With age comes wisdom; that’s no secret. However, there are times when older generations need a gentle reminder that there’s still a lot left to learn and do in life, even if they’ve been at it for decades already.
Plus, if you look into the scientific research surrounding the concept of lifelong learning, you’ll realize it offers significant benefits:
So, regardless of your age, you can be sure there are plenty of things to discover thanks to those younger than you. Here are the top things the older generations can learn from kids.
One common misconception about youngsters these days is that they’re glued to their phones. And sure, today’s youth does spend a notoriously large portion of their days using computers, smartphones and a multitude of other gadgets.
However, research shows that the way kids use technology nowadays isn’t all that bad. For example, the #BookTok trend has had over 80 billion views on TikTok, showing kids’ interest in short-form content that led them to rediscover print formats. And Google’s consumer insights show that young people love watching long-form content when it allows them to take a deep dive into the topics of interest.
So, what can older generations learn from kids about using technology? They shouldn’t underestimate its learning potential. With so many educational opportunities available online — from highly effective language courses to full-blown university programs — it’s time to finally recognize the opportunities tech can give us (and use it in a healthy way).
Kids these days don’t play by the rules. They want change, they’re done with accepting anything less than perfect and they’re not afraid to express their frustrations when those in power don’t do the right thing. And in all honesty, this is something that adults need to be reminded of from time to time.
Yes, rules and standards are positive guidelines that can help communities progress and thrive. But, unfortunately, they’re often outdated, illogical or straight-out absurd. Fortunately, the lesson is pretty simple: illogical and outdated rules and standards must be replaced or removed. The sooner all of us accept that, the sooner we can all go on to make great things happen.
Finally, as we discuss the biggest lessons older generations can learn from kids, let’s not forget young people’s ability to dream big.
The sad thing about growing up is that we’re faced with so many instances of “no” that, at some point, we stop asking for what we want. But all in all, this is a huge loss. Not just for us adults but for future generations as well. So, if there’s one last skill we need to brush up on — ideally by looking up to those who will succeed us one day — it’s that allowing our imagination to run wild is more than worth the risk.
It doesn’t matter what letting your imagination run wild involves. It could be setting health goals for the new year, or you might find yourself thinking up new inventions that will solve the pain points of thousands of people worldwide. You could even just define a dream that can be as big or small as you want (like visiting a country or finishing a marathon). What’s important is that we always have something to strive toward, even if it’s only by taking small steps at a time.
There are so many things in life you can do to feel content in your day-to-day routine. And, without a shadow of a doubt, investing in your personal growth is one of the best ways to boost your life satisfaction, happiness, and emotional and physical well-being.
Of course, where you collect your wisdom is entirely up to you. But if you’re trying to make a noticeable difference, it might not be a bad idea to finally start looking up to those youngsters in your life.
About the Author
Sarah Kaminski is a life-enjoyer, positivity-seeker and curiosity-enthusiast. She’s passionate about an eco-friendly lifestyle and adores her cats. She’s an avid reader who loves to travel when time allows.