We here so much about the ‘generations’ these days. Baby boomers, millennials, gen z etc. It seems a bit strange to lump millions of people together and make generalisations on them based on the years they were born in but some of them are kind of true. I always thought I was a millennial but then I did a bit of digging and turns out, I’m part of the gen z grouping, aka iGen. I’m going to refer to it as ‘iGen’ because I feel like that represents us a little better.
People in the iGen grouping are born between 1996 and 2015, it seems a little weird to be grouped in with people who are literally four years old right now. According to what I’ve read on the interwebs, iGen is very pragmatic, self-expressive, less likely to label themselves and focused on job stability since we grew up in the credit crunch. Apparently, we’re also meant to be really good at saving money but I didn’t get that memo.
The Things I Hate
In this generation, we are so quick to cancel people. It’s huge on social media, especially Twitter. I’m not saying that people shouldn’t be called out for the shitty things that they say or do but coming at a person because of one mistake is a little silly imo. This is really big with the fandom cultures on Twitter like BTS Army and Swifties and whatever else there is. One person says one thing and all of a sudden their name appears in a #isoverparty campaign which gets to trending in like 0.5 seconds.
Being so screen-centred
I’m calling myself out here. As a generation, we spend way too much time with our faces stuffed in our screens and it can be so detrimental. It can mess up our relationships, our mental health and just our lives in general. Even when we’re at concerts or on holiday our phones are constantly out. When we should just be enjoying the moment and making memories.
A little bit pessimistic
I don’t know if this is just because of all the crap that we see in the media every single day but we seem to be a really pessimistic generation of people. We can really be blamed when we live in a country where we literally do not know what is going on and neither do our leaders.
Materialism and the need to have things
We are so obsessed with things. The reasoning behind being called iGen is probably because we have this need to have all the new tech that comes out. We flex on social media and make sure everyone knows what we have. For a long time, I was really materialistic but I’ve started a lil’ minimalism journey and honestly, it’s so refreshing to just have what I know I need and not covet every single thing I see online.
The Things I Love
Focused on change
One of my favourite things about my generation is how focused we are on change. There are so many brilliant movements going on right now. I think it’s amazing how more and more young people are trying to make changes. Not all of these changes are massive but they are all important. I have so much pride in our generation for this.
Accepting to all kinds of people
This is another thing that makes me take pride in our generation. I’d say that we’re one of the most accepting generations because we’ve grown up in a society where people are more accepted for being their true selves. I know that not all people are accepting but I’d say that a majority of people in our generation are really accepting. It’s really not that hard to let people be who they want to be and just be supportive of that.
Willing to learn from our mistakes
I mentioned about being screen-centred in my ‘hate’ section but this is my own rebuttal to that. Yes, I argue with myself. We’re willing to look inward and do something about it. I see lots of people trying to live more presently. Still using their phone but making an effort to spend more time enjoying moments with it. Lots of us are looking at our use of single-use plastic and we’re trying to make changes. I know that it isn’t only our generation doing this but our generation seems so much more open to learn from mistakes and make changes.
The internet has been around for ages, that I know. But I feel like our generation is the one that is really globally connected. We have friendships with people from all over the globe. People from Australia and the U.S. read my blog posts. It’s so amazing how connected we are to the whole world.
♡ How do you feel about your generation?
“Generation Z, they cleaned up their own mess” – Max Brooks.
Until next time,