Understanding the way current children think and act – Generation Z or the iGeneration https://rbxlibrary.my.id/
As the children of today have grown up in a very different world to that of their parents and grandparents, it is a useful starting point to understand the differences in thinking, values and experiences between these generations. This will also make the concept of the Generation Gap easier to understand and will explain why sometimes grandparents simply have to shake their heads at the behaviours and values of their grandchildren. There is no right or wrong here, it is simply different because of different factors influencing the different generations.
Baby Boomer is the name given to people born between 1948 and 1964, and whilst some of the youngest baby boomers may be the parents of the current generation, they are more likely to be the grandparents of today’s children.
One of the defining features of Boomers was that they tended to think of themselves as a special generation, very different from those that had come before them, as they were born of parents who had just been through the second world war and the difficulties, challenges and shortages in basics that presented. In the 1960s, as the large numbers of young people became teenagers and young adults, they created a very specific culture and story around their generation and the changes they were bringing about. This image they created had an important impact in the self perceptions of the Boomers, and they were the first to define the world in terms of generations.
Generation X, commonly abbreviated to Gen X,
is a term used to refer to the next generational cohort of children born after the Baby Boomers and usually prior to the 1980s. They were known as the reactive generation.
Older generations generally have negative perceptions of reactive generations, as they find it hard to understand why they want to be different. These people tend to be more pragmatic and aware, savvy but with lesser morals and more focused on money than on art, unlike their parents.
A recent study found that in real dollars, this generation earned less than their fathers had at that same age in 1974, thus reversing a historical trend of ever increasing wage levels. It was also this group where the total family incomes were generally higher each year, compared with the Baby Boom generation because more women were feeling more liberated and were entering the workforce, contributing to family household income.
Generation X came into their own in the early 1990s, and cultural and musical movements such as Grunge and hip hop came into popularity. To this day, Generation X’s influence is still very strong.
Generation Y, also known as The Millennial Generation, is a term used to describe the children born after Generation X.
There are no exact dates for when Gen Y begins and ends but most commentators use dates between the 1980s and early 1990s.
Members of Generation Y are primarily the offspring of the Baby Boom Generation.
This generation came of age during and after the 1980s, during what has been called the Digital Revolution, so terms such as “Net Generation” and “First Digitals” are sometimes used to describe Gen Y.
Generation Y, like other generations, was shaped by the events, leaders, developments and trends of its time. The rise of instant communication technologies made possible through use of the internet, such as email, texting, and MSN and Yahoo chat as well as new media used through websites like YouTube and social networking sites like mySpace and Facebook, may explain Generation Y’s reputation for being peer oriented and for seeking instant gratification. This trend of communication is continuing into Generation Z.
The current batch of kids are called Generation Z (also called Generation I, the internet generation or iGeneration). They are the generation of people living in Western or First World cultures, born from the 1990s through the 2000s. Following Generation Y, they are typically the children of the youngest Baby Boomers, Generation X and the early Generation Y adults.
It is claimed that members of Generation Z are very active consumers, with a high degree of influence over their parents’ purchasing decisions. Look at the amount of advertising that is aimed at 10 year olds – eg Fast food outlets such as McDonald’s and Burger King.
Gen Z are highly connected, having grown up with digital communications and media technologies such as DVDs, the Internet, instant messaging, text messaging, MP3 players, cellular phones and YouTube, earning them the nickname “digital natives”. Most GenZ kids in the western world have their own mobile phones today.
Generation Zs have grown up in a world with more generally accepted equality of the sexes at work and at home, and where single-parent or same-sex parent families are more commonplace, as are two-income families. Their lives are full of structured activities, and a number of social researchers anticipate members of Generation Z will have a strong social conscience and work ethic. It is these last two generations, Gen Y and Gen Z, that may well save the planet from human destruction.
Generation Y, the predecessor of Generation Z was a generation of tensions, where the children embraced technology in a way their parents’ generation (Baby Boomer) never could. Generation Z differs from Generation Y in that it is the first generation where both the parents and children have taken on board technology together. As a consumer generation, this cohort of kids can be seen as the Now Kids – they want everything now and they want everything that their friends have and that they see advertised on TV.
Some definitions in this article have been taken from Wikipedia.
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