In the heart of South Asia, there lies a nation of about 220 million people struggling to navigate the digital world of the 21st century. Pakistan stands as a nation filled with rich history and diverse cultures and languages. However, deep within this vibrant nation lies a concerning development, an issue that, if left unchecked, can surely cause an anarchical scenario of division and chaos within this young nation in the near future. In a world rapidly advancing in technology, a nation like Pakistan faces a concerning issue: a lack of communication between individuals and between generations.
As a nation of 220 million people facing multiple issues from political instability, economic recession, domestic terrorism, and a power shift in global order, the nation is in a sensitive position where the challenges of misunderstandings and division have taken center stage. While Pakistan boasts many features such as diversity, a strong young population, a growing tech industry like IT, its geostrategic position in the world, and economic growth potential, a lack of communication and misunderstanding can divide this country apart, making all these features ineffective. Regional disparities, cultural differences, and an ever-changing political landscape further contribute to the growing disconnection between the people of this nation. In this era of post-truth, where reality is constructed by the dominant victor, where people in this country are living within echo chambers reinforcing their own personal ideals and aggressively rejecting differences of opinion, such developments have played a significant role in causing divide and miscommunication between the people of Pakistan. The dominance of the media giants in this current day and age, where both traditional and digital media play a critical role in shaping perceptions and opinions, In many instances, such media giants also generate stereotypes and biases, further widening the gap between individuals and groups, which leads to a lack of communication and division between citizens. With the development of digital media technologies, we have also witnessed a rising trend where there is a lack of interpersonal skills, particularly among the younger generation of this country. The widespread usage of digital communications has further led to the decline of face-to-face communication between individuals. Variations in education levels can also contribute to miscommunication. Access to quality education is not uniform across the nation, and this can affect the ability of individuals to engage in meaningful dialogue and bridge generational gaps.
It is also important to understand that the generation gap that exists within the country is much more significant than we realize. The younger generation is more open to global ideas and modernization, while the older generation is still heavily focused on traditional values, which many younger individuals see as the reason behind our nation’s decline. We have to understand that this growing divide will only lead to more misery and trouble in an already complex and evolving world. In order to understand our issues, we need to first address the core issue, which is the lack of communication and misunderstanding that exists within the public.