Gen-Z Observations

Gen-Z was born in a cultural environment that doesn’t offset risk.
An environment that is wiser to risk than ever before but which, paradoxically, seeks it.

The “since 1995” generation have grown along with an array of lifestyle changes naturally desensitizing them to risk. For instance, news and constant debate around the gradual privatization of large governmental services preps this generation to expect unregulated basic services provision. They also learn to expect fewer options for permanent employment contracts with lifestyle and health benefits.

The increasing costs of living, energy and education prep them for a life where debt is deemed to be more common-place than affluence. They are also used to witnessing large numbers of people openly selling common-sense and self-preservation (along with their dignity) to TV and Media producers in exchange for the proverbial quick buck. Not to mention the relentless exposure to shocking and negative media or news content. That is, doomsday type film plots, negative news, politicians and “idols” behaving badly to get money and attention.

Similarly, this generation is used to the concept that wealth doesn’t have to be a realised asset. The money needs not be in a safe under the bed or in the bank, they accept that it can be in the shape of investments or a successful YouTube channel constantly growing. They comprehend investment banking terms and mechanisms better than previous generations, yet, are too quick to ignore the great risks these carry.

Considering the above, Gen-Z might be the most likely to perceive the below sentence as a rule more than as an antisocial statement:

“You may not get what you want even if you try very hard so, do anything you can get away with to secure as much as possible.”

They are also the most likely to forget to use punctuation and plague it with typos.

Whereas scarcity has been a concern for decades, the Baby Boomers generation (from 1946), had a more positive outlook to life than Gen-Z does. Their cultural environment encouraged stable work contracts, collaboration, reliable unions, property purchase, education for all to meet economic growth demands and a health service that would take reasonable care of them. The latter, in strong contrast with the devastating death toll of WWII.

The above is one of a few observations I will be gradually posting to explore the differences between [first and developing world] generations and the apparent major impact that fast-tracked information has on those changes.

Please feel free to comment!
Thanks for reading.

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2 thoughts on “Gen-Z Observations

    • Ha! Well, considering the grossly generalised material I used for this post, for anyone to still manage to identify with 4 generations is quite a feat : )! Very adaptable or my vocabulary in this post is too generic : ).

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