(The Real Agenda News) Millennials, Generation Z, what’s the difference?
Can you tell anything different between these two labels or the people who are included in either of these two groups?
Apparently, those in Generation Z are like millennials, but worse.
Why? Because they are more dumbfounded by smartphones and trendiness than previous generations.
Although one of their positive characteristics seems to be their increased tolerance, this also makes them susceptible to false paradoxes such as “inclusiveness”.
iGens, as they are also called, don’t know much about anything – despite holding smartphones all day – beyond their noses.
In addition, they often lack their own personality, which turns them into stressed time bombs who feel inadequate given their constant search for an existing mold they can fit in.
Most of them have a mobile phone since they were 11 years old and they use social networks as early as adolescence: they are always talking, even if they do not say a word.
According to a study by Ipsos in the United Kingdom, these teens devote 22 hours a week to “communicate”.
The other aspect that defines the new generation is the economic recession. If for the millennials the crisis was a surprise, for iGens it has been the landscape that shaped their lives.
It is possible that this experience of the crisis could make them more responsible: explains Professor Jean Twenge, in his book iGen.
IGens are more likely to stay close to their families.
An explanation to the domestic preference may be a financial one and the desire for independence is less relevant.
Another of the less publicized characteristics of post-millennials is that they are less rebellious, more obedient and that is not good at all.
When we look at statistics, what we see is that adolescents get into less fights, commit less, smoke less and drink less. In other words, they, perhaps forcefully – “mature” even at their early age.
Since 2010, alcohol consumption has been seen to decrease. Young people get drunk less and it’s rarer. This could be associated to a clear lack of money to spend in parties, for example.
Teenagers go out less at night. Only 25% do so every weekend, while in 1999 it was 64%, according to data from the SM Foundation.
These young people return home earlier today than generations before their age. Apparently, so-called smartphones have a lot to do with it. It is less imperative to spend time on the street when you can contact your friends from your room.
Among American adolescents, it has been observed that symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety have increased.
The rates of depressive symptomatology and suicidal ideation are higher than a few years ago, according to a study from Miguel Hernández University.
Determining the causes of these emotional problems has generated a huge debate. Some experts suspect and point to screens and social networks.
A review of the literature on the part of Unicef concluded that the abuse of digital devices can have a negative impact, though if the user can moderate screen time, the result can be positive.
In addition, there is the trace of the economic crisis, which can be another source of problems. It is possible that young people feel more stressed by academic obligations, that the uncertainty of the future has got them concerned or that the tension they have seen in their homes is reflecting on them.
Adolescents suffer more stress than children who live in homes where employment is lacking, especially in those where the father and mother are unemployed or when the mother works and the father does not.
The behavior of postmillennialists has a paradoxical point: if they feel scrutinized, at school or on Instagram, makes them more insecure.
Data on sexual orientation shows that 60% of young British people aged 15 and 16 believe that sexuality is a scale. They do not have such categorical and firm conception of their sexual orientation.
The effects of culture of a multiracial society and sexual diversity is not an exclusive preserve of postmillennials.
The West is living a feminist moment that denounces and rebels against so-called “patriarchal power”.
Internet, again, could be amplifying that trend among teenagers. It is not easier to be who you are today without feeling marginalized, especially in minority groups.
It is absurd to think that our date of birth defines us more strongly than the social class or the place where we are born; or to believe that a generational caricature describes millions of people as if they were an army of clones.
Yet, studying generations is useful, because it is a good way to see the future. If you understand the adolescents, even minimally, you can start making some predictions.