Last week, in “Generation Z: The Rise of the Technologically Inclined and the Socially Impaired (Part I),” I talked about my fond, Mountain-Dew-soaked childhood memories, the rumored side effects of Yellow-5 lowering sperm count, and the actual data that shows modern men have not only lower sperm count, but lower testosterone levels as well.
Ever since the Industrial Revolution, men’s swimmers have been drowning. Foreign chemicals and compounds have taken a toll on our bodies without anyone knowing.
Now we face the challenge of widespread infertility, which may peak within the next 40 years.
But what does any of that have to do with ?
Demographics, my friend. It’s all about demographics.
Rise of the Social Inept
We’ve come to the point when a new generation is beginning to enter the workforce.
Generation Z are the next up to bat. They proceed the Millennial generation (which I am a member of).
Speaking of, in some ways Gen Z may be better than my generation, who mostly grew up during the technological revolution… who witnessed 9/11 and still remember… who were old enough to understand the 2008 Financial Crisis, but perhaps weren’t at the age where it’d influence their behavior.
On the other hand, Gen Z grew up during the 2008 Financial Crisis, but were at the age of impact. They were raised with smartphones in their hands, where everyone was always accessible, and when physical social interaction was drastically limited due to these technologies.
And because of the limited social interaction — bringing about an ineptitude in how they handle day-to-day dealings with actual people — they are having much less sex than we Millennials do.
Surveys have shown that Gen Z’ers don’t have the ambition to be entrepreneurs like those of previous generations, and instead are opting for jobs with guaranteed safety.
Instead of attempting to gain acceptance into the more prestigious schools, they’re opting for local, cheaper colleges to avoid the burden of debt they’ve witnessed the Millennials bury themselves in.
Growing up in the turbulent times has made them, by and large, less risky, and more focused on simply getting the job done.
Even at young ages, many worry about not being able to find a well-paying job due to the overwhelming competition of today’s job market.
When it comes to the hiring process, many companies and corporations — such as Ruby Tuesday — are turning to training videos that are formatted to resemble YouTube. It’s a response to the fact that physical interactions are more difficult for Gen Z’ers, and they learn more quickly through a visual walkthrough that cuts out the human element to it. (Although I shudder at what that means for customers at the mercy of these new servers.)
But with this comes their aptitude for learning new technologies more quickly than previous generations since they’ve grown up with them. This is beneficial in a workplace that deals with ever-changing tech routinely.
It’s no coincidence that they’re also a mostly sober generation.
Some scientists have even started comparing their generation to that of the Silent Generation (1925-1945): the one where children were seen, but not heard.
Only now, Gen Z is the generation that doesn’t wish to be seen, and doesn’t wish to be heard. Rather, they want to be acknowledged and kept safe…
The August Jobs Report:
Where Does This Leave Us?
The August Jobs Report was released last Friday (September 7). There were 201,000 jobs added in August, but wage growth remained low.
Those who aren’t actively looking for jobs remained about the same, at 434,000.
And unemployment remained relatively unchanged in the grand scheme of things.
Considering the lowering rates of fertility, and the increased prudish behavior of Gen Z, the future doesn’t look promising…
Though the Gen Z’ers will thrust themselves into the world of employment much more willingly than the Millennials did, who will take their place when they begin to die off? Or will we even be able to reproduce by that time?
We’ll look more into the data and talk more about this demographic trend over time.