Not Seeing Eye to Eye: Baby Boomers and Generation Next

By: Trenton Davis Email
By: Trenton Davis Email

It's an evolution of the minds for the 80s babies growing up in the era of Internet and cell phones. A survey by Pew Research Center suggests views of young people vary from those born in Generation X.

The survey says 65 percent of people over 25 oppose same sex marriage in comparison to 46 percent by 18-to-25-year-olds.

"It's up to the individual. If a person wants to be married, that's their business. I think marriage is a religious thing and the civil unions are legal," said Wayne Denmark, a baby boomer.

"I really don't agree with it because I'm a Christian and just my religion and how I feel about it," said LaSonya Ingram, a member of Generation Next.

The younger generation finds immigration strengthens the nation and 20 percent do not have a religious affiliation. A question not raised in the survey was a military draft, a view both generations have in common.

"I don't like the draft because I don't feel like that somebody who doesn't want to be there should be there. You have to depend on the person beside you and somebody who is there because they're being forced, you can't depend on them," added Denmark.

"I feel as though it should be voluntarily whether they be able to join or go if they want to go, not because they have to go," said Ingram.

More than two thirds of generation-nexters believe getting rich is the primary purpose of life and the boomers say violence and drug use is more prevalent among young people than 20 years ago.


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