There is no doubt that Generation Z has adapted technology much faster than previous generations. This is mostly because they’ve grown up with it, from iPads and smartphones to tap and pay systems. Gen Z reflects people born in the late 90s and early 2000s, meaning many have had advanced technology as part of their lives since they were born.
Basically, every generation has more technology than the next, but Gen Zers were born right in the middle of a tech boom, just as people born today are. In the 2020s, these Gen Z folks are starting to drive real change.
Influence of Social Media
In 2003, the world was taken in by MySpace, to be quickly followed by Facebook a year later. Twitter came in 2006, and Instagram followed in 2010. Social media has become a normal part of life, and for Gen Z, it represents a lot more than a means of communication.
Social media has now become so common that several networks exist for different online activities. Instagram for photo sharing, Facebook for keeping in touch with friends, Snapchat for communication and LinkedIn for business.
Tech-Savvy and Entrepreneurial
One of the ways we expect the world to change under Gen Z’s guidance is the way they conduct business. When previous generations grew up, entrepreneurship was a rare thing. Today, the digital age has created so many opportunities for people to become entrepreneurs or work for themselves. While the impact is slow, this revolution is gradually changing the world’s business and employment landscape.
Challenges and Opportunities
The technological age offers a heap of opportunities, but there are also some pitfalls to consider. Cyberbullying, digital addiction, information overload, and spending too much time on devices can make people insulated and isolated, leading to serious mental health challenges.
So, while digital technology is here to stay and crucial for our modern world, Gen Z will need to lead the way as today’s digital natives.
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