In recent years there has been lots of chit-chat about the generation of millennials (born between 1980 and 1995). However, as time goes, newer generations are catching up, and now, they make the most of the population in the US.
As for 2017, the population of gen Z and A in the United States has reached 90.55 million compared to 72.06 million millennials.
Generations A and Z are already taking over the world. But how well do we know them?
While we seemingly know a lot about millennials, those representatives of the youth who come after seem to be overlooked. In this article, we are going to discuss these generations and their key differences. Let’s dive in!
Gen Z vs. Gen Alpha: Profiles
Before we can move on and discover the main differences between representatives of the modern youth, let’s take a closer look at both generations’ profiles:
The Zs are those who were born between 1995 and 2010. There are still many debates regarding the time frame and who can be considered a part of this group. There are already suggestions that it is high time to move over millennials as those from gen Z.
Older reps of gen Z have witnessed a much different system than offered by the new digital world awaiting Alphas.
Let’s take one field as an example – education. Older ones still remember writing essays rather than typing them, and, oh well, using online essay service to handle their tasks, or working on exciting projects without the help of technology, etc.
However, with the rapid development of technology, educational programs are changing as well. Younger kids already have more digitalized experiences at schools. They get a chance to experience alternative teaching methods such as VR learning and similar approaches.
So who are these children of digitalized societies?
Generation A (Alpha)
These are the people born between 2010 and later. The term generally applies to the youngest representatives, those aged ten and less. According to the statistics, there are more than 2 million members of this group born every week. This means that by 2025 there will be more than 2 billion representatives of gen Alpha.
Sometimes, these two groups are considered as parts of a single generation. For example, some people prefer to extend the time frame for gen Z to 2025.
However, such an approach doesn’t really make sense simply because representatives of the two groups are so different that they can’t fit the same category.
Top 6 Differences Between Generations Z and A
Now, what makes them so different? Let’s figure this out:
Those born between 1995 and 2010 have witnessed the birth and rise of social media.
However, it is fair to say that these people had at least part of their childhood offline, whereas representatives of gen A get to know what social media is since early childhood.
The difference is that kids under the age of 10 just don’t know the world without these platforms. It allows us to assume that younger reps will be even more addicted to social media.
People from Gen Z are known to be pretty flexible in terms of adapting to technology. However, Alphas are tech natives.
Just like in the case with social media, they don’t remember what life was like before all this technological progress.
Besides, the technology they observe from their first years is much more advanced compared to what gen Z could see. Thus, it is fair to say that Alphas are used to complex innovations from early childhood.
Most of you should know that concerns about our planet and the ecological situation on it have been worsening in the past years. In fact, both representatives of gens Z and A express their worries about the ecology.
However, it seems like Alphas are generally more concerned about this matter. After all, they are being raised in the world that already faces certain issues like climate change, so we can expect them to have more active positions on this matter.
Gen Z already shows a tendency to shop online rather than go to regular stores. We can expect this tendency to grow even more popular among Alphas. Many believe that people from gen A won’t go to regular stores at all.
On the Last Note: Thinking Outside the Box
Finally, with everything mentioned above, we can assume that people from gen A will be even more eager to think outside the box and break the boundaries.
While they are still young, they are witnessing rapid progress in all spheres, and this should definitely influence their creative potentials.