Today’s fast moving technology, social media and globalization has opened up our world and given us more options than we could ever imagine. But is there a downside? In the not so distant past an identity crisis was something reserved for the young as they sometimes struggled to find their niche in life. In fact today’s technology can make it even more difficult for a young person to answer the age old question “who am I?” In the past, answering that question was much easier than it is today.
Older adults as well face these questions more and more. Yesterday’s rigid roles no longer apply as they did in generations past. Years ago the decisions around marriage, family, career and religion were much easier to answer. There simply weren’t as many options. Our world was much smaller. We didn’t have a fraction of the information that we do now.
Adults today, both young and old have an array of options, paths and choices that simply did not exist even fifty years ago. While these choices can give them a great deal of freedom, they can also cause much confusion, creating a crisis of identity.