Being born and raised in a generation of Smartphones, Laptops etc., we the Gen Z have some interesting traits that differ us from other generations. As many other peer groups, we too have pros and cons, yet the Millennials or Gen X (our parents) mostly criticizes us. They think we are lazy and irresponsible. Why? Because we only want things ready and without making a big effort to achieve them. I’ve learned so many things growing up as a Gen Z, but most importantly, not to give up even in the toughest situations. However, in this blog post I want to introduce you, dear reader on the things that encourages and enrages us, as a Gen Z.
As a Gen Z, I was born in 1997, a year that The Pew Research Center defines the beginning of the “Zoomer” and it ends with 2012. So practically we have the oldest member of this generation 23, and the youngest will turn 9 this year. Below, I want to describe you what are the 5 things that differ us from other Generations.
1. Fear of failure
One the biggest problems that I faced as a Gen Z was the fear of failing. After leaving the parental home for beginning my own journey, I encountered lots of failure and disappointments. Sometimes, I won’t even recognize that I was afraid of failure but deep down it destroyed and did lots of damage even to my psychological health. Although, I tried to overlook this feeling by binge watching a movie on Netflix or partying 24/7, it still tortured me for a long period of time.
2. Face-to-face conversations
Sometimes, I do miss my childhood, when mom didn’t let me have a smartphone, but instead insisted that I would talk to my real friends and not just sending messages. Today, I really have lots of international friends, and I can talk online all the time with them but something essentially is missing. Real communication, the one that is without a barrier, where you can express yourself. DMs or WhatsApp messages can be so confusing sometimes, because texting nowadays is a great way to miscommunicate how you feel, and misinterpret what other people mean.
3. Guided by Money not Desires
Generation Z is known to be guided by money. In every step that I took till now, I was guided by the thought of money that I will get in exchange, let it be job or career. Through this I learned that money can’t buy happiness, but it can help you to support you in life. Let me give you a simple example: When I was 18 years old I thought that if I would study engineering I would be much happier and much more successful because it’s a prestigious field, yet I was wrong. I wasn’t made to study hard physics or informatics, because everybody has a specific limit of what they can or can’t do. I knew for sure that if I couldn’t do the engineering part, I could better study something related to the humanistic field and maybe be more successful. We should stop being guided by money in life, because this thing can always do worse than better to us.
4. Instant results
While growing up we always want an instant result, but for us the Gen Z, we constantly want an immediate result. We all know the motto: “Big things take time”, yet I never related to it until now. It’s very frustrating to live in a world where you always want an instant result. I had to work so hard in order to educate myself for future achievements. I’ve learned that big things in life takes lots of time and effort dedication.
However, being a Gen Z is not the end of the world, because our generation is the best in being Goal oriented. We may feel lonely or experience many times emotional breakdowns, and lack social skills in the work/ studying environment, yet our Generation is very realistically. We know when we will fail and we also know when we will succeed. So, basically this kind of generation is very ‘tech’ oriented toward their next move. We love experiences, are more demanding in the society and we love to stand out!
Each generation brings something Unique to the table of workforce, and by understanding each of them, their key strengths and what they have to offer, we can easily build a better society, without the need of introducing new projects of penal institutions.