There is still a serious gap between the old generation and the new generation. This issue remains an unsolved problem. Throughout this presidential election, many people felt this general difference between generations and spent a hard time understanding each other's stance. Besides the generation gap about political issues, there are many situations that generations are having difficulty comprehending. Taking this opportunity, we can try to think of the reasons of this difference and what kind of effort we can make to overcome this problem.
People living in different times experience dissimilar ways of education and naturally gain a different outlook on the world. Due to this disparity, two generations experience conflict in their lives. There has always been a conflict between generations, but nowadays it is getting worse. For instance, in Korea, young people call old people 'Kkondae' which is a slang word for an old man who has an aggressive attitude. At the same time, old people ignore young people treating them like children who know little of the world.
According to experts, economic problems are the main cause of generational discord. Since the 2008 global financial crisis, there has been a low growth trend in Korea while the burden of working class to support the elderly is consistently increasing. Naturally, conflicts of interest about resource distribution is growing. Due to this kind of social structure, generational discord will intensify.
Furthermore, the huge factor that contributes to the increase of the generation gap is the usage of internet media. These days, more than 70% of people in their 20's and 30's are highly educated in college or university. Since they were young, they have been used to finding information on the internet and sharing brand new information with their smartphones. This helps the young generation to converge and lead a new movement. On the other hand, the old generation is exposed to relatively limited amounts of information. This information gap makes the generation gap worse.
Some experts suggest that to help the two generations come together, there is a need to strengthen support for young people. They say that the social welfare system that is mainly concentrated to old people and children should be expanded to young people. Support for the young can have an additional effect that could reduce the burden of their parents' generation.
Most importantly, they have to admit each other's inevitable disparity and communicate. Conversation between generations would cause numerous hardships, however, it would finally help them to narrow the gap and solve the conflict.
L.L.F reporter Da-Won Ryu