1. How do teenagers treat old people in your country?
In Chinese culture, the elderly are held in high regard usually. We respect old people because of their age and wisdom. Ever since I was a kid, I was taught how to respect the elderly in proper ways, like to my grandparents. We also like to seek advice from them on a range of issues as they have more experience. It depends on what kinds of people we’re talking about. With certain teenagers, they might be distant from old people, with the age difference, it’s not easy for teenagers to feel close to old people, even their own grandparents.
2. What’s the difference between teenagers and children?
Children, of course, mean young kids, from babies to 10 years old. While teenagers refer to someone who is specifically between the ages of 13 and 19. Children are more dependent on parents and teachers, and they rely on others to give instructions. Teenagers go through one of the most important developmental processes where they experience lots of physical changes, cognitive changes, personality changes. They become more independent. Many teens try to avoid talking with their parents but rather spend more time on phones or computers.
3. What are the differences between teenagers and old people?
Of course, there are huge differences between teenagers and old people, considering their huge age gap. Take the Internet as an example, with young people, the Internet has always existed. It’s a familiar part of their life and they’re used to using it as a source of information, news, communication, everything. They use it mainly for fun. For older people, they have to learn how to use it and needs to be guided. They usually struggle with different functions and some just not curious to use it. And they use it more as a tool to communicate with their young kids.
4. Do you think teenagers today are better than those 30 years ago?
I want to say yes, as I was one of the teenagers a few years ago. The truth is every generation of teens is shaped by the social, political, and economic events of the day. Today’s teenagers are no different. They are still different in a way that their lives are impacted by technology and social media. My point of view is that they are better in being open to new ideas and being creative and quick to learn, but growing up with the internet, they interact with people less and might experience more interpersonal difficulties or even mental health problems.