As for the up-and-coming Generation Z – those born after 2000 who’ve never not known what an iPhone is – Miethner reckons that their native familiarity with texting and social media will fan the flames of millennials’ own future gripes about the next generation.
“Millennials have seen more of the transition. They have fond memories of getting a flip phone and how you could get 50 free text messages,” she says. “They know what life can be like without these tools.” Gen Z doesn’t, and that could cause friction between the two.
Will Gen Z fall into unfair stereotypes, too? Probably. Who knows? Maybe their millennial elders will know to not sully their good name.
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