Emma Brooks and Manoela Dos Santos Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- America’s most recent generation, Generation Z, is creating the future right in front of our eyes.  Globally compromising two-billion people; they are the tweens, the teens, the youth and young adults of society.

Born between 1998 – 2010, Generation Z is considered the first fully immersed technology natives. Gen Z’ers have a higher technological competency than Millennials. They can understand and operate a variety of devices and software; this makes them appealing to potential employers.

The majority of the generation is beginning to enter the work force now.  Mashable wrote, “Gen Z shares the entrepreneurial spirit of millennial innovators.” About 72% of current high schoolers want to own their own businesses, and 76% hope they can turn their hobbies into full-time jobs.

Ninety-six percent of Generation Z’ers own smartphones.  Because of this, teens are most likely to experience a new type of boredom: Phone boredom.  Taylor Lorenz from the dailybeast writes that, “Phone boredom occurs when you’re technically ‘on your phone,’ but you’re still bored out of your mind. It’s that feeling when you’re mindlessly clicking around, opening and closing apps, looking for something to do digitally and finding the options uninteresting.”

LRHS sophomore Emily Brandt agreed, “I do experience phone boredom. I find myself scrolling on for hours; it’s like a blackhole.”

Gen Z’ers were born in a world of immediate answers and infinite choices, on average their attention span is only eight seconds. Magnini blog author Justin Daab explained, “It’s not that they cannot pay attention, necessarily, but that having any meaningful interactions with incoming stimuli requires an unflinching ability to triage in real time.”

People apart of Generation Z are still working to define who they are, and this developing generation is making an impact in a big way. Not surprisingly, most of the Gen Z’ers are unaware that they are part of an identified, specific generation.

When asked what is means to be a Gen Z’er, LRHS seniors Sydney Davis and Sofia Anderson said they weren’t sure how to define Generation Z, “We aren’t sure how to define generation Z, before today we had never heard of it. But we are glad to be a part of it.”

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