Survey Shows Millennials Are Missing Out on Traditions Passed Down Through Generations
It’s no secret the internet has literally changed the way in which we live. Social media has become a huge part of daily life and it isn’t just helping us to keep in touch with friends and family. A new survey has shown that social media has especially taken over the lives of the younger generation. Traditions passed down through the generations are becoming less important; such as knitting, playing outside, sewing and cooking.
How times have changed
The new survey conducted by Deramores Retail Ltd highlights the growing problem of society today. Important skills are being pushed to one side in favour of social media entertainment. You’re more likely to find children today for example, surfing the web and watching funny animal videos, than you are to find them playing outside or learning important life skills.
Grandparents used to play a much more vital role in their grandchildren’s lives, but technology has definitely taken over. The relationship between grandparents and grandchildren is still important, but there’s no doubt it’s changed over the past decade. However, that doesn’t mean the younger generation aren’t keen to learn from their elders; it just means you have to change the way you teach them.
Using modern technology to pass down traditions
If you can’t beat them join them! If you want to make sure your children or grandchildren are learning important life skills, do it in a way they’ll understand. Deramore has found a way to bring back knitting, offering patterns of the new, yet extremely popular, Clangers series on CBeebies. This has helped encourage not just children, but parents, to want to take up knitting. It’s a great example of how you can use modern trends to help pass down more traditional skills.
Of course, limiting your child’s technology use is also a good idea. Many parents give in and allow their children to use mobile and tablet devices, along with the computer, more than they possibly should. It’s easier as they can stay entertained for hours and in some ways the internet can be educational. However, it’s also important to encourage the younger generation to get outdoors.
You can also set aside one night a week where you cook together. Grandparents can use their time with their grandchildren to teach them recipes. Cooking skills are something that are essential in life and you’d be surprised how much children actually enjoy helping to cook.
Overall traditions have become less important, but many millennials are still keen to learn. By utilising modern technology and restricting social media use, you can better teach these timeless traditions to the younger generation.
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