The Expectation – Diary of an Undergrad – A2Z2019

April 5, 2019

Dear Diary,

No. I am not talking about the expectations that some parents have with respect to their kids. I am talking, instead about the high levels of expectation that the youngsters of today have with respect to everything.

I spend a lot of time observing the people around me, especially in class. This activity allows me to learn more about the behaviour of various people. Often, when I observe my classmates, or people who are younger than me, I have seen this one common trait.

The need for being satisfied or gratified immediately.

Whenever I see any of my peers I always notice that they want everything to be successful immediately. With minimum effort and zero conflict. Admittedly, even I feel angry whenever the website I am browsing for doesn’t load quickly enough or the queue is just too long.

But the worst thing is, many of the people I observe become angry that something is not going the way they want it to, talk about it angrily with another 10 people and propagate that anger. But, no one tries to think of solutions to that problem or find some alternatives! Its always about the problem!

I see this even more with my younger friends.

In this age of technology, we have access to information at our fingertips. But, the question I am asking today is, does the availability of information guarantee presence of mind, patience or the ability to draw insights?

Maybe that’s why data science is so lucrative and popular today. People have the access to billions of facts but don’t know how to draw intelligence from it.

Is that our failing? Or will it lead to something good?

Will the expectations of the current generation drain out their power of analytical and rational thinking?

We will have to wait and see.

Mysuru, Karnataka, India

10 thoughts on “The Expectation – Diary of an Undergrad – A2Z2019

  1. You have hit the nail on the head. Really, ‘delayed gratification’ and how it can be taught to kids is something I learnt about after having kids. For our generation, there was only ‘no gratification’.

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  2. Good one Divya. In this age of instant gratification,youngsters are losing key life skills like patience, hard work and most importantly, ability to deal with failure.

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    1. Hmm.. Its quite sad, really. If the youngsters are not taught the power of patience and hard work, we may be a part of a generation that cannot function well in teams and more generally, in life.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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