As the US government is relaxing COVID-19 related restrictions, we are looking forward to a new era in our lives. The new norms will be different from the ones we are used to. We’ll have to practice social distancing, wear protective gear, and take care of our health more than ever. The greatest impact this pandemic and the lockdown it caused will be on the people born from 2000 onwards. A certain portion of any demographic group believes in the notion that nothing can be taken for granted and nothing lasts forever. But, this whole generation has had the first-hand experience of that.
WHAT IS A GENERATION?”
A generation is generally considered to be the group of people who are born within a span of 15 top 25 years. We have the Greatest Generation, the people who were born prior to 1928 and lived through the great depression, the silent generation that came in between 1945 to 1965, the people born and brought up during the world wars. Then the Generation X came from 1965 to 1980, the people who witnessed the impeachment of Richard Nixon.
Then, the time of millennials came, who were born after 1980 and have experienced the world after 9/11 and the economic recession of 2008. The next generation, the one in the making right now will be known for the COVID-19 pandemic. People started calling them Gen Z or Zoomers, but after the worldwide disruption of corona virus, many experts are of the view that a new name might be given to this generation.
HOW WILL THIS GENERATION BE CHANGED DUE TO THE PANDEMIC
Well, it is not possible to accurately assess the changes the pandemic will make in the latest generation; here are some of the realistic estimates of that:
- They won’t take things for granted and won’t be able to trust that things will remain the way they are at this moment. This will negatively impact their sense of security, but this is bound to happen.
- The whole generation will develop a phobia of germs, a mild form of OCD probably. This can go as far as diminishing the social importance of handshakes and hugs.
- They will have the notion that virtual meetings are sufficient. We can expect to see people who might believe that talking to a friend on a video call can replace going out for a lunch. This will have a massive impact on group politics.
- They’ll mourn and celebrate without being physically present. They might develop technologies to replace physical presence with virtual visits at ceremonies and parties.
- They will have a more practical idea of having and not having something. They’ll have personal experience of going from riches to rags, which will change the very way they look at the world and interact with it.
- They will tend to be comfortable in solitude rather than hanging out and traveling.
- They’ll be mad at their predecessors for not taking action soon enough and creating a world for them that is difficult and challenging.
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