How to deal with Generation Z without becoming all thumbs


How to deal with Generation Z without becoming all thumbs

There are certain things you’re just gonna have to learn

Yolisa Mkele

Are you in possession of a Generation Zedder? If so, congratulations, but like previous models you may have noticed that they do not come with an instruction manual and that can make caring for them a little tricky. Here are some hints and tips on how to keep them in optimum working condition:
Screens are not as dangerous as you thinkRemember when you had a pen pal? That charming friend from some foreign shore that you chatted to as often as you could. Social media is essentially just an access portal to a whole bunch of pen pals. Obviously care should be taken to ensure that pen pals are not balding middle-aged men with white vans – but in the main their screens are just a different way for them to connect with people. One you’re probably not used to.
Don’t blame them for screen dependenceIf the time they spend on their phone is especially worrying, don’t harangue them about it. Apps are designed to be addictive. In many cases they use the same principles as slot machines to keep people on the app for as long as possible.
Time to rethink universityJumping straight into a four-year university course after high school may seem like the best thing to do because time should not be wasted, but then again this may not be the right approach. As a general rule, 18-year-olds are not the best candidates for making longterm life decisions, which is why so many of them start a degree at the behest of their parents, only to turn around at year three of said degree and say that it’s not what they want to do. By that point a lot of money has been wasted. Instead let them take a gap year or two but instead of letting them faf around in Europe collecting STDs and a drinking problem, encourage them to study a variety of short courses and go on a whole different bunch of internships.
Stop worrying about who they’re going to marry
It’s none of your business and all you will do is cause friction by trying to impose your outdated ideas upon them. You also then run the risk of looking like a bigot.

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