The world wasn’t a safe place between 1978 – 1983. We still let kids play outside till dark. We didn’t have GPS. There were no cell phones or websites. Kid’s born between those years grew up on Sesame Street, Nickelodeon, MTV and HBO. Our parents didn’t unite through Facebook groups, nor did they teach us about being “triggered” or “woke”. We had nearly no rules, and endless freedom to do whatever we wanted. Today, we talk to each other about how fucked up and funny things were when we were kids, but to our therapists, we just talk about how fucked up things were. We lived in a world built by The Silent Generation, stolen by the Boomers, sold by Gen X and survived to tell the tale. And now, like Obiwan Kenobi, we’re your only hope!
Computers. The Internet. Cell Phones. Social Media.
These 4 things caused the biggest shift in humanity…EVER. They’re the reason our kids have unhealthy interpersonal relationships and dopamine addictions. They’re what empowers another generation to spread false information (or hate). They’re the catalyst behind almost every change to the world in the last 20 years.
Our link to a world prior to computers, the Internet, mobile phones and social media is dwindling. Gen Z can only be bridged to the analog world by one micro generation. A small group of people who grew up in a world without computers, lived through the digital transformation of the 90’s and were thrust into the workforce alongside ‘boomers and Gen X’ers. Rejoice…Xennials are here to save the day. (We Hope…)