Gen-Z And Technology
Our Fast Fact Analysis
Ministries, schools, and companies need to have a "digital-first" culture, have mentorship programs with protocols, or systems to train these digital natives and push cross-functional skill sets that promote soft skills for collaboration across sectors. If not - they will be left in the dust.
It is true. Generation Z is the savviest collective generation known to technological history. According to Pew Research, only 14 percent of U.S. adults had access to the Internet in 1995. By 2014 that number was 87 percent. Today that number is 97%. The facts are, Generation Z grew up under the modalities of the explosive digital-age. Believe it or not, it all started with the expansion of internet-based gaming. It is noted that the gaming expansion of technological ignited and advanced internet dependence more than any other modality in human history.
"Having 24/7 access to the world’s information via a supercomputer in their pocket has rewired how Generation Z problem-solves, networks, communicates, learns, buys, and ultimately how they will show up in the workplace." - Rayan Jenkins
Unlike their Millennial parents, Gen-Z'ers, while native creatures to digital communication tools, actually prefer face-to-face communications. Although it must be noted, GenZ considers the use of social media as face-to-face communications due to v-chat (video communications). While new studies point to the fact that Generation Z is the demographic cohort more interested in job permanence and multi-tasking, researchers are also seeing how this generation uses technology to shift out of traditional roles in the church, office or the on-campus classroom. In fact, by learning from the mistakes of their Millennial parents, today many are opting for job experience over formal education with many being employed straight out of high school - due to their experiential knowledge with technology. When education is needed, they populate the online schools in short-course modalities. They primarily make use of training that is fast and to the point. This statistic is what on-campus colleges are alarmed. If the trend continues, on-campus schools will fade into society.
While new technology is connecting GenZ'ers to each other in different and much faster ways, these changes have formed an addiction of sorts, which is stimulating a new addictive ramification - suicide. Digital dependence promotes isolated feelings of loneliness. The statistics are beyond alarming. Secondly, digital users are knocking on the door of effects as to how humans relate to one another. The new 2020 term used to depict this demise is the Cultural Tower of Babel. While it might seem beneficial and progressive, the digital-age comes with a double-edged sword. On one hand, the world of technology is boosting our ability to be productive, while the other hand reveals a much darker consequence - this crazy busy world is grounds for the making of "crazy" people.
While it is true that Generation Z are more objective than their Millennial parents, the bent toward following their "passions" makes them the vulnerable generation.