Brynn Lewis, Staff Writer
You’ve heard of the revolutionary Baby Boomers, and you’ve heard of the materialistic and disenfranchised Generation X. But Generation Z? Who are they? Well, to make a long story short, it’s…us.
Also known as the Digital Natives, the iGeneration and Plurals, no one can quite agree on the starting date for Generation Z, although many experts say that the generation began in the mid- to late nineties. The idea is that since Generation Z grew up in the aftermath of 9/11, economic instability, and climate change, we have become more interested in the global world. We understand the Internet like it’s second nature to use, and can decode the settings of a smart phone in under five minutes. We’ve branched out from just using Facebook or Twitter to other forms of social media—things like Tumblr, Snapchat, and Instagram. In North America, we are the most diverse and multicultural generation to ever exist. We like being independent, open-minded, and forging our own unique identity.
Not everyone’s a fan, though. Some people say that members of Gen Z require instant gratification and are too hooked on technology. What about you? What do you think?