Problems of the youth (friendship, love, conflicts)
Problems of the youth (friendship, love, conflicts)
Problems of the
youth (friendship, love, conflicts)
- What are the problems of the
- Youth is the time when a person is
trying to find his place in the world. And during this search he or she comes
across different problems which are as important as those of the adults. The
youth of the twenty first century face almost the same the problems which were
acute to their parents when they were young.
- What is the most important problem
of the youth?
- One of them is a generation gap.
Every generation is unique in its experience. It has its own ideals and a
system of values concerning every aspect of human life. Adults always complain
that the young are not what they were. These words are repeated from generation
to generation. Undoubtedly it is correct. In fact today the young are better
educated. They grow up more quickly. They derive joy from more freedom. At
present the young do not blindly accept the ideals of their parents. For them
everything that the adults bear in mind is past history. And this is
inevitable, because different generations take different directions. Moreover,
the young look forward and the old people look backward. The adult always teach
the young how to live. They apply old standards to the new way of life. The
past is hanging over them preventing them from appreciating the things around
them anew. The young think that the adults have lost touch with everything that
is important in life. They are right, because what is important to the adults
is the past. The young know what they want. They prefer to make their own
mistakes rather than to listen to the warnings of the adults. The past exists
to help the young to avoid unnecessary blurs. But they do want to have them.
The young want to live their own life. They want to overcome their own
difficulties without turning back. Unfortunately the life of the young is
frequently determined by the adults. The adults start the war but the young die
in it. The young and adults have different points of view concerning
everything. And it generates the conflict of the generations. In the 19th
century Ivan Turgenev in his novel "Fathers and Sons" perfectly
illustrated the eternal problem of fathers and children's misunderstanding. I
think that parents will never understand their children.
- Every new generation is different
from the one that preceded it. Today the differences are especially
considerable. The adults always believe that they know best only because they
have been around a bit longer. They don't want their values to be doubted. The
young on the other hand are questioning the assumptions of the adults, they
suspect that the world created by their predecessors was not the best one.
- Was there any clash of values
- It is known far and wide that the
clash of tastes and values between generations occurs in the main in highly
developed countries. Occasionally it was sharp, especially in the 1960s and
'70s in Western Europe and the USA.
- Can you see the solution to this
- Certainly. I think that the only
way to solve this insoluble problem both the young and adults should be
tolerant and patient. Despite our generation differences there are no clashes
of values in our family and my parents are my best friends. They always help
me, console me, and try to help me to solve my problems.
- What is another problem of the
- Another problem of the youth is
the relationship of the young people with their friends and beloved. I believe
in male friendship, and I doubt that there can be any real female friendship.
- Do you have a lot of friends?
- I think it is impossible to have a
lot of friends. A person can be on good terms with his or her classmates or
university groupmates but have only one or two real friends. I believe that
real friends will never betray each other. They will always understand and help
each other. It is true that tolerance is the pledge of friendship. It is
wonderful if your school friend will remain your friend for the rest of your
life. Unfortunately, when one enters a university school friends are often
replaced by the new ones.
- Are there any other problems of
- The problem of love is very
important for the young. Today they young fall in love when they reach the age
of Romeo and Juliet. Romanticism and idealism very often accompany the love of
the young. Their belief in eternal love can end dramatically. Today nobody doubts
about the depth of their passion. It is regrettable, but the young are not
always ready to have stable relations. For a happy family life two people must
understand and respect each other. It should be said that the young have other
problems as well. They are concerned with education, money, employment, hobby,
spending their free time, communication, and the like. And of course one of the
most urgent problems is the accommodations problem. Few young people in our
country have their own apartments. In the main they share the apartments with
their parents even after getting married.
- Do young Americans have the same
- I do not think so. As far as I
know many young Americans do not live with their families.
- Where do young Americans prefer to
- They prefer to live in apartment
blocks or residential areas where everyone is more or less of the same age.
Young people often move away from home when they leave school (if they can
afford it) into shared apartments or small, one-room "studio"
apartments. They do their own cooking and cleaning, and go to the family home
perhaps for the weekend.
- Where do young married couples
reside in the USA?
- In the USA young married couples
may move to new suburbs where most people have young families. In the
countryside, some even build their houses themselves. If a family's income goes
up, they often move" to another suburb, where the houses are bigger, with
two or even three garages, a swimming pool, a games room for the children and
everything a family could want.
- Do grown-up children live with
their old parents in the USA?
- Old people do not live with their
grown-up children. Many live in old people's homes. Some live in special towns,
built for old people, where there are no young children and the atmosphere is
- Is it typical for Americans?
- I am sure it is. Americans are
always on the move, and sortie families change their homes every few years.
- Where can average Americans start
and end their lives?
- For example, Mr. and Mrs. Smith
could start life in an apartment in New York, go on to a white painted wooden
home in New England with small windows to keep out the cold in winter, move to
a sunny house in California where oranges grow in the garden and big windows give
a wonderful view of the swimming pool and the sea, and end their life in a town
for old people.
- What are the problems of the
- It is difficult for me to answer
this question. From the information derived from the mass media I can conclude
that their problems are connected with their beliefs and values. Hard work is
part of the American Dream. To be a success is important in America. Society
frowns upon those who don't achieve it, that is why all young Americans want to
work hard and be a success. The first step to it is a high school diploma.
Without it, it is almost impossible to be successful. In order to get, it is
necessary to compete, as rivalry is the spur to achievement. Winning is an
American passion. In this case it is very important to be conscious of the
society around and never do dirty tricks. Another problem that worries the
young is to be well-liked. This feature is associated with the American Dream
too. On the social level it is part of people's personalities. And of course
communication can be one more problem not only of the young Americans but of
all young people of today.
- How do the young communicate
- Today the young can choose either
traditional way of communication or a modern one. Traditionally the young meet
after classes with their school or university friends at a cafe or a club to
get fun, relax and acquire new friends. They go to the cinemas, theatres,
concert halls or disco clubs. But if the young people do not like noisy clubs
and other places of entertainment, they can find friends without leaving their
apartments - the Internet gives such an opportunity. Although this
international Web Wide Web is intended for getting knowledge, only few users
employ it in this way. Other users employ the ICQ programme only for chatting.
They can sit for twenty two hours at their displays carrying on endless chats
with newly made friends. And it is a great problem of the present and future.
Such young people do not eat, sleep, work or learn properly. They are only
interested in their e-mail boxes. The best way for them is to go on chatting
with their ICQ partners without meeting them. In general all the problems of
the youth are linked with the present rather then with the past or future.
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