we recall are ones that have been marked by a huge change. From all the things my mum has told me about, if you asked me to name one, the first I would name is her coming to America. This was the biggest change in my mum’s life; after all, she had grown up in India. Because these major events are the things we remember, our mothers look at our lives and shake their heads because they are ‘stagnant.’
The latter is one of the points Konnikova makes that I would actually like to challenge using my own experiences. Because my mom moved to America, everything here is such a new culture. I know that my mum does not think my life is stagnant or that my life is not transitioning. In fact, we have all just made a huge transition: coming to college. The clubs we join and activities we do are things that make our lives different from our parents. While I agree that adults may look upon our generations and pity the way we do things, I believe they also look upon us with awe because of the new technology and such made available to us.