This Is Why The GenerationZ Is Smarter Than The Millennials

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Who is GenerationZ?

GenerationZ consists of those born in 1995 or later. As per a 2017 media research report, the GenerationZ is 26% of the total audience overall and the Millennials are now trailing behind at 22% of the total audience.

Just so it’s clear:
A “Millennial” is a person reaching young adulthood around the year 2000.
Generation Z also known as Post-Millennials is the demographic cohort following the Millennials.

Here is a graph from that report –

Source – THE NIELSEN TOTAL AUDIENCE REPORT: Q1 2017

A few weeks back when I went for one of my long morning walks, I was passing by a bunch of kids in the joggers’ park. Kids who were in the age spectrum of 7-9 year old. One of those kids were having a cell phone, which looked like a good 10000 bucks phone to me, was talking to someone. I didn’t mean eavesdropping. But I could hear that small boy asking her girlfriend, “Hey baby, where are you? I’ve been waiting for you for half an hour, are you coming or should I go with my boys for a ride.”

My reaction to this was, “WTF” in my mind. I was standing there for a while before I could continue my walk.

The second instance is of when I was visiting one my uncle’s home back in Rajasthan last year. One of my cousins, who is the smallest of the lot, 15 years old. He knows about gadgets no less than any of the self-proclaimed tech gurus of YouTube. He knows about most of the latest smartphones, laptops, headphones and even drones. But he is not alone, most of his friends are like that. He is not an exception but a norm.

18 years back, when I entered my teens, I was a tech head myself. I had access to a computer. I knew about computer languages and was starting to learn C++ on my own. I knew about complex computer setups, though cell phones weren’t accessible at that time. Internet was a dial-up connection on a 56K Modem. Each time you connect to the Internet you had to dial a number and your Modem will make funny sounds before it connected you to the World Wide Web. The Internet (the network of networks) was launched on 6 August 1991. But even after a decade, the network speed was so slow that If you had sent a boy from today to 2000s, he would kill himself surfing the Internet on that speed. It was a time of having patience and I had a lot of it.

I always stayed busy with my computer doing stuff people around me won’t understand much. I was a total computer head. In those times likes of me were not a norm but an exception.

Fast forward to present years, when I see kids of my friends or seniors, I find them much smarter than the kids in my early years. This triggers so many questions. But biggest of them all is –

Have humans silently gone through another cycle of evolution?

I was so intrigued by this question from so long that finally, I put together the pieces of this jigsaw puzzle. Here is an interesting graph I made which reflects the cornerstone developments of modern technologies –

As you see in this graph, in the past 2 decades technology has developed so much. Disruptive modern innovations happened in the early 2000s till years around 2010. They became the underlying platforms for the innovations happening right now or the ones to happen in future. As the platforms were set, the later growth of technology happened at an exponential rate. Now we have drones, accessible home automation solutions and even reusable rockets! We (humans) have come a long way.

While the technology was growing in these years, Millennials were making babies too. Those babies grew smarter. Not because of a biological or genetic evolution in the GenerationZ but the technology evolution. Technology developed so fast and the products started becoming cheaper. That gave access to these amazing technologies to first the Millennials and then to their kids. Even the middle class or the lower middle class could afford a Smart Phone in the mid of the 2010 decade.

The cell phone became a Smart Phone with its integration to the Internet and the millions of Apps. It can do simple things and also complex things which were unthinkable of in the early 2000s. From telling “What’s the weather like?” to accessing your email. To complex things like measuring your heartbeat to now very very complex things like measuring even your blood pressure. Samsung’s latest S9 smartphone literally have a sensor for that which detect any variations in your blood pressure. Smart Phones have done what seemed impossible a decade ago.

The Second important point is that the income per capita has increased. As business went digital and started making more money faster and jobs started paying better after the 2008 recession. Now people can afford things to make their lives better which wasn’t the case in the 80s and 90s. For Millennials, it has been a financially evolving journey but for their babies, that was not the case. They got a good headstart. They may not have been born with smarter minds but they certainly got the enhancement tools like Smart Phones, iPads and Google from the day they became conscious.

