Mini-Millennials

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A recent Insider article talks about how Gen Alpha, digitally savvy, digital native generation of youths, has overtaken Gen Z, who reigned over the internet culture in the 2010s, and has been at the forefront of new social media platforms and trends.

While there are slightly differing definitions of the exact years that comprise Gen Alpha, the bulk of them are under 13 years old. The oldest are just entering their teen years, and the youngest have yet to be born. Children born from 2025 onwards will be known as “Gen Beta.” 

– The Insider

Deborah Carr, PhD, professor of sociology and director of the Center of Innovation in Social Science at Boston University, and author of Golden Years? Social Inequalities in Later Life, says “They’re growing up in a more diverse society, so they’re more open-minded about those who are different from themselves. The kids of Millennials are a source of great optimism that we are moving toward a society that is inclusive and accepting.”

Being accustomed to using multiple screens simultaneously, Gen Alphas are said to excel at scanning for information. A British Ofcom study shows that children in this generation are finding in increasingly difficult to concentrate on a single screen-based activity. Furthermore, the practice of “sharenting”, where parents share stories and pictures of their kids online can be bad for Gen Alpha who have witnessed their early years being broadcast to a broader audience.

Discussing how the Gen Alpha uses social media, Francyne Zeltser, PsyD, a licensed psychologist with Manhattan Psychology Group and adjunct professor at St. John’s University, says “Previous generations didn’t have to consider the digital footprint that parents were leaving on their children while they were still minors. [This is] information which can later be accessed when that now adult is trying to gain admission into a program, advance their career, or run for public office. We have yet to see the long-term implications of these digital footprints, so without knowing if this will be helpful or harmful to Alpha children, it’s important to be mindful about what you post.”

Eileen Kennedy-Moore, a New Jersey-based author and clinical psychologist specializing in parenting and child development, told Insider “Even just thinking in the last five years, none of us could have imagined any of the events that have happened that have deeply shaped our society and ourselves. We don’t know what the future is going to hold for them.”