Remember when you thought a Friday afternoon spent at Blockbuster renting two movies for the weekend was living? And now, we have thousands of movies at the touch of a button.
I’ve heard there was something called a Refidex? Or a street directory? Well, now we have Apple Maps and Google Maps to get us from place to place with ease.
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Growing up with the internet and social media has impacted the minds of Gen Z. Some may call us lazier because of it, yet we call it working smarter, not harder.
The internet is all our generation knows, and it allows us to complete everyday tasks with ease. You may think we are constantly scrolling through our TikTok feed, yet some of us are simply checking the bus times for tomorrow or reading up on how to top up our bus card because we can so simply do so, at the touch of a button.
I’ve heard about the times you missed the train or bus and had no way of letting people know you were going to be late. I mean, what was that like being MIA for a couple of hours? I’m sure it taught you resilience. However, being surrounded by the internet gives us the ability to be forward thinking and more independent from a younger age.
I mean, think about how the internet helps us all, not just Gen Z. During COVID-19, would we have survived without technology and the internet?
Of course, during the pandemic, the internet and social media allowed all of us to stay connected with our friends and family, but because of Gen Z’s technological upbringing, we have an innate desire to connect with the world. Not just with friends and family, but also with the current affairs in other countries.
This power of staying connected and accessing knowledge makes us as a generation who wants to be seen and heard.
We may be "always on our phones," but how did you learn to use Zoom at the start of the pandemic? And didn’t you ask us how to stalk your friends' new baby pictures on Facebook? Yes, we have grown up with social media and the internet, so it’s all we know. But let's be honest, you also benefit from us being internet savvy.