- “The ground is moving for the first time for progressive Generations Y and Z in opposition to Baby Boomers in power, observes Harvard pollster John Della Volpe. He points out that globally the Millennials (Gen Y) are the largest one in history. He calls them the Values Generation, evidenced by the large numbers of white protesters against police violence. Just as they were fired up by the Parkland movement for gun control to vote in 2018, he predicts the same for the 2020 election (although they didn’t turn out for Bernie Sander’s presidential campaign). Your observations about generation differences?
- Max Haskell, Oct 11, 2019. Daily Trojan
- Pollster discusses millennial, Gen Z voter trends ahead of 2020 elections
Generation Z, born between 1995 and 2000, has similar views to their older siblings and are also a large US generation. Their parents are Gen X. They’re also referred to as iGeneration, Gen Tech, Net Gen, Post-Millennials, Plurals, Homeland Generation, the Founders (to rebuild broken systems). They’ve always had technology like smart phones around them and teens are more likely to use them than watch TV. They’re less likely to use alcohol and drugs than older generations and have higher high school graduation rates than Millennials, according to Annie E. Casey Foundation research. Like Pakistani Malala Yousafzai, they want to be a force for good, but some studies say Gen Z is more conservative than Gen Y, and even more entrepreneurial. Older Gen Z’s grew up during the Great Recession; therefore, they value security and are pragmatic and entrepreneurial. Surrounded by technology since birth, they multitask but prefer face-to-face communication according to Deep Patel.[i] He views them as more individualistic, independent and competitive than the team-oriented Millennials.
A poll of 5,000 Gen Z university students reported that an empowering work culture is more important to them than salary and mentorship is important to them.[ii] They’re passionate about making the world better, including wanting to work for workplaces that give to their communities. Their top causes are equality, environmentalism, health, students, and poverty.
[i] Deep Patel, “8 Ways Generation Z Will Differ From Millennial in the Workplace,” Forbes, September 21, 2017.
[ii] Door of Clubs, “What 5,000 Gen Z’ers Tell Us About the Future of Work,” Medium.com, November 30, 2017.
Ageism in Youth Studies: Generation Maligned
Ageism is prevalent in a great deal of current scholarship in the social sciences as scholars fault youth for being delinquent or politically apathetic. Researchers ignore young people’s actual voices, despite their leadership in recent global uprisings, some of which unseated entrenched dictators. Neoliberalism must be exposed in its focus on youth sub-cultures and styles rather than economic barriers caused by growing inequality and rising youth unemployment rates. Ageism in Youth Studies also discusses the debate about “Generation We or Me” and if Millennials are narcissistic. Resources about global youth studies are included, along with the results of the author’s surveys and interviews with over 4,000 young people from 88 countries.