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Millennials, Generation Z and technology…

Posted on March 27th, 2015
Posted on March 27th, 2015

by Coop Cooper

Kids today are growing up in a much different entertainment/social culture than my friends and I did back in Generation X. If we wanted to see a movie, we would have to go to the theater in groups, go rent a tape at a video store and meet up and someones house or sit around the TV and hope something good was on MTV. Now entertainment is as easily accessible and as instantaneous as making a call or typing a text. Here are a few of the trends I’m noticing that indicate how entertainment and interaction has changed for ‘Millennials’ and the up-and-coming group known as ‘Generation Z’…

Bite-sized content – Cat videos are to blame for this. With the on-demand content on cell phones and tablets, people might not want to watch a little bit of a movie here and there. Instead, the market for quick and entertaining videos will eventually eclipse the content that Hollywood puts out (if it hasn’t already). Anything funny or interesting that can be watched and shared under five minutes – the shorter the better – will be highly popular.

The movies are becoming more family-friendly – This sounds counter-intuitive but mainstream movies have less nudity and gore since the PG-13 rating was transformed in the 90’s into a box-office demographics cure-all. There is generally less cursing in R-rated films now and much less nudity due to the inconsistent evolution of the MPAA standards and the major theater chains refusing to screen NC-17 films. Heck, they apparently watered down the “Fifty Shades of Grey” film adaptation so much to appease these entities that it was universally panned by the fans who were expecting something a bit more racy.

Television is becoming more adult – I knew this day would come, but we are finally starting to see some nudity and stronger cursing in mainstream television. Television is like Pandora’s Box, once a standard is allowed to be broken, it is there to stay. In a the latest “The Walking Dead” episode, I saw more graphic gore than is normally allowed in current R-rated movies. Better get used to it.

Facebook as a barometer of popularity – Although Facebook and other social media services are now important sources of communication and entertainment, they are also breeding grounds for drama, bullying and predation. As the new generations become increasingly depending on these services, the chances for damage to their self esteem, reputation and personal safety will also increase. It is not just for sharing cat videos anymore, it is often where they go for validation and attention.

Proliferation of disinformation – The new generations will depend on the internet as their number one source for news. Unfortunately, much of the news coming from the internet is generated by loosely-affiliated and questionable sources that publish inaccurate, satirical or blatantly false information. Many of these sources have extreme political agendas and market their propaganda toward young minds. It will be difficult for this generation to receive reliable news/info and not be influenced by false news or propaganda.

Unhealthy habits – With so much content available, kids are bombarded with anything they wish at anytime. It is a climate of instant gratification which is bad enough when the content is wholesome, but even worse when it is not. Addiction to online games have become an issue, especially the ones that require payment in order to easily advance. It is not unheard of for kids to rack up hundreds of dollars in charges on their parents’ credit card bills just from playing Candy Crush. If kids are experiencing isolation, stunted social development and a disconnect from reality, technology overload could be a potential factor. A bit more exercise and face-to-face interaction might help.

Proliferation of contraband – It will become nearly impossible to shelter underaged kids from objectionable content… and I’m not just talking about R-rated movies. As many parents are already painfully aware, no matter what restrictions are put on devices, curious kids will find a way to the banned (sometimes illegal) content. Most likely it will be shared between peers or, more alarmingly, created by their peers or themselves. This has quickly become socially acceptable amongst teens, and as a trend it will continue. Only parents and educators can arm children with the self esteem and wisdom to avoid this type of modern technological pitfall. This is especially important since so many role models for young teens all but encourage this behavior. Although that is nothing new in the history of the entertainment industry, the instantaneous method for delivery is.

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