Baby Boomers And Millennials

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We’ve all heard of baby boomers and millennials, but Generation Z should be our primary focus. Each generation has their defining characteristics; Baby Boomers are mentally tough and handle adversity well. They lived through the Vietnam War and the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., while Millennials are non-traditionalists who value experience and rely heavily on technology (“Generations X,Y,Z”). Generation Z is defined as those born from 1995 to 2012, making them ages 5 to 23, and are characterized by professor and author McKibbin as “realistic, tech-oriented, very competitive, individualistic and highly driven” (McKibbin). On the other hand, defining character traits also include “declining attention spans and…show more content…
UCLA psychologist Patricia Greenfield characterizes cell phones and video games as harmful as drugs and alcohol due to their addictive effects (Cook), and the majority of the population would say that children and teens today spend too much time on screens, as children ages 8 and under spend triple the amount of time on technology as kids did just two years ago (Hu). Yes, the role of technology is undeniably more persistent in kids lives today than any other time, but the familiarity with technology should be viewed as an advantage to children and teens of Generation Z. With an increased accessibility to any information due to the internet, obtaining knowledge is easier and faster. Any information that a child or teen would like to know, ranging from makeup tutorials to math lessons is easily available, and Generation Z takes great advantage of those resources. Also, while some argue that social media causes loneliness and an egotistical personality, one must also consider its great benefits. Author Dan Carrison states that technology is making newer generations smarter. Never before have young adults been able to communicate so easily via the internet and social media, which creates for more in depth discussions. In addition, social media allows young users to broaden their view point and consider ideas they have never thought of before, while also learning to validate and support their own forming opinions (Carrison). Children and teens today have more opportunities to express themselves and their opinions via the internet, while also learning about other perspectives. As a result, Generation Z is developing their thinking skills and becoming outspoken advocates of their opinion, which helps creates progress in the world. Not to mention, for
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