Posted by Dawn O'Bar on Mar 08, 2019

They are sometimes referred to as Gen. Z (short for Generation Z),  the Digital Natives or Navigators, Post Millennials, or the iGen.
 
 
 
 
Randstad Canada describes Generation Z as those born between 1995–2014.[27] Australia's McCrindle Research Centre defines Generation Z as those born between 1995–2009, starting with a recorded rise in birth rates, and fitting their newer definition of a generational span with a maximum of 15 years.  A 2014 report from Sparks and Honey[30] and 2018 research from pscyhologist Jean Twenge[31] describe Generation Z as those born in 1995 or later. In Japan, generations are defined by a ten-year span with "Neo-Digital natives" beginning after 1996.
 
Currently there are over 74 million Americans or 24% of the U.S. population that have their birth years between 1995 and 2012.  That’s one in four of us Americans. What they are called is not as important as their characteristics and how they describe themselves.   So let’s try to understand this generation.   After all, we hope they will be future Rotarians.
 
Dr. Jean Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University reports “iGen is the most ethnically diverse generation in American history:  one in four is Hispanic and nearly 5% are multiracial.  The generation after iGen – those born in 2013 and later – will be the first majority nonwhite generation.”   Even though the data is from US samples, many of the generational shifts that appear here are emerging in other cultures as well.   The internet and smartphone boom hit other industrialized nations at about the same time as these technologies took hold in the US. 
 
As a grandparent to two young ones in the generation after iGen, I’m most concerned that the iGen characteristics may spill over.  (My grandson at two years old and not yet potty trained, knew how to swipe my smartphone to find my photos.  And another friend has a young grandchild that can barely talk but knows the names of phone apps.)
 
According to the latest research, the average 13 year old spends 8 hours per day, seven days a week, glued to a screen.   What does that mean to developing minds?  This inquiring mind wants to know!
 
 
TedX talk by Dr. Jean Twenge.

(If you cannot see the video below on your device, click here).

 

What are your thoughts about the Smartphone generation?   What is the impact of electronic devices on kids’ brains?  Is there such a thing as screen addiction?   What are the effects of social media and selfies on young teens?  Will this generation be able to communicate in social situations?
 
And maybe...Just maybe...read the actual book rather than using your  e-reader device!
 
Enjoy!
 
Respectfully submitted,
PP Dawn O’Bar
 
 
 
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