Well, I’m not trying to do a gibberish comparison between 80s kids and 2010 kids. I’m trying to make a point about the advantage which the babies of Millennials got but Millennials didn’t. So if we want to quantify it in years, they already got a 20 years headstart.

That doesn’t mean they got to skip their schools or colleges and directly started earning money. But the advantage they got was the methods of consuming information and ease of access to that information. In my early days when Google wasn’t there, Encyclopedia Britannica was there. I remember I installed it from 4 CDs (Compact Disks) on my computer back in the day. It was quite good and gave answers to most of the General Knowledge questions. But now we have Google. It can give not only the answers which are only related to General Knowledge but any question in any field. With the latest technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, search engines are becoming smarter and smarter day by day.

Yesterday I was watching the Google I/O 2018 keynote of their CEO Sunder Pichhai. He introduced the latest version of Google Assistant which can now even call on your behalf to a hotel. Book a table for you without even letting the hotel desk guy know that he’s talking to a robot. It’s so human-like. It’s only because they could make use of the Artificial Intelligence technology and make a platform like Google Duplex.

It feels like the technology development has given our life and time a huge thrust, we indeed are living in the future.

Another aspect of the story is the health of the current generation. There are two sides of this coin. One is the type of people who became conscious of their health and started taking help of these technologies to become healthier. But there are also people who became lazier because of these technologies. They can now order everything from e-retailers or food ordering services that they need to take a step out of their home or even bed to get anything. They hardly move from their bed at home or from their chair in the office. Of course, it is their own fault more than the technology. However, the technology was a trigger in their influenced behaviour.

What does the future look like?

I am not a fortune teller. But with the growth happening in Technology world which is making the next generation smarter already. I can see many impossible things coming into being. I can see space cars becoming a reality. I can see machines doing human’s work. I can see people living on Moon and Mars. I can see earth becoming smaller from the travel point of view. With faster transportation mediums like Hyperloop. Or any other similar technology where pods will travel underground in vacuum medium and with magnetic thrust. I can see Banks going extinct and new P2P transactional technology (probably not BitCoin or any of the cryptocurrency for that matter) becoming the new bank (or maybe Bank will shift their Business models, who knows!). I can see a product which may make Smart Phones extinct. We will be able to do things we are able to do on a Smart Phone today from our own body sensors like a screen projected on our wrist or in front of our eyes. Our hands acting as input sources on those projections or maybe something more unthinkable than that. I can see scientists making progress to save the earth. I can see people becoming more conscious towards saving the earth.

I have faith in this next generation of Mankind. I hope they live up to it.

Looking back (An annual review – 2017)

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From past four years, I’m doing an annual review of my life. It’s the time when every year I take a pause and reflect back on my successes and failures in the past year. I publish it here in this Blog which keeps me publicly accountable for the goals for the coming year. Here is it for this year –

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This is my fifth annual review, you can access my previous reviews for 2016, 2015 (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), 2014 and 2013. This year also I’ll answer three questions, same as past 3 years:

  1. What went well this year?
  2. What didn’t go so well year?
  3. What’s am I working toward?

Hope it will be insightful and interesting for some of you. Lets cut to the chase.

Looking back (An annual review – 2017)

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New year resolutions – 2018

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Making new year resolutions has now become a habit, which I want to keep on cultivating because it helps me move in the right direction throughout the year. I tend to go back each month to this resolution list and see my progress. It is an interesting and forward-moving process.

2017 is over and a new year (2018) is here. For this year’s new year resolutions list, I’m putting in a few fresh resolutions and keeping a few from the last year. Why carry on with the old ones you say? It is because now I’ve started to know myself better than before and what keeps me happy and content.

For some people, new year resolutions are some things from which they want to break out, like a bad habit. For some, it is something new which they want to learn or do. For me it has all three, break out of something which I don’t actually like, learn something new and do something which I’m carrying forward from last year’s resolution list and haven’t yet completed.

Here you go.

New year resolutions – 2018

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Reflections

Podcast Episode 10 is now live!

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In this episode of my podcast show, I talk about reflections, travelling and a quote from Ray Dalio.

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Transcript of the podcast –

Hey guys this is Himanshu again.

This is December and It’s been long since my last episode. This episode is about the reflection of this year.

