Technology Responsible for Generation Gap says Minister for Youth
Honourable Justina Charles, Minister of Culture, Youth & Sports is blaming the advancement of technology for the generation gap that exists between the youth and seniors.
She made the statement during the formal launching of the ‘Bridging the Gap’ programme on Saturday June 14th 2014.
“We can all confess that isolation has been created by the use of technology – we speak of TV, the computer and the cellphone. The use of those technologies has caused our young people to be engrossed in their own world and forget everything else around them,” Charles explained.
According to the Minister, this has created a divide from the young people with those who are not technologically inclined.
Charles stated that, sociologists have also identified age segregation as an important contributing factor to the generational divide, which is believed to be a barrier to strong intergenerational relationships.
The Minister stated, it is vital that this gap is closed.
“Although some generational gap has existed throughout history, modern generational gaps have often been attributed to rapid cultural change particularly with respect to such matters as musical taste, fashion, culture and politics,” she added.
Minister Charles noted, there is a clear intergenerational distinction resulting from our language use, adaption of slangs and the evolution of technology.
According to her, children increasingly rely on personal technological devices such as cellphones to define themselves, and create social circles apart from their families which changes the way they communicate with their parents.