2016, Millennials (aka Generation Y) became the largest
living generation in America, bumping the Baby Boomers
from that position.
Source: Pew Research
If you’re a Millennial, you’ll like
For the last 15 years or so, Gen X and Baby Boomers
have talked about you non-stop because you were the new kids on
But Millennials are no longer the youngest
generation in the workforce. Generation Z (those born from the
end of the 1990s until now) is now graduating college. This
means that you’ll soon start hearing less about Millennials, and
more about Generation Z.
While it’s too early to be
certain how they’ll function as adults, the early indicators are
that they’ll be quite different from the preceding generation
(as most generations are).
It appears they may have more
traditional, old-school values.
Here are four reasons why
I predict this:
few years ago, it seemed like every other baby girl born in the
U.S was named modern, newer names like Tiffany or Amber. (This
was so common that in the 2012 Mark Wahlberg movie “Ted”, he
made a deriding comment about these names.) But since 2013, Emma
has been the most popular name for baby girls, and Noah for
boys. In fact, all ten of the most popular baby names have been
older, more traditional ones ever since. According to the
federal government, they are:
B. Grandma and Grandpa Are Becoming the New Soccer
An unexpected trend began occurring when
Baby Boomers began retiring. Many sold their homes and moved to
be closer to their kids and grandkids. As a result, Generation Z
is growing up with more interaction with their grandparents than
prior generations had. Many of these Baby Boomers are driving
their grandkids to ball games and other extra-curricular
activities while their parents are at work. And along the way,
these kids are inadvertently picking up life lessons, like the
importance of being on time, working hard to succeed, etc.
C. The Economy
Most Millennials grew
up in a time when there were plenty of jobs, which gave them
great optimism – and arrogance for many. I remember a 2007 story
on the TV show “60 Minutes”, in which a twenty-something told
Morley Safer that his generation saw nothing wrong with changing
jobs four times in a year, because they would not settle for
anything less than what made them happy.
Generation Z grew up during the Great Recession, they’re
starting their careers with less arrogance and less of an
D. A More Dangerous World
Remember when you first heard about the shooting at
Columbine High School in 1999? Or the World Trade Center attacks
in 2001? Or the first time you heard of identity th*ft? Or Amber
Each of these probably left you missing a
simpler and safer time you grew up in. But for Generation Z,
this is all they’ve ever known. A world where mass shootings are
constantly in the news, as is the latest story of yet another
high-profile man forcing himself on women, is the norm for them.
As a result, Generation Z will enter adulthood with a
greater sense of caution. So maybe … just maybe … this new
generation will be more like their great grandparents who fought
Of course, these are all just predictions for
now. Check back in five years and let me know if I’m right.
To Your Success,
To be clear about Reason B, Baby Boomers want to stay
forever young. For this reason, we made up names (like “Poppy”
and “Nanna”) when we started becoming grandparents, because they
sounded younger than “Grandpa” and “Grandma”.
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