“These children are so mature and they learn so fast, they might just be ready to take over by the time they’re 22,” said Alexandra Levit in an article written for The New York Times this year titled ‘Make Way for Generation Z’.
Many of us have heard of the Baby Boomers and Generation X–how they made big waves concerning politics and social unrest. These activists who fought their way through the turbulent 60’s have given my own generation a lot to try and measure up to.
My generation is known as Generation Z. Born from 1995 to 2012, we are the young adults entering college, as well as the 3-year-olds just learning to expand their vocabulary. We are the nervous prom-goers and the excitable pre-schoolers. Our range is just starting to really hit the workplace and find our niché in the world around us.
Gen Z is growing up in an environment ripe with ethnic diversity and a longing for sexual and gender equality. Technology plays a gigantic role in our lives, and many of us can’t remember a time there wasn’t a computer or cell phone in our houses.
That being said, Gen Z has a large amount of tools at our disposal. Our tech-savvy advantages make us more eligible for jobs relating to social media and the internet as a whole.
In some ways, the internet has made us more social–able to connect with people around the world with the click of a button. However, it can also have the opposite effect. It’s safe to assume that some Gen Z-ers would rather stay in and feel the touch of their keyboards rather than go out and feel grass between their toes.
According to suburbanist.org, approximately 9,799 Generation Z members will be turning 20 this year in Sacramento County alone. Many of us are right at the cusp of adulthood, trying to balance new responsibilities with old habits. The years ahead show much promise, and with the help of the generations before us, we have the opportunity to be one of the most successful generations yet.