Updated: May 11
“Hi, my name is John* and I am 15 years old. I was born in 2005.”
While conducting an online session for a group of high school students recently, we started off the session by having a short round of introductions. Being the youngest, John went first. When his age was mentioned, it suddenly hit me:
This student is 12 years younger than me.
John is part of Generation Z and he grew up in an age where having a laptop and a smartphone was already a norm. They are known to be hyper-connected online, technologically savvy, and have shorter attention spans as compared to their predecessors. They are also currently dominating the classrooms.
However, in a few more years, a new group of children will be replacing them. They will outgrow, outperform, and outlive all previous generations before. In fact, some of them are already in primary schools. As we usher in a new age of youths, we need to ask ourselves this rather important question:
Are we ready for Generation Alpha?