Thanks to a quality of life now extending for many people into their 80s and even 90s, great-great-grandparents are supervising and are often times being supervised by workers 60 or more years younger.
I have not confessed it till now, but here goes: I am a card-carrying member of the Dazed and Confused generation. Yep, that one that happened between the Tune in, Turn on and Drop Out generation and the Me, Me, Me generation.
The good news? Guys have begun to see advantages to enhancing their appearance, a focus once considered outside their domain. The not-so-good news? Men may soon head down a perilous path that women have been traveling for decades.
Even though I may be from the "lucky" generation which has all the access and opportunities, will my generation be responsible for letting go of the beautiful culture and traditions that my parents and grandparents preserved with so much care?
Whether it is morally wrong for the government to feel entitled to our information is another issue, but the idea of someone in the NSA office who has never heard my name and will never meet me reading a conversation I once had does not negatively affect my life in any legitimate way.
Tom doesn't have a land line. If I want to reach him, I can try his cell. But it usually goes right to voicemail. I can try emailing him at one of his four hundred email addresses. Or I can text him. He responds promptly to texts. Except when he doesn't.
Every generation has its quirks, its slang, its flaws, but it seems too often Gen-Xers in primarily old media outlets cast the behavior of teenagers in the millennial generation as representative of everyone in the age group, whether they're 14 or 29.
Millennials are asking for balance and flexibility during the job interview. Baby Boomers are vexed by Generation Y and their tether to technology. Generation X is eager for feedback about their work and also quick to provide criticism of others.
Teens think they're right about everything while parents fail to understand or even remember the different joys and troubles of adolescence. As people grow older, they lose touch with the emotions they felt so vividly as teenagers.
What I'm trying to say is, things change and sometimes new ideas need to be welcomed and accepted to move forward in society. It's time that youth take initiative to speak up about the causes they care.
This holiday season, I came out to my mom about being sexually active, being bisexual, writing about sex for my college newspaper and then getting a ton of media attention for my column on having sex in the library. But did I also mention that I got straight A's this semester?
"Have you tried the phone book?" my mom suggests. I hadn't. In fact, I'm embarrassed to admit that the idea hadn't even occurred to me. I'd gotten so comfortable with the assumption that all the information I could possibly want or need was available online that I was on the verge of giving up.
Some will undoubtedly fret over the perception gap between teens and parents, but I'm not all that concerned. I suspect that there has always been a gap between what parents think they know about their kids and what kids think their parents know.