Did you see the article in the New York Times a few weeks back on Generation Z? I must say I took a keen interest on the story given that both of my girls belong to this demographic. The article paints quite a different picture of who this generation is vs. their famous millennial predecessors. While I take generational studies with a grain of salt knowing we are all distinct despite belonging to same age group, I do believe there are similarities that bind a generation together.
So who are these Generation Z’ers? Well, they are the first true digital natives who were raised in the era of smart phones and social media. Many of them have never used electronic gadgets that were not touch screen. In addition, the article said Generations Z’ers are wary of social media, shying away from social apps like Facebook and using more discreet apps like Secret or Whisper.
I think what I like the most about what they’re saying about this generation is that they are more practical and future-oriented than other generations. They grew up in a post-9/11 world with one of the worst economic recessionary period ever. They know the world is not an easy place to live in and that they would need to navigate through many challenges in order to survive.
So I guess not a bad group altogether, these Gen Z’ers. Now, if only we can get them off their iPhones and iPads and get to talk to us a bit more, they would be close to being perfect…