Who’s “Gen Z”?/ Z世代って?

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Welcome back! Do you know about "Generation Z"?  In short, "Gen Z" is a demographic term and infers people who were born in roughly 1996~2005. The definition is vague and the generation infers those who were born after 1993 in Canada. If under 27 year-old, you are categorized of Gen Z. Recently, this generation has been in spotlight because they account for about a quarter of the population in the U.S. (Newsletter : The Hartman Group) and they seem to have a huge power, becoming voting age.

初めてタイトルに日本語を入れてみた訳ですが、”Z世代” という言葉を聞いたことがありますか? Z世代とは1996〜2005年の間に生まれた人々のこと。主にアメリカ合衆国ではこの年代を指しますが、カナダの統計局では1993年生まれ以降を指すので厳密な定義はなさそう。2020年の現在、27歳以下の人はZ世代に当てはまると考えてみてね。近年、アメリカでは選挙権を持つ年齢に到達し始めたZ世代が総人口の4分の1を占めるとされ(Newsletter : The Hartman Group )注目されています。


Here is a chart of generation names


Generation 世代名 Birth year/生まれ年 Age at 2020/ 2020年での年齢
Z ゼット 1996-2005 15-24
Millennial ミレニアム 1986-1980 24-39
X エックス 1965-1980 40-55
Baby Boomer ベビーブーム 1946-1964 56-74
Silent 沈黙世代 1928-1945 75-92

I was surprised at the fact people who are 24-39 year-old now are called Millennials. In Japan, Millennial generation is usually about those who were born after 2000. This idea focuses when they spend their teenage instead of in which era people were given birth.



This time I searched the features of Gen Z. Here are some interesting facts I found in "What We Know About Gen Z So Far" (URL below)

  • More ratially diverse than any other generations
  • The most educated generation
  • Desital lnatives

Z世代の特徴とは何かを調べてみました。