Dr Aashima Magotra
The first generations to grow up in a society where smartphones and the internet are commonplace are Generation Z and millennials. They have faced a distinct set of problems and misconceptions as a result of their digital upbringing. They have been accused of being “lazy,” “sensitive,” and “materialistic,” and of having a hand in the waning of venerable professions. We shall examine the traits and issues that Generation Z (Gen Z) is dealing with and throw light on their experiences growing up in the digital era.
The Digital Natives of Gen Z
The generation known as Gen Z, which was born roughly between 1996 and 2010, is referred to as “digital natives” since they have never known a world without the internet.
During their formative years, the introduction of social media changed how people interact and communicate. Gen Z is spending time both partying and studying, and social media is their main form of communication, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Statistics also indicate a marked decrease in teen pregnancies and sexual engagement among Generation Z, highlighting their shifting priorities.
Housing challenges and economic reality
Gen Z, in contrast to earlier generations, must navigate a challenging economic environment marked by rising job insecurity, stagnant salaries, and growing housing costs. For many people in this age, the notion of obtaining financial stability and home ownership is frightening. The difficulties facing Gen Z as they enter adulthood are further exacerbated by the economic insecurity caused by the pandemic and loneliness.
Challenges of Parenting and Privacy Issues
Gen Xers who are currently raising Gen Z and millennial children face the particular challenge of bringing up kids in a world that is far different from and much more demanding than their own upbringing. Every error or mishap may be recorded and shared because of the widespread use of cell phones and digital recording technologies, which adds a level of scrutiny and pressure that was previously unheard of. Gen Z is frequently considered one of the most welcoming generations despite these difficulties.
Generation Z is developing in a climate-changed world, and they express sincere worries about the condition of the environment and its effects on subsequent generations. In the face of environmental crises, they are urging action and change.
Mental Health Is Important
The importance of mental health is now more widely recognised than it once was, and Gen Z is particularly conscious of this. Due to the carefully managed pictures posted on social media, they are under tremendous pressure to achieve academically and socially. To assist Gen Z in overcoming these obstacles, open dialogue and availability of mental health resources are essential.
Technology is causing a rapid transition from the conventional educational model. Gen Z has access to online resources, virtual classrooms, and e-learning platforms, but they must also exercise self-control and sort through the massive amount of information available online.
The dedication of Gen Z to social and environmental problems is a notable trait. They use their expertise in digital platforms to promote change. However, this enthusiasm could result in frustration and fatigue. Turning their enthusiasm into significant change can be facilitated by fostering long-term engagement and intergenerational cooperation.
Generation Z is at a turning point in history, with the digital revolution presenting both unparalleled potential and problems. Their particular experiences, such as digital immersion, a volatile economy, and environmental worries, have shaped their outlook on the world and their objectives. We can provide Gen Z with the tools they need to overcome challenges and make an excellent contribution to the future by identifying and addressing their unique needs and issues.
Dr Aashima Magotra