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MARY ANALYN D.

SABELLANO MAED-READING

WHERE MILLENIALS END GENERATION Z BEGINS

In the seminar last March 15, 2019, with a theme “The Philosophy of the Netizens:
A Curriculum Engineering,” two excellent guest speakers where invited, they are Prof.
Efren Jone J. Oledan and Mr. Henry C. Abueva. The talk of the two speakers were very
informative where I learned a lot of information about how the philosophies of the
individuals change by time. The most highlighted talk on the seminar is the philosophies
of the Generation Z.

According to Forbes (2015), the generation after the Millennials is called


Generation Z. This new generation - Generation Z is defined as people born from the mid-
1990s to early 2000s as starting birth years. Individuals who are born in this generation
are tend to be more global, social, visual, and technological. They are the most
connected, educated, and sophisticated generation ever. This generation Z people
comprises almost two billion of the population globally, and they just do not represent the
future, they are creating it.

At first, I did not which generation I belong. But, during the seminar, I learned that
I am a part of Generation Z. Previous researches revealed that Generation Z individuals’
age now ranged from 7-22 years old, which fits to my age (21 years old). I was so attentive
listening to the talk about the characteristics of Generation Z individuals during the
seminar. It is almost true that some characteristics of Generation Z revealed by the
seminar speakers are very accurate to what I am today.

According to the Institute for Emerging Issues (2012), the Generation Z is the most
ethnically diverse and technologically sophisticated generation (Singh & Dangmei, 2016).
This is generation is also called as the Do-It-Yourself Generation because most
individuals that are part of it are solely strong and independent. Moreover, Generation Z
individuals are more realistic when it comes to doing work and very optimistic about the
future. However, based on the findings of Generational White Paper (2011), Generation
Z individuals tend to be too impatient, instant-minded, lacking the ambitions of the
previous generations, have acquired too much dependency on technology, low attention
span, individualistic, self-directed, most demanding, acquisitive, materialistic, and entitled
generation so far (Singh & Dangmei, 2016).

Furthermore, technology is the main part of Generation Z’s identities. It contributes


a big part of their lives. In this manner, social media is the primary key of them to connect
with each other around the globe. But, according to Joseph Coombs (2013), Generation
Z individuals are tech savvy but lack problem-solving skills and have not demonstrated
the proper ability to look in certain situations, put in context, analyze it and make decision.
For Generation Z people, ‘technology is life to them.’ Most of the people in this generation
tell that technology makes their life more convenient because they already know the
proper skills in handling it, while some tell that their lives are already glued to technology
which makes them unproductive. But after all, whether an individual belongs to any part
of new generation: Generation X, Alpha, Y, or Z, his or her view on technology still
depends on himself or herself.