Among the children born in the 1960s, the children of the 2000s differ greatly from pleasure and myths to the educational model that determines their education: abbreviations and classifications that often flee from us and do not take into account the complexity of each individual. A few suggestions that can help us get it.
Millenials, X or Z: what generation are we part of? And our children are Z or alpha? Let’s make a brief distinction: with the terms Generation Y, Millennial or Next Generation we indicate the generation that followed Generation X (those born between 1960 and 1980, the “baby boomers“, which indicates instead the people born between 1945 and 1959). Those who are part of it – called Millennials or Echo Boomers – were born in the 1980s and 1990s.
1960-1980: Generation X
To have a point of reference, let us remember that they are also called “children of the Cold War“. The name “X” was invented by the writer Douglas Coupland (author of “Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture”. They experienced historic epoch-like events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, they come after the Boomers (of which Bill Clinton is part , Donald Trump and George W.Bush) and remain “crushed” between the American dream and the nightmare of the Twin Towers. Among their myths are the sushi and the Manga. “This generation is the closest from a temporal point of view to an outdated educational model, which sees work as a sacrifice, relationships as a path to be built even with difficulty to achieve a common goal, but already takes its distance ”.
1980-1995: Generation Y or Millennials
Ideal continuation of Generation X, parallel to the Boomerang Generation of which they represent the most cynical and disenchanted part, those born in Generation Y grew up with pop myths like Paris Hilton and Robbie Williams. It is a generation characterized by greater use and greater familiarity with communication, media and digital technologies. “Today’s thirty-year-olds are the first to enter a completely different world of work, devoid of a sacrificial ethic, but capable of reserving surprises in terms of creativity and flexibility; moreover, they have a different way of loving, no longer dominated by the model of a romantic love, in which the couple prevails, but instead is built around the self, in some cases with narcissistic traits “.
1995-2010: what is the Zeta generation
Generation Z or Centennials (also known as iGen or Post-Millennials) identifies people born after the Millennials. An important element of this group is its widespread use of the Internet since its inception, which also translates into a fruition of the “online” culture, through platforms such as Youtube, Netflix and Spotify. From a study conducted by McKinsey four distinctive traits of the “Zetas” emerge which can be summarized with “search for authenticity” (the millennials are the “me generation”, the Z the “true generation”). The Zetas would avoid the labels and prefer the authentic expression of their thoughts, they would mobilize for the causes in which they truly believe, they would be convinced that dialogue could resolve conflicts and improve the world and make decisions analytically and pragmatically.
On the educational front, Generation Z has been exposed to a lot of technology unthinkable for its predecessors, and is more inclined to share personal information online. “The positive aspect visible in these children derives from having grown up with a more expressive educational model, with more present and affectionate parents: a fact that makes them more competent and confident in interpersonal relationships“.
After 2010 – Alfa generation
The “little alphas” are the first generation that perceives technology not only as a medium but as an integral aspect of existence. Growing up with the tablet and the mobile phone next door, they are the children of parents who invest a lot of time, resources and affection in their education: “This last aspect represents an undoubted advantage, but we must also bear in mind the possible other side of the coin, which could present itself in adolescence. Children who have always seen social networks as part of their lives could develop an exasperated need for “like” and approval, “concludes.