Who is Generation Z?


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Generation Z is known for its use of technology and social media.

Samantha Mayer, North Staff Writer

Through years of evolution, history has shown common characteristics among humans that still shape newborns today: curiosity, sociability, ingenuity and the need for order. The concept of generational theory is to label and classify the changing aspects of human nature per historical, societal or cultural circumstances that develop.

Strauss-Howe generational theory was created by authors William Strauss and Neil Howe. The theory was developed to characterize human history based off generational trends. The process to defining human generations begins with locating groups of people who share three common characteristics. First, members of a generation share what the authors call an age location in history: where people encounter the same historical events and face similar social trends.

Generation Z is the most recent of human generations. Sometimes called “The Founders” or the “iGeneration” taking place after the Millennials ranging from mid-1990s to the mid-2000s. A significant aspect of Generation Z, is that besides being the most advanced of our predecessors, it is known for its widespread use of technology and internet access previously unavailable to the older generations.

Due to this availability, everyone is constantly connected to thousands of people via social media platforms. This can create a lack of socialization with peers, that can result in the loss of communication skills with fellow peers, something vital to the human race.

Generation Z is also the most diverse of generations with widespread acceptance of racial, socioeconomic, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds, as well as various lifestyles, experiences and interests. However, they are also the least likely to believe in the American Dream.

However, due to Generation Z still being in effect, most characteristics and labels of the most recent generation are half-baked and not fully formed. Until the end of Generation Z, more conclusive information may come to light as found with our predecessors.


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