Generation Z: Screenagers
The Washington Post has published a big story Screenagers — better known as Generation Z or even Homelanders. Here is an excerpt:
They are the true “digital natives,” a label that carries profound implications for their social lives and emotional health, not to mention their minds: Studies show that constant exposure to screens changes the neural circuitry of developing brains, leading to shorter attention spans, stunted social skills and a heightened ability to multitask.
If you are a parent or grandparent or work with kids who 18-20 or younger, you will want to learn everything you can about Generation Z.
The story highlights the work of The Center for Generational Kinetics, an Austin-based company that is a leader in generational research about Millennials and Gen Z.
Here are some of the latest stories about Gen X.
The 30th Anniversary of Hands Across America from Light From A Pixel: A Blog on Spiritual and Philosophical Issues of the Generation X Experience, by Chloe. I remember being so amazed by this event!
The Soundtrack of a Divorce Generation is an informed piece on a number of 90s bands (clips included) who sang about child abuse and dysfunctional families in ways not previously so explicit or frequent. If you have been touched by divorce, either as a child or an adult, be sure to check out Joel Patterson’s thoughtful piece on the dark chapters. It brought to mind a couple songs from the 80s about child abuse — Hell Is For Children by Pat Benatar and Luka by Suzanne Vega.
Malls in 1989
Mashable has published a story about mall pictures from 1989. This is sure to strike a few memories. Check it out. The pictures are the work of photographer Michael Galinsky. His book is Malls Across America.
Rare Commentary on the Silent Generation
Rabbi James Rudin has written a rare commentary about the Silent Generation, also known as the Lucky Few because of their financial prosperity. I almost never see anything written in mainstream media about this generation, born roughly between 1924 and 1945. This is such a terrific piece! Rudin quotes a lyric from Stephen Sondheim’s Follies:
I’ve run the gamut, A to Z
Three cheers and dammit, C’est la vie
I got through all of last year, and I’m here
Lord knows, at least I was there, and I’m here
Look who’s here, I’m still here…
Rock Hall of Fame Politics and Power Exhibit
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, has a new exhibit, Politics and Power. Twisted Sister Frontman Dee Snider, who testified at the 1985 Senate Hearing on Parental Advisory, opened the exhibit. That was the year I graduated from high school. Something notable happened that year in the history of Generation X: My senior class voted to make Twisted Sister’s song, We’re Not Gonna Take It, our class song. If I recall correctly, the song along with class colors appeared on graduation announcements. I think some parents were so mad they refused to mail them to family and friends. I could be making this up, but I don’t think so. Time is taking a toll on the old brain, y’all. I need to start doing Roku or is it Sodoku? Maybe I’ll just stick to some crossword puzzles or something. Anyway, if our parents saw this video they might have feared for their lives. D
If you read the story on Gen Z, what was your biggest takeaway? Mine was that my two younger screenagers are not getting phones until they turn 90.