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Generation Y and Z

Generation Y and Z are two generations of people living in our society today. The Wikipedia article on Generation Y illustrates Generation Y as the Millennial Generation. It’s argued who is actually included in Generation Y, but it generally includes those who were born in the late 70’s to those born in the early 2000’s. This generation is thought to be more self-centered and include the people who were introduced to technology during their life. Knowing exactly what Generation Y goes through depends largely on who you think was included in it. Thirty years is a lengthy amount of time, especially since so much changed from the 1970’s to the 2000’s.

The Wikipedia article on Generation Z outlines Generation Z as the iGeneration or the Internet Generation. Like Generation Y, the birth dates included in Generation Z isn’t concrete. Generally, Generation Z consists of those born from 1989 to present. Many argue that Generation Z beginning in 1989 is entirely too early and causes Generation Y to be very brief, but others believe that Generation Z beginning in the early 2000’s leaves out crucial people. The iMedia Connection article, What you need to know about Generation Z, states that Generation Z is very technology-based and for the most part, has had technology in their lives from birth.

The overlap between the two generations is confusing, because the people who were born in the late 80’s and the 90’s are on the borderline of each extreme when it comes to what they’ve experienced. For example, those born in the 70’s and early to mid-80’s generally weren’t introduced to the internet and cell phones until they reached adulthood. Those born in the 2000’s have generally had a computer in their homes since birth and were given a cell phone in elementary school. But those born in the late 80’s and the 90’s can remember life without the internet and cell phones, but were still introduced early on in their lives, like in their teenage years.

The characteristics of each generation makes it easy to infer that over the next decade, those included in Generation Y and Generation Z will impact our world by determining how day-to-day life and business will be conducted. Since both generations are so technology-based, they will find ways to incorporate technology into everything. Day-to-day life will continue to revolve around time spent on the internet and posting things as soon as possible, and they will want their businesses to also revolve around technology. They will want everything to be easy to navigate and simple to change. I believe that they will not be so focused on getting the job done but instead on how to get the job done easily and in a fun way.

Works Cited

Cross-Bystrom, Angela. “What You Need to Know about Generation Z.” IMedia Connection, 20 Aug. 2010. Web. 07 Nov. 2012.

“Generation Y.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 11 May 2012. Web. 07 Nov. 2012.

“Generation Z.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 11 Apr. 2012. Web. 07 Nov. 2012.


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