What is youth and what are the advantages and disadvantages of being young?
It is said that youth is the nicest time of one´s life. As a young person you are fit, strong and have enough energy to face problems. In fact you do not think about any problems, but look forward to every day in which you may try something new and challenging, and people around you tend to tolerate your faults because of your lack of experience.
There are two different groups of young people: teenagers (13 to 19 years old) and those between twenty and thirty. Both groups have something in common, but there are also differences between them.
Teenagers are a special group. They are not children any more, yet ...view middle of the document...
Parents usually do not object because living on one´s own may help young people become responsible. Some people say it is better than any parental advice.
Young people between twenty and thirty are a bit different. Most of them have finished school and have found a job, so they are earning a living. Their problems are different from those of teenagers. They are adults and so they have to find a place to live. Many get married and have children so they become more aware of social problems. They are more concerned about the global problems of poverty, disease, the pollution of our environment, racial discrimination, nuclear and chemical weapons and terrorism. They organize demonstrations for peace and fight for aquality. Many of them work for charities, help the disabled and homeless or collect money for starving people in Africa and Asia.
Only a small number of young people join radical youth movements like skinheads propagating fascism or fight against international companies like antiglobalists. These groups may become dangerous in the future but nowadays their influence on young people is relatively small.
What is generation gap?
There have always been generation gap between generations, a lack of comprehension, that can be frustrating for the both sides. Arguments between generations are common aspecially quarrels about money, behaviour, knowledges and experiences. The old always think that they know everything the best, because they have been here longer time. They want the young to respect them. But should young people always accept ideas of older people?
Children about parents:
- are too conservative, stick to traditions, say how different young people are today
- do not give us enough freedom, interfere too much
- are always criticising young poeple, do not like our clothes, hairstyles, music, our friends
- say we are lazy, easy-going, unwilling to work hard
- underestimate us, do not respect our individuality
- would be satisfied if we spent all our leisure time on studying or helping them...