From a scientific point of view, a generation gap is counted when there are more than 30 years between the time of the birth of two individuals. However, a generation gap is not just a distance represented by numbers, but also a difference in opinions, beliefs, values, political stance and behavior. People often refer to a generation gap as being the reason why children and their parents and grandparents don’t see the world in the same manner.
The sociological theory of the generation gap came into play in the 1960s, when Baby Boomers seemed to go against everything their parents had as values. They were rebellious when it came to political views, cultural preference, taste in music and other values. Millennials and Gen Z are now the “rebellious” ones. Impacted by technological advancements and a different economical and sociological environment, the new generations find themselves experiencing a generational gap that reflects in things like the language they use, attitudes towards work and study, personal values and so on. These differences make it difficult for individuals from different generations to find common ground, and can often cause isolation between members of different generations.