3 April 2018
Generation – Z
What is a generation and who are the generation Z-ers? When it comes to the technology, many people ask themselves if it ever feels overwhelming to use it in everyday life, especially for the enthusiastic people who are addicted to technology. Technologies such as: i-Pads, iPods, Smart Phones, Tablets, Laptops, and talkies, just to name but a few. But does it feel overwhelming staying connected with friends and family or the web constantly? This was the primary question that lead to the study that was done on some young females. These females were only between the ages of ten and thirteen. These individuals were nervous as the researchers asked them question after questions in a research session at the chic headquarters of the Center for Generational Kinetics.
The research showed that most of the answers these females gave were overwhelming themselves. “I once opened my phone after being gone for one day, and I had 219 text messages,” said one of those females who was only ten years old. “I lost my phone for a week once, and I had three thousand messages,” said another female who was about eleven years of age. As they reported these, their faces indicated fun and they appeared to enjoy giving complete detailed answers. At the end of the questioning session, the researchers concluded with a report on how the girls think and behave, as well as how their digital and daily lives intersect. Such are the members of what researchers refer to as the i-Gen or Gen-Z (Gibson 21).
So, what is a generation? A generation is a cohort of people who feel the impact of a powerful historic event and develop a shared consciousness about it. As such, the historical period during which particular generation is born profoundly influences their thinking abilities as well as their unique features. Generation Z are aligned to technology because of the time era that they were born. Generation Z are born between 1995 and 2012 (Gibson). They are, therefore, very smart with the usage of technology because they grew up in a highly enlightened media and computer environment. They, therefore, know a lot to do with the internet than any other generations; even at a very young age. In fact, most of them know how to draft a scroll through video clips on an I-pad before they could even learn their names.
Researchers have asserted that Generation Z is an enthusiastic generation. From the time of the birth, the Generation Z want to show their skills in navigating the internet and sharing almost every memory on social media. In fact, they are always the first to make friendship contacts through the media and are quick to share childhood memories on social media such as; Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Because of this trait, they have often been termed as ‘digital natives’, and this carries into their social lives, emotional well-being, and their states of the mind.
As studies have showed that constant exposure to screens amends the neural circuitry of developing brains which result in short attention spans, stunted social skills, and heightened abilities to multi-task (McClellan 48). As the girls were being interviewed by their older researchers, they exhibited some composure and ease that is hardly typical of children their age.
This could imply to their online personalities. They have different personalities and those personalities changes time to time. Some may feel comfortable dealing with a situation online rather than in person so he or she develop personalities. When listening to the researchers as they spoke, they also showed a certain degree of attention and exposure. It seems a positive implication of the girls’ online presence on their behavior. When addressing a young person and the person seems not to accord to you due attention, one could, become angry with him or her. Being composed and attentive as they are, is, therefore, a highly positive outcome of technology on the Generation Z.
Every grown-up seems to agree that the Generation Z are quite different. As most people can agree, they are victims of circumstances, having existed and grown up during a major turning point in societal evolution. They, therefore, deserve people’s sympathy and forgiveness, in case their behaviors offend people. One fact that people must all agree to is that the society and technology are always taking significant steps forward. These leaps, surprisingly, often feel frighteningly extraordinary. For instance, when the Television took over the living rooms, people predicted that we would be turned into slack-jawed zombies. Generation Z and its adoption of the internet and the World Wide Web have therefore taken the older generations by surprise. According to researchers, there is a lot to be expected from Generation Z, otherwise referred to as the Z’ers. According to their age group, the eldest of them will be casting a vote in the next elections. What kind of leaders will they elect to lead them? It should not pass people’s attention that 26 percent of the Z’ers is not contented with the current leaders, right from the Federal government to the Congress. By the end of the coming year, 2019, tens of millions of the Z’ers will have become professionals, and by 2020, they will have wielded $3 trillion in purchasing power! They are a group to watch for they have varied expectations (Gibson 65).
Speaking of expectations, what the group Z’ers expects of the future is as diverse as they are. Instead of watching television, the group Z’ers streams live on YouTube. They shop online at the tap on a button on the Smartphone gadgets, attend class lessons and conferences online, and they don’t have to appear for interviews in person. To make matters worse, they don’t have to be physically present in an office in order to say that they were at work. What should people, therefore, expect of the future when they shall have gone toothless, and the Generation Z is in the full blossom of their adulthood? This is a question that disturbs many people’s mind. Often, the older generations say that Generation Z is different, but how? They do not come out clear and explain it to the victims.
In 2017, a study on how Generation Z communicates and uses technology found out that this group communicates, almost entirely through screens, and often without using actual words. It is a generation that is out to revolutionize every aspect of communication. In fact, members of older generations may be unable to understand communication between two Z’ers. They can use, for example, GIFs, emoji, and video clips. Because of their early exposure to technology, almost 99 percent of Generation Z’ers has social media accounts such as Snap chat, Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter. In these platforms, these youths exhibit a kind of “I care less” kind of attitude with their privacy. They share pictures and videos of every event they are involved in and seem proud of. When at dinner with family members, they often interact with friends on social media. In short, the Z’ers seems to be enslaved by technology and the internet.
While young boys and girls in the Z’ers group share the trait of being technologically able, girls tend to spend lots of their time texting and chatting on social media such as those mentioned above. Boys, on the other hand, are fans of Smartphone games and Xboxes. Boys do not often enjoy Facebook or Snap chat, only if chatting with relatives for some minutes.
Regardless of the fact that Z’ers enjoys online presence, for either interacting with friends or playing games, they hold conflicting opinions as to whether social media affects their self-esteem. Only 42 percent of the Z’ers affirmed to the question. Some could say that it doesn’t affect their psychological and emotional well-being, and others could agree that even if they are not affected now, they will be affected in the future once they get older (Ferguson 78).
So, who is the Generation Z? How will their future be like? These questions are neither difficult nor easy to respond to. They require one to carry out an informed study of those in the specified age bracket and compare them with the older generations Only then can there be conclusions to be drawn. Just a quick attempt, as already asserted within the paper, the age and the time of birth classifies one into his or her generation. As to the future, people look forward to kind of future of its own. For instance, will they have fully adopted the electric cars, or it will be computerized motorcars? Generation Z is a generation full of technological surprises. People should not be surprised to see, in the next few years, the elimination of teaching professionals. In some areas of the economy, people could be making use of robots instead of humans who seem expensive.
Psychologists believe that Generation Z’ers will revert to normal behavior once they come of age and receive responsibilities. To them, such things as incessant texting and gaming will cease to be once they are given responsibilities as professionals. On the contrary, this behavior will not change. Once a trait is adopted, it is unlikely to change. The biggest challenge that can be foreseen is the problem of mental illnesses. These screens that the Z’ers exposes themselves to are turning them into human robots. They will soon lack a sense of humanity and begin to behave as screens themselves. Then, they will learn that being a Z’er is a burden. What is funny, all the members must behave the same way because no one wants to be left behind (Ferguson 56).
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