What Generation Z Will Potentially Kill in the Future
Posted on March 7, 2018 by Kristin Proctor
Unless you’ve been under an analog rock for the last decade, you’ll know that Generation Z is made up of those born between 1995 and 2014. Gen Z comes bundled with its own set of must-have needs, without which they’ll possibly curl up into a shivering ball of high-tech tragedy. While Millennials grew up with video games, smartphones, texting, and Facebook, these just might fall by the wayside as Gen Z-ers find new ways to occupy their time.
Facebook is slowly losing users to other social media platforms. Gen Z-ers have quickly grasped that Facebook simply goes too far and attempts to encompass too much. Who can blame Gen Z for looking down its pierced nose at a media platform that’s been embraced by corporations, advertising, and wanna-be bands?
Instead, it seems they prefer more specialized fringe social media outlets such as Reddit, Snapchat, and Instagram. And along with killing Facebook, they’ll ax Facebook’s Messenger app. Facebook was heavily pushing their Messenger to be the go-to communication app for young people, but Gen Z-ers really don’t like being told what to do.
2. Traditional Social Activities
Gen Z seems to be less interested in social interactions and, aside from school or work, doesn’t go out much. They primarily stay home and use the internet or their smartphones to connect with each other rather than going to restaurants and other places with their friends.
The good news is, parents have less to worry about without their kids running around town, but will it really benefit Gen Z-ers physically, socially, and psychologically to spend their days and nights hidden away in a digital rabbit hole?
3. Colleges and Universities
While Gen Z-ers respect the value of education, they’ve seen far too many older friends and relatives struggle with crushing student loan debt and an increasingly hostile job market. For the first time in a long time, it just might be wiser to skip university in favor of tech trades and other callings that don’t require four (or more) years of financial burden that can follow people around forever.
4. Television and Cable Providers
Gen Z is following in the footsteps of Millennials and cutting the cord. This is nothing new, but the sheer population size of Gen Z means it’s going to be even more difficult for advertisers to get the attention of this group. These kids were brought up with tablets and smartphones as pacifiers. They don’t have time for commercials.
Along with abandoning television, Gen Z isn’t signing up with cable providers for TV channels. They prefer to pay for content that comes from Netflix, Amazon, and other streaming services. They’re just too savvy to get stuck with what broadcasters want them to watch.
5. Traditional Workplaces
Telecommuting and working remotely is still a relatively new thing — but in the dawn of a Matrix-like global digital landscape, Gen Z might force employers to accept the idea of working primarily from home and on their own schedules. Micromanagers are quaking in their unstylish loafers at the thought of losing control to this group of young adults.
Gen Z tends toward solitary habits, preferring to work on their own terms without anyone watching over their shoulders. They’re more likely to work as freelancers and entrepreneurs or take flexible jobs that let them work on deadlines as opposed to eight-hour days in boring office settings. Who needs cubicles, anyway? Not these guys.
Reading is not a popular activity among Gen Z, and unless an all-emoji form of writing emerges, that’s not likely to change. The ever-increasing speeds and endlessly expanding content of the internet has all but riddled their attention spans with its rapid-fire barrage of data. Thoughts are easily communicated in short-form blasts via Twitter and Snapchat, so who can blame them for not cracking open an 800-page novel… even when using their new Kindle Fire?
7. Alcohol and Drugs
Once considered a rite of passage, drugs and alcohol are finally becoming uncool. According to one working theory, “Just Say No” propaganda seems to have has done its job in turning a generation away from mind- and body-altering substances.
Also, the growing legalization of marijuana has made its use less appealing. After all, if everyone is doing it now, how cool could it possibly be? Harder drugs aren’t glamorized the way they once were, and trashing drug-addled losers is becoming more and more en vogue among music and culture.
Living in urban centers is less important for Gen Z than it was for Millennials. Who wants to live all crammed up like a basketball team in a subcompact car? Plus, Generation Z-ers are not as drawn to cultural events, concerts, and other perks found in cities.
9. Public Transportation
As Uber will readily testify, public transportation — another advantage of living in cities — is quickly becoming a thing of the past as well. Public transport will suffer because Gen Z loves the idea of car ownership and the sense of responsibility that it gives them, not to mention the solitary nature of driving their own cars. After all, who needs some bus driver or city planner telling them where to go and when to stop?
10. Face-to-Face Communication
Ever hear people lamenting that kids these days are too absorbed in their screens? Gen Z is so into their phones and tablets that they don’t spend a lot of time talking to one another. If you want to get the attention of a Gen Z-er, send them a text or a chat — even if they’re in the same room as you. This lack of personal interaction risks destroying something even more important: happiness.
It’s not looking good for this generation to be a happy-go-lucky crowd. Being alone without much human interaction can lead to depression. It might be difficult for Generation Z to find true happiness because they use their phones instead of hanging out and sharing genuine laughter.
Again, this ties into Gen Z’s unwillingness to interact socially with others. Gen Z just might find that it’s just too difficult to bother creating bonds with one another, much less to date someone and deepen that bond. They also are less likely to settle for anyone they find to be less than perfect.
Here’s a shocker: Generation Z is challenging the traditional norms of sex. They still desire physical contact, but they’re less likely to seek it. If they don’t go on dates, they’re less likely to find someone to have a physical relationship with.
14. More Financially Cautious
Gen Z has grown up listening to the stories of Millennials going to college and leaving loaded down with debt. This has conditioned them to become more financially cautious as a result. They’re saving at an earlier age and are putting money aside to secure their future. Gen Z is also much more “hip” to the “jive” that corporations toss out, tending to ignore high-profile brands in lieu of better value.
This generation is just coming into its own as adults and consumers. What they wind up affecting, killing, or changing remains to be seen. What is certain is that Gen Z will cast aside many traditional and accepted ways of life, and instead will follow their own unique path.