Gen Z: A Generational Gap

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Dinesh Chugh

Gen Z is a generation — as I like to tell people — that is so diverse in its politics, values and interests that it’s hard to describe one specific group. So the question is, can you define a “Gen Y”? To me, one of the defining characteristics of Generation Y (“Y” for short) is that the definition of “them” never quite made it over from the other side of the tracks.

One of the most common comments I’ve heard from clients who say they’re Gen Y relates to generational gaps. Asking, “So what are your goals? What do you want to do?” This generation, they say, feels like they are in limbo, caught between a place they used to be and one they don’t want to be.

A 2016 Pew Research Center study found that Gen Z is a highly educated generation, the top of which is more likely to have a bachelor’s degree or higher than Gen Y in the U.S., and the largest one percent of Gen Z graduates are in the highest income decile. They are also more likely to say they are “white European” or “Anglo-American.”

“Gen Z,” which is the abbreviation for Generation Z, can refer to younger people in their 20s or “young adult” or Gen Z, which is a generation that includes the children of Gen X. They are also sometimes referred to as Generation Zt, which is short for “Generation Z” and is the proper name of this generation.

The youngest Gen Z baby boomers — Gen Z Baby B-ers — are now aged 17 to 24.

The survey was conducted using internet polling and includes data from 8,000 respondents, with a nationally representative sample of teens aged 12 to 17 interviewed March 19 to April 24, 2016. This is the first survey in Pew Research surveys that includes data from young Millennials, Generation X, Generation Y and Baby Boomers, and Pew previously surveyed only Gen X and Gen Y.

Gen Z Baby Boomers, as they tend to be called by millennials, were born between 1946 and 1964 and are now the generation’s “golden age”

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