Gen Z 101: Top 10 Most Common (Basic) Questions I get asked about Gen Z

1. What is the generation Z age range?

Gen Z encompasses individuals born roughly between the mid-1990s and the early 2010s, signifying a generation raised in the wake of rapid technological evolution. Their formative years were characterised by the omnipresence of the internet, smartphones, and social media. The upper age limit is somewhat fluid, but as of now, the oldest members are in their late twenties and the youngest members are in their early teens. As of 2024, Gen Zs will be between 14 to 28 years of age.


2. Why are they called Gen Z?

The nomenclature follows the established sequence of generations, with "Gen Z" succeeding "Gen Y" (Millennials). It underscores their status as the latest cohort in the ongoing narrative of generational shifts. This naming convention is a pragmatic way of distinguishing one cohort from another, aiding sociologists, demographers, and marketers in their analyses and strategies.


3. Who are the Zillennials?

Zillennials occupy a unique position, born in the mid-to-late 1990s. This subgroup experienced a childhood largely free from the overwhelming presence of technology but came of age as digital connectivity became ubiquitous. As such, they share characteristics with both Millennials and Gen Z, providing a fascinating intersection of experiences and perspectives. Every generation has a cusper, but it's only recently that these new terms have come up. We also have Xennials who are at the cusp of 1979 to 1984 so I'm not surprised to see this new term.


4. Is Gen Z really different from Millennials?

Yes, Gen Z exhibits distinctive characteristics forged by unique historical events. They grew up in a post-9/11 world, faced the Great Recession during their formative years, and witnessed the rapid proliferation of technology. These experiences have shaped their worldview, influencing their values, aspirations, and approaches to life in ways that set them apart from Millennials.


5. What are some interesting facts about Gen Z?

Gen Z is marked by diversity and global interconnectedness. Growing up in an era of heightened social awareness, they place a premium on authenticity in media representation and are committed to social justice causes. This generation tends to be pragmatic, entrepreneurial, and exhibits a strong sense of individuality, seeking to make a positive impact on the world. It is rumoured that most Gen Zs have the unique ability to type on their phone keyboards without looking at it.


6. What are the weaknesses of Gen Z?

While proficient in navigating the digital landscape, Gen Z faces challenges related to sustained focus due to the constant stimuli of the online world. There's a potential drawback in terms of interpersonal skills, as reliance on digital communication may impact face-to-face interactions. Striking a balance between digital and offline communication remains a key challenge.


7. Why does Gen Z use so much slang?

Slang serves as a dynamic component of Gen Z's evolving cultural language. Rooted in digital communication and popularised on social media platforms, slang reflects their desire for self-expression, group identity, and a sense of belonging within their peer networks. It's a form of linguistic creativity that distinguishes their online discourse.


8. What is Gen Z most insecure about?

Gen Z grapples with insecurities tied to uncertainties about the future. This includes concerns about economic stability, job prospects, and broader socio-political issues. Their awareness of global challenges and a desire for meaningful societal change contributes to a sense of responsibility that, while commendable, can also be a source of stress.


9. Is Gen Z less likely to marry?

Reflecting shifting societal norms, Gen Z tends to prioritize education and career pursuits over traditional milestones like marriage. This delay is often a strategic choice as they navigate a rapidly changing job market and societal expectations. Commitment to personal growth and the pursuit of meaningful relationships is valued over conforming to traditional timelines.


10. Are Gen Zs the same around the world?

While global trends heavily influence Gen Z, local contexts play a significant role in shaping their experiences. Cultural nuances, historical legacies, and socio-economic factors contribute to the diversification of Gen Z's perspectives across different regions. While they share commonalities, their responses to global issues and cultural expressions are uniquely inflected by their specific environments.

About the author

VIVEK IYYANI is a Millennial & Gen Z specialist and Professional Speaker at Millennial Minds Pte Ltd. He is an award-winning author of 4 books, namely "Empowering Millennials", "Engaging Millennials", "The Millennial Leader" and "Marketing to Millennials". He has spoken at organisations like Brunei Government, Paypal, Oracle, Booking.com, Singapore General Hospital, and many more. He has been featured by the National Population and Talent Division (NPTD) under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to feature in a video of #MySingaporeStory. He has also appeared on CNBC and Channel NewsAsia as a guest on the Gen Z topic. Vivek is known in his industry to speak at conferences on topics around Generational Diversity.


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