The generation born after 1995 and how they interact with others.
Medical Advisor: Angélica Suárez Brito. Psychologist, practitioner at Coomeva Private Healthcare
While we are still feeling the impact of Generation Y (also known as “the millennials”) in social, economic, work and consumer environments, among others, Generation Z is beginning to create a wave in today’s society with the challenges it places on adults in terms of parenting and education. Learning to understand their wants and behaviors in order to raise them well is a challenge for parents and teachers.
Millennials are those that were born in the eighties. While they have convinced the world to change the rules of the game in many areas especially with culture, thanks to developing technology those that belong to Generation Z have inherited even greater challenges. This new generation was born with technology as part of their DNA, which can affect their mental connection with others, and the behaviors, attitudes and skills they have.
This generation includes those that were born after 1995, which is why they are just now beginning to have a significant effect on labor markets. If you are someone that is part of this generation or if you have children or family members in it, the following tips from psychologist Angélica Suárez Brito may help you understand them.
Who is generation Z?
Generation Z are the brothers and sisters of generation Y (millennials), so they are not very different. These are children and teens that have not developed certain levels of social empathy; their relationships are either few and far between or nonexistent. They have grown up staring at different screens: TVs, tablets, cell phones, and computer or laptop screens. Their lack of emotion is therefore noticeable. “As parents and as a society, we often act as material providers, not as emotional ones. This is what we need to work on most,” says psychologist Angélica Suárez Brito.
The most common reasons these age groups see psychologists is often related to their low level of tolerance for frustration and their inability to identify with authority figures. This is due to the fact that they spend the majority of their time on the internet, where they are always on equal terms with those they interact with; therefore, when it comes time to deal with adults face to face, this interaction is something they are not used to.
How they prefer to communicate
Our specialist explains that there are two ways that generation Z communicates. One is through processes of symbolic interaction, where they can overcome any communication barrier by using emoticons. This becomes a problem when they have to communicate in the real world. When they enter this world, their social skills dissolve, they have a hard time being empathetic with others and letting their wants be known; and when they experience a confrontation, they do not know how to respond without being aggressive. “They are used to everything being black or white, and if they don’t like something, they will send an angry face. But when they are not on social networks, they do not have the skills to respond with sound arguments,” Angélica states.
Learn to understand them and guide them in the right direction
It is therefore essential to show you care for them, both as parents and as people involved in their education. At all times, demonstrate how those from Generation Z are important and emphasize that they have all the mental and behavioral skills to change the world, strengthening their self-esteem and personal efficacy.
With advances in technology, “They have everything at the tips of their fingers in terms of communication, education and their ability to interact. If they manage to fit all of this in to having more affectionate interactions in their relationships and in their social and educational settings, we will have a better generation,” our psychologist remarks.
Families have the great challenge of not just being their material providers, but as being responsible for raising this generation to reciprocate emotionally. Set some clear expectations for them and demonstrate the difference between virtual and human reality.
Schools can also help
As we can observe, school environments are just as important as family ones, as children and teenagers spend the majority of their time there. Parents and educators therefore have an equal responsibility, “Schools face the challenge of offering an education that fits the needs of Generation Z. This is a generation that is not easily fooled. They research, analyze and question everything they are told, which is why school curriculums should change in order to provide solutions that fit their needs,” our psychologist argues, adding, “Schools must change to offer them solutions to what they ask for.”
Suárez concludes by emphasizing that another important issue is to include them in the decisions of different government areas and in private sectors so that programs on health and recreation with the tools that strengthen their qualities and skills can reach this generation.