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Generation Z is one of the names used for the First World or Western generation of people born between the mid-1990s and the late 2000s.[1][2][3] Relatively little is firmly established about its composition, character, and even name.

The oldest members of this generation were born during the mid-1990s, and the youngest of the generation were born during a baby boomlet around the time of the Global financial crisis of the late 2000s decade.[4] They roughly span the birth years of 1995 to 2009.[5]

Following Generation Y, they are typically the children of Generation X; their parents also include the youngest Baby Boomers and some of the oldest Generation Y-ers.[citation needed]


Other neologisms describing this group

Due to media attention, a variety of neologisms are used to describe Generation Z including Generation I,[6][7] or The Internet Generation or simply, Net Generation.

Within Strauss and Howe's generational theory they are known as The New Silent Generation. It could be observed however that superficial extraverts might just need to adjust to the social media that is normal to this generation where even the education system is lagging behind to adapt to the changes of the internet, where "socializing" might not consist of going to a diner, or to an arcade (or even leaving your home) to play video games with peers for this generation. It has been said that in 2008, 1/4 of post-secondary full-time education students were enrolled in fully online courses, with an estimated 44% in 2009[8].

Observed traits and trends in Generation Z

On the average, members of Generation Z are highly participative. They do not only view wikis but also upload into them, rate their contents, and participate in their online activities.

They too are highly connected, many having had lifelong use of communications and media technologies such as the World Wide Web, instant messaging, text messaging, MP3 players, cellular phones and YouTube,[9][10] earning them the nickname "digital natives".[3] No longer limited to the home computer, the internet is now increasingly carried in their pockets on mobile internet devices such as mobile phones.

Beyond Z

With some consensus on 2009 as the end year of Generation Z, a new label beckons. Having exhausted the alphabetized theme of generations X, Y and Z, it has been suggested that the next generation, born from 2010, will be called "Generation Alpha".[11]

While Generation Z is often referred to as the 21st century generation, Generation Alpha will be truly the first millennial generation because they will be the first entirely born into the 21st century (the oldest members of Generation Z were born at the tail end of the 20th century).[12]

Generation Alpha will largely be the children of Generation Y, the grandchildren of the younger Baby Boomers and the younger siblings of Generation Z.[13]


  1. ^ Tapscott, Don (2008). Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World. McGraw-Hill. pp. 15-16. ISBN 9780071508636. 
  2. ^ Walliker, Annalise (25 February 2008). "Generation Z comes of age". Herald Sun.,21985,23269842-662,00.html. Retrieved 27 April 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Schmidt, Lucinda; Hawkins, Peter (July 15, 2008). "Children of the tech revolution". Sydney Morning Herald. ,
  4. ^ Jayson, Sharon (2008-07-16). "Is this the next baby boom?". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
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  6. ^ Leonard, Bill (January 2000). "After Generations X and Y Comes Generation I - Internet generation - Brief Article". BNET (Orig. HR Magazine). Retrieved 13 Dec 2009. 
  7. ^ Microsoft (28 October 1999). "The Challenge and Promise of "Generation I"". Press release. Retrieved 13 Dec 2009. 
  8. ^ Ambient Insight Research (2009) US Self-paced e-Learning Market Monroe WA: Ambient Insight Research
  9. ^ The generation Z connection: teaching information literacy to the newest net generation. Teacher Librarian (February, 2006)
  10. ^ Riedling, Ann Marlow (2007). An educator's guide to information literacy: what every high school senior needs to know. Libraries Unlimited. ISBN 1591584469. 
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  12. ^ [|McCrindle, Mark]; Wolfinger, Emily (2009). The ABC of XYZ: Understanding the Global Generations. Sydney: UNSW Press. p. 202. ISBN 9781742230351. 
  13. ^ [|McCrindle, Mark]; Wolfinger, Emily (2009). The ABC of XYZ: Understanding the Global Generations. Sydney: UNSW Press. p. 204. ISBN 9781742230351. 

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