Children pay attention to their parents much more closely than we usually give them credit for doing. GenZ has observed, pondered, and become determined to find out why? The average person checks their phone 150 times a day!
If every distraction only took one minute, that would account for 2.5 hours of distraction per day!
Instead of having to compete with busy schedules or television to get attention; they have had to contend with the distractions created by technology!
Generation X had the distractions of video gaming and early access to the internet albeit at a much slower pace than what is available today. Since they were the consummate “latch-key” kids of Boomer parents.
- a child who is at home without adult supervision for some part of the day, especially after school until a parent returns from work.
In an attempt to overcompensate for what that generation lacked they became the first generation of “helicopter parents.”
plural noun: helicopter parents
a parent who takes an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of their child or children.
“some college officials see all this as the behavior of an overindulged generation, raised by helicopter parents and lacking in resilience”
I know that there are those at this point that are beginning to seethe at this reference in explaining generations; but simply be objective and follow along with the premise.
In my estimation this has contributed to many of the issues attributed to the Millennial generation. Most of which are totally unfounded but if completely honest, there are certainly elements that do have merit in this conversation.
Fortunately Millennials are maturing and just as the generations that preceded them had to do and are beginning to acknowledge that there are areas of their lives that could be improved upon.
The most intriguing aspect of GenZ is that they have not only witnessed these attributes growing up, they have access to an almost comprehensive digital visual library from which to examine to determine their course of action.