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26 Things About Life I Wish I Had Known When I Was 20 Years Old

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As Ludwig famously said –

Less is More.

We are always running behind something and someone. When we don’t really know the meaning of this philosophy, we may want everything we see.

In the past 10 years of my life, I’ve slowly started to comprehend this fact. That less is more and this eventually became a fundamental value of whatever I do.

There are many other learnings like this which shaped me as a person in past 10 years. I thought to share these with you, as some of you might be in your twenties and find them helpful. So I jotted down these 26 learnings from past 10 years of my life as A to Z below.

How did I learn them you ask? I have learned these from various books, people and experiences.

I wish I had known these 26 things when I was 20 years old but here they are for you. The 26 reminders –

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Q&A Tuesday – 3

Q&A Tuesday – 3

Question is the new answer! Please enjoy and don’t forget to ask questions!

Transcript from the podcast –

It’s Q&A Tuesday! and I have a new question for this week, sent by Ankita from Mumbai.

Question. Being workaholic is not always being effective at the workplace, so how do I make myself more effective and keep my work more sorted?

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Looking back (An annual review – 2016)

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From past three years, I’m doing an annual review of my life. Cause I want to pause and reflect back on my successes and failures of the previous year and publishing it here in this Blog keeps me accountable for the next year.

Looking back (An annual review - 2016)

 

This is my fourth annual review, you can access my previous reviews for 2015 (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), 2014 and 2013. This year also I’ll answer three questions, same as past 3 years:

  1. What went well this year?
  2. What didn’t go so well year?
  3. What’s am I working toward?

So this is gonna sound cliché but I’m the man of making resolutions and working on them, every year. So this year also I created a list of new year resolutions like last year. Coincidently I’m posting this annual review almost at the end of second quarter of the year like last year.

I think I’m liking this schedule as it gives me some more visibility on the new year’s resolutions and I can add some more context to the happenings of the year. If that doesn’t make sense, just read it as I was feeling lazy!

Just kidding.

After the successful year of 2015, last year was not that successful overall but it was no less satisfying. I also experienced various sort of serendipities.

serendipity
sɛr(ə)nˈdɪpɪti

noun
the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

Ok! That was not an editorial mistake I knowingly put that word definition above. Why? Because I’ve fallen in love with this word “Serendipity”.

Serendipity in my own definition is a state when we fall in love with the universe and start accepting and loving the present moment, then the universe starts loving you back in the strangest of ways.

There happened many serendipitous events in the year of 2016. Through which I felt strange new feelings derived from wandering, wondering and affection.

I’m keeping this post as a single post, unlike last year’s 3 part post which took so much time and complexity to get published. Hope it will be insightful and interesting for some of you.

Lets cut to the chase.

Looking back (An annual review – 2016)

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Q&A Tuesday – 2

Q&A Tuesday – 2

Question is the new answer! Please enjoy and don’t forget to ask questions!

Transcript from the podcast –

It’s Q&A Tuesday! So we have 3 New questions for this week!

Q1. Whether should I give up what I am looking for my career or keep on trying? Currently, i am not able to decide anything and i think my career is messed up. How to plan everything?

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Q&A Tuesday – 1

Introducing Q&A Tuesday!

In this section, I answer a few questions received from the audience every Tuesday. Presenting –

Q&A Tuesday – 1

Q&A Tuesday

Question is the new answer! Please enjoy and don’t forget to ask questions!

Transcript from the podcast –

Today I’m so excited to introduce a new section on the Podcast – Q&A Tuesday. So every Tuesday I’ll be answering a few questions sent by you guys. So this is the first of the many Q&A Tuesdays to come. I’ve selected two questions which I felt relevant to answer in this Q&A.

So I’ll just read these questions one by one and try to answer them as good as I can.

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How to become mindful?

Podcast Episode 6 is now live!

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In this episode of my podcast show, I share my perspective on mindfulness and how to train your mind to become more mindful and aware. I also share a few tools to help me practice mindfulness.

Transcript of the podcast –

How to become mindful?

In past couple of years as a grew as a person, I found myself always coming back to one thing which eventually has now become a part of my lifestyle and that is being mindful.

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