Senior perspectives on today’s youth
The generation that often had to reluctantly forego a proper education in order to pitch in and help parents meet expenses has a very interesting perspective on today’s youth. Do 100-year-olds see today’s youth as too attached to technology? Do kids really appreciate the value of education?
To find out the answers to these questions, Holiday Retirement recently conducted a survey of 68 centenarians to reveal their opinions, experiences, and perspective on the younger generation. These centenarians know a thing or two about keeping up with the times. After all, their lives have consisted of fast-changing developments in technology: Centenarians have seen the invention of the personal computer in the 1970s, the mobile phone in 1973, and the World Wide Web in the 1990s.
Youth and technology
But what do 100-year-olds see when they look at today’s youth? According to the survey, 75 percent of those questioned feel the younger generation spends too much time on phones and computers. That answer is not exactly surprising if you take a look outside. Children, teenagers, and even adults seemed to be wrapped up in their online lives, their noses tucked behind cellphones, computer screens, and tablets.
Respect may play into the fact that centenarians believe today’s youth is increasingly self-centered. In fact, 60 percent of 100-year-olds polled think young people are not concerned about others. And only half of those born in the early 1900s believe kids today are polite and respectful. Ouch.
Hard work – or lack there of?
Your grandparents (or great-grandparents) lived a much different lifestyle than most kids live today. Every member of the family pitched in, whether it was a job outside the home or working around the house. For example, many centenarians woke up at dawn to complete chores, went to a full day of school, worked to support the family, tended to family needs, and then started the cycle again the next day. With that logic, it may be easy to comprehend why today’s centenarians believe kids are among a generation of slackers. More than half of survey participants feel kids do not have a true understanding of putting in hard work.
However, a large percentage of respondents believe kids do understand the value of education. The surveyed 100-year-olds believe the younger generation recognizes that education is the key to success. Centenarians also think kids now “seem smarter and sharper” than they were at a young age.
Interested in the full report, “100 Years of Wisdom: Perspective of Centenarians,” and accompanying infographics? Visit 100yearsofwisdom.com.