Assignment 1 and 2 – Research

Ageing population often refers to a shift in the distribution of a country’s population towards older ages. This is usually reflected in an increase in the population’s mean and median ages, a decline in the proportion of the population composed of children, and a rise in the proportion of the population that is elderly.

Basically, in order to keep the balance in one country, older people must retire so the younger can go further. It is about life expectancy when it comes to older people, the demographic ageing which has become a problem for most of the countries – the world is not ready for the ageing population.

But the question that was not asked is: Is the world ready for the younger population, the new generations?

People don’t really seem to notice that the older generations are those with much more experience and of course the experience comes with growing old and the younger ones could learn something from the older ones experience, but they don’t really seem that interested anymore.

One thing that I have noticed is that nowadays 4 year old children are playing with iPads instead of going to the playground or playing with toys, which in my opinion is a pretty serious problem, because at that age children should experience all kinds of stuff, they should go out and run, play with toys, rocks, mud and do what kids at that age should be doing. So here comes another question: Is it because of the advanced technology that children nowadays are not that open-minded anymore?

Another thing that I have noticed is that they are becoming more and more violent both verbally and physically.

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There were just three attacks in secondary schools and in special schools students were violent 16 times. The figures equate to a tiny percentage of pupils – but the Coventry branch of the National Union of Teachers say the real figure is likely to be much higher.

Where is the respect? The education? 10 years ago, children wouldn’t dare to raise their voice at their teachers – nowadays they’re violent with each other, violence has become a part of who they are – which brings me again to the question: Is the advanced technology the problem?

I’ve found an article about children and violence, which says that most likely the reason for them being and becoming so violent is the fact that their whole childhood is about video games and most of them are choosing violent games – they’re addicted to these games and the result it will be that they’ll have poor social skills along with becoming violent. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t play video games, but not as an everyday thing to do, and there is a perfectly good reason why some games have age restrictions. A 7 year old shouldn’t be playing video games, he should be playing outside.

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Sketchbook Task B – Proposal – Assignment 1 and 2

As I looked at those six subjects, one of them immediately caught my attention, which is the one about ageing population. I have always been interested in this subject, but not as much as I am now. Why? – Because things have changed over night. When it comes to Ageing Population everyone is thinking about the demographic ageing, the internet is full of statistics which are about how much the number of older people has grown and how that comes with all kinds of problems and questions.  Still, no one is putting the problem this way: What do the older people think about this whole new generation? – a generation that has changed over the night.

So my proposal for these two assignments is to “go back and forth in time” and see how did things changed and why. I am thinking about starting with the 60’s generation or even an early generation and closely look at how they changed over the years, until today. This is about showing my audience that the problem is not the older generation, but the younger one and the audience should be the younger one, the new generation, especially the new generation. But would they be interested? And if not, then why not?

I am going to make a comparison between these generations, maybe by using an older photo and a more recent one, but I don’t know exactly how I am going to present it. I have not thought this through, yet. It is something that is going to become easier in time, as for now I have to think about the interviews I’m going to take and of course, find as much people as I can for these interviews. I’m thinking about interviewing both young and older people, with a difference of age about at least 10 years.