Forget about Generation Y and the Millenials. The future now belongs to the Founders.
One day in the distant future, when the second Elizabethan Era will be in the history books, people will wonder where the hell we got the names for our generations from.
Gertrude Stein called the young men who fought in World War I ‘the lost generation’. Later on, we started calling those born in the early 1900s the GI Generation, because they experienced World War II in their adulthood. In the 50s, we had the Baby Boomers, so called because of the increase in pregnancy and births in the years following the second World War.
We then had the Hippie Generation in the 1960s, followed by the MTV Generation in the late 70s and early 80s, so called because they saw the rise of mass media. Then we had Generation Y, which was also called the Echo Boom, Generation McGuire, and more recently, the Millenials, and these were the ones who grew up with information technology.
However, if you were born after 1995, you’re none of the above. You are Generation Z, the Google Generation, and the Homeland Generation. If you’re wondering what the difference between Generation Y and Generation Z is, it’s simple. Generation Y remembers the world prior to the advent of smartphones.
But now, it gets even better! An MTV study has revealed that Generation Z should actually be called the Founders and to make this category, the date of birth on your ID card will have to read 2000+.
On top of the Founders’ seemingly innate prowess with social media, Sean Atkins, the President of MTV, told TIME magazine that “the Founders have this self-awareness that systems have been broken, but they can’t be the generation that says we’ll break it even more.”
What this means is that while Millenials disrupted society, the Founders want to rebuild it, and since they’ve grown up in a world without a safety net, and in which everything is available at the click of a button, they tend to be less likely to take risks. Oh, and they also want to stand out from the crowd rather than fit in.
I have to admit that I’m not sure about how I feel about this. Would I call my 13-year-old nephew a Founder? Not yet, I guess…
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