Generation Z (or Gen Z for short), colloquially also known as zoomers, is the demographic cohort succeeding Millennials and preceding Generation Alpha. Researchers and popular media use the mid-to-late 1990s as starting birth years and the early 2010s as ending birth years. Most members of Generation Z are children of Generation X.
Generation Z. Who is this generation? What are the main characteristics? And more important which problems has this generation to face?
Let’s begin with some characteristics so you can get an image of Generation Z. To my mind one of the most eye-catching characteristics is that people of Generation Z are described as digital natives. I mean this statement is no surprise because we grew up with smartphones and social media like my little sister. For her 6th birthday she got a smartphone. I must admit that she can only play games and takes pictures with it but she still learns from a very young age how to use a smartphone. As a consequence Generation Z is described as addicted to itself and its phones and is furthermore neither interested in politics nor socially engaged in real life. If you asked me I would agree with the statement that people of Generation Z are obsessed with their smartphones and maybe even with themselves because I personally know a lot of people who take a lot of pictures of themselves just to upload them to Instagram.
However, Generation Z is anything but not social and not interested in politics. After the explosions in Beirut, for example, many young people helped out on the streets.
But moreover, we use our smartphones and social media for political purposes for instance lots of celebrities utilize their profiles on Instagram to draw people’s attention to registering for the elections or the “Black Lives Matter“ movement.
Because of the many challenges Generation Z has to face it is important that we stay connected with the help of social media. Since political problems and environmental issues are only some of the problems Generation Z will have to deal with.
However, there are also interim results, for example, because of social media environmental issues and protests like “Fridays for Future“ got the attention which they deserved. In addition, to name a political achievement, the Lebanese government withdrew from its office. Maybe not because of the protests on social media but because of the many young people who are still protesting on Beirut’s streets.
To sum everything up and I know I am going to repeat myself but it is so important that Generation Z stays virtually connected, although other people, especially the older generations, condemn Generation Z for it, because this will be the only way to solve the problems which are mentioned in the text. In conclusion I am proud to be a part of Generation Z because in my view this generation has so many good features/potential to offer.