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The Psychology Behind Generational Conflict

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/psychology-behind-generation-gap-180973731/

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The Psychology Behind Generational Conflict
Older people have groused about younger people for millennia. Now we know why

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The generation gap has always existed

The generation gap has always existed

Complaining about the youth has been going on for millennia, where the older generation finds fault with the younger generation's behavior and shortcomings.

Even Aristotle said of Greece's youth: "They think they know everything, and are always quite sure about it."

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The "Kids these days" effect

Research observed while people may believe in a general decline, they also believe that children are particularly deficient in the traits where they happen to excel.

Authoritarian people are more likely to believe that today's youth lack respect for authority. Intelligent people are more likely to comment that kids never seem to be reading and are getting brainless.

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Our flawed memory

Sometimes older people mistakenly remember kids in the past as more accomplished.

And todays youth will likely consider the generation after them to be deficient.

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