Remember when Generation X came out? It was the hot new buzz phrase in its time and described people born from the early 1960s to 1970s who were seen as directionless.
Then there was Generation Y, born roughly from the 1980s to 1990s, who were primarily the children of Baby Boomers. Also known as “Millennials,” this group was known for delaying adulthood responsibilities and having unrealistically expectations about entitlement.
Now there’s Generation Z, a subculture of people born sometime around 1995 and who are now entering college. Corey Seemiller, director of Leadership Programs at the University of Arizona explains, “Generations continue to get shorter and shorter. As they progress, technologically and socially, they are beginning to change more rapidly. So you can’t generalize generational characteristics over a 30-year period like we once did.”
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This is the generation that can Google just about anything and find an answer. Seemiller said: “So if you are having a workshop on the 10 steps of conflict management, why would they come if they can Google ’10 steps of conflict management?'” That does not mean that Generation Z is disinterested; it means they are engaged in a different way.