Let’s break the speed bar­ri­ers

In this age of in­stant cof­fee, noo­dles and grat­i­fi­ca­tion, In­dian youth are not will­ing to wait pa­tiently for any­thing. They’re de­ter­mined to get what their hearts are set on, even if it means ly­ing to their par­ents or vi­o­lat­ing rules

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - INSIGHT - Dan­ish Raza let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

To­day’s youth are self-cen­tred, and will do al­most any­thing as long as it ben­e­fits them. To top it all, im­pa­tience seems to have been wo­ven into their DNA.

“I will beg, bor­row or steal to buy some­thing I re­ally want,” the Hindustan Times-MaRs Youth Sur­vey recorded as many as 81.5% re­spon­dents as say­ing. While 68.3% young­sters con­fessed to do­ing things their par­ents would not ap­prove of, as many as 66% con­fessed to ly­ing to their folks.

Harshita Sri­vas­tava, a 22-year-old con­tent writer with In­staOf­fice, has an ex­pla­na­tion for the oc­ca­sional un­truth. “One’s sense of right and wrong should come from within. You lie only when you know you have made a mis­take, and don’t want to hurt your par­ents. What mat­ters is if there is sin­cere ef­fort on your part to not make the mis­take again,” she says.

Nearly 80% of the re­spon­dents polled by the Hindustan TimesMaRs Youth Sur­vey said they would do any­thing to win the ap­proval of their friends. Sri­vas­tava, how­ever, was sur­prised by such an at­ti­tude. “If you have to go out of your way to gain the ap­proval of your friends by chang­ing who you are, then it is high time you asked your­self if it’s worth be­ing friends with such peo­ple. Seek­ing any­one’s ap­proval shows lack of self-con­fi­dence,” she as­serted.

Tanya Jain, a copy­writer with Webenza, also could not fathom why peo­ple would act fake to fit in a par­tic­u­lar group. “It is time we re­alised that such pre­tence won’t get us any­where. We need to learn to ac­cept and love our­selves for who we are,” she said.

Delhi-based psy­cho­an­a­lyst Nilofer Kaul put this trend in per­spec­tive. “The de­sire for peer ap­proval seems to per­vade our ado­les­cence and youth. Act­ing cool and keep­ing up with the lat­est fash­ion im­proves ac­cep­tance in the com­mu­nity. Of­ten, we find our­selves lack­ing in con­fi­dence and not mea­sur­ing up to so­ci­etal stan­dards,” she said.

The sur­vey also high­lighted the widen­ing gen­er­a­tion gap between young­sters and older folk. As many as 75% of the re­spon­dents said they wouldn’t care what their par­ents thought as long as they did what they be­lieved was right.

How­ever, Shub­ham Saran – the 31-year-old founder of Zorted So­lu­tions Pri­vate Lim­ited – said while it was okay to be in­flu­enced by Western val­ues, the youth should try to strike a bal­ance between their views and that of their par­ents. “While the younger lot are adopt­ing a more ‘mod­ern’ out­look due to the ad­vent of tech­nol­ogy, they also refuse to con­sider the fact that their par­ents have more ex­pe­ri­ence than them,” ex­plained Saran. “I have trav­elled to more places at my age than they did in their youth, but they will al­ways have an edge in un­der­stand­ing hu­man emo­tions and sit­u­a­tions.”

In­dia’s younger gen­er­a­tion is also any­thing but pa­tient. Over 82% re­spon­dents of the sur­vey said they wanted ev­ery­thing – and fast.

“This at­ti­tude res­onates well with the fact that re­sources are much eas­ier to ac­cess now. The ad­ver­tise­ments be­ing aired th­ese days stress on this very fact. One thing that can be high­lighted here is Royal Stag’s ‘It’s your life’ com­mer­cial, which goes to say that noth­ing is un­achiev­able. If you have the will, you can etch out huge goals for your­self and push hard to achieve them,” said Saran.

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