The Most Remarkable Characteristics of Gen Z

Have you heard of the centennial generation? In this article, we'll show you some of the most interesting characteristics of Gen Z.
The Most Remarkable Characteristics of Gen Z
Ana Couñago

Written and verified by the psychologist Ana Couñago.

Last update: 27 December, 2022

In recent years, much has been written about millenials, the young people who were born between 1980 and 1995. The term refers to those growing up with the expansion and development of the internet and new technologies. However, we’re hearing more and more about the next generation, which is Generation Z, also known as centennials. Here, we’ll talk about some of the characteristics of Gen Z.

This new generation includes those born, approximately, between 1995 and 2010, which is the era of digitalization. Do you want to know the most remarkable characteristics? Pay close attention to what we’ll tell you below.

“Each generation wants a symbol, new people, new names, they want to divorce the previous generations.”

-Jim Morrison-

A group of teenagers smiling.

The most remarkable characteristics of Gen Z

Young people belonging to Gen Z, like any other generation, displayspecific characteristics marked by experiences and circumstances. Below, based on information by Coolhunting Group, we’ll show you some of them.

1. Gen Z is the first generation of digital natives

The young people of Gen Z are the first digital natives, as electronic devices have surrounded them since they were born and they’ve been interacting with them since their first years of life. This makes them tend to use them, especially cell phones, to carry out multiple daily activities, such as:

  • Communication
  • Searching for information
  • Learning
  • Playing
  • Buying things

In addition, a large part of their free time is dedicated to using social networks and streaming videos.

“The internet is much more than a technology. It is a means of communication, interaction, and social organization.”

-Manuel Castells-

2. They’re impatient and lose concentration easily

Due to their high use of technology, they’re used to immediacy. This is because they can get everything online easily and quickly.

However, real life isn’t always like that, which leads them to have little patience, show little tolerance for frustration, and lose concentration in a very short time.

3. They’re more aware of the environment

This generation has grown up being aware of the impact that humans have on the environment and the problems this causes in the short and long term. Therefore, in general, they’re people that are committed to the care and protection of the environment and who want to fight climate change.

4. They’re more realistic

Those born between 1995 and 2010 have experienced the great economic crisis of 2008 and its consequences during their childhood. Because of this, they’re more socially and economically realistic, cautious, and responsible compared to previous generations.

“Gen Z is realistic. They have grown up in a world full of reminders of what’s wrong and what needs to change.”

-Lance Shields-

5. They respect diversity

People who are part of Gen Z are born in a globalized world characterized by cultural diversity. So, they’re used to living and interacting with all kinds of people.

Teenagers sitting on their phones.

In addition, the education they receive is based on equality, inclusion, and respect for diversity. All this makes them develop an open, flexible, and very critical mind regarding certain social issues.

Understanding the characteristics of Gen Z

In order to understand children, teens, and young people in today’s world, that is, the new generations, it’s essential to know what their characteristics are. In addition, we need to know their concerns, thoughts, personality traits, etc.

If you’re the mother or father of a person who belongs to Gen Z, or you’re in contact with them a lot, surely, after reading this article, you have a much better understanding of their habitual behaviors and attitudes.

We also need to mention that this is a generation under construction that still has a lot to live and experience, which will transform over the years. Are you ready to watch them grow and mature?

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.