You realise that you are growing old when you see the kids around you growing. Do you sense that feeling of being less updated or not belonging to the present generation?
Well, that is something you can never deny. With the pace with which our society is progressing today, this self-realisation is very frequent, trust me.
You witness the era of rapid changes only when you compare yourself then and now.
From the change in food galore to clothing, there is a lot to be witnessed.
Look at the growing teens around and compare the lifestyle changes. I can bet you will be left awestruck.
Teens once preferred cartoons and kiddish shows to romcoms and reality shows. The choices have changed completely. Today reality shows like Bigg Boss have acquired a massive young audience.
Entertainment is no longer innocent.
From running around in the colony within moments of getting off the school bus, to running home to be on time for the activity class - leisure time has changed faces.
Which generation do you belong to? The ones that enjoyed hide and seek and sitoliya, or the ones who prefer temple run/ candy crush or PUBG?
From landline to cell phones, from passing chits in the class rooms to texting and tweeting - the youth is bending more towards mechanical world.
From driving to each other's house for Diwali, birthdays and special occasions to sending a WhatsApp msg - virtual world is more comfortable than the real world. The latter seems more convenient and appropriate.
From nai ki dukan to beauty parlour, haircuts from a unisex salon are more in trend.
A decade earlier parents were supposed to choose and buy, now shopping is as per the child's choice. Moreover, teenagers, today mostly prefer shopping with friends.
For the typical chole puri to pav bhaji with gulab jamun party, friends were usually called home. Today Mc D and Pizza Hut or maybe a theme based party is more desirable.
From hand held video games to play stations the shift is rapid by all means.
More memories fewer photos were the underlying idea of holidays a few years back.
Vacays were usually planned to be at Nani/Dadi house where cousins used to have a gala time. In short - meeting cousins or extended families was the concept.
Today a beautiful insta click is a top priority when talking about vacay. Social media should be updated even if that means killing the time spent together.
Pehle sazaa ghar mai der se aane per milti thi. Remember your mom saying - Khlena kudna band ker denge tumahara?
Today snatching the gadget and sending out to play seems like a punishment.
Pinki and Billu got replaced by Hannah Montana.
Handwritten notes have been replaced by Google while pilots pens and ink pens are on the verge of extinction due to tabs and apps.
A decade back, the idea of happiness used to be pretty simple and basic - just plain enjoyment. Ironically, the youth is unknowingly swapping the simple pleasures of life to Facebook likes and social media norms. I sincerely hope the youth today learns to enjoy more and fake less.
Did you think of going on a date while in school? I bet, the answer is a no. Today leave alone teens as kids as young as the ten-year-olds boast of being committed or being in a relationship. This goes to a degree where they even boycott peers who are single. Yes, it's the harsh truth. No exaggeration.
Changes are witnessed in every era. Some are for good while some are not. Let's analyze practices and trends and weigh the odds before accepting them.
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