Every generation looks slightly different.From baby boomers, millennials to Generation Z, although there may be some similarities, no generation is the same. Since we are in an era when social media and influencers are at the forefront of many people’s entertainment lives, and are still in the midst of a national pandemic, some people might think that it has caused a huge change for high school students. One of them is a high school teacher from Bakersfield, California.
CalJeremy explained several reasons: his students were able to successfully identify celebrities, Kendall Jenner and Miley Cyrus, but could not identify policymakers such as former Vice President Mike Pence or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Jeremy said that today’s young people “lack behaviors, values, and hope. Humans have traditionally found a higher meaning…even simple satisfaction.”
In his book “Hollowed Out: A Warning About America’s Next Generation”, he further shared why he has this view of Generation Z. The National Teacher of the Year nominee stated that this generation is highly related to technology but separates their family, church or community from important people like this. Several studies have shown that social media is related to depression, because some young users have difficulty comparing themselves with others.
Suicide has become the second leading cause of death for this generation. From 2007 to 2017, the incidence of depression increased by 63%, while the suicide rate among teenagers increased by 56%. While the report continued, Jeremy proposed how family life affected Gen Z due to the decline in marriage rates and traditional two-parent families. “The neglect of family life is one of the biggest reasons for the emptiness of students and American life,” he said.
At the end of the report, Jeremy disclosed what the future of Gen Z might look like, and predicted that today’s young people are unprepared for the future. He has shown through research that the attention span of generation Z students is 8 seconds, which leads to “declining performance, inattention, and academic performance.”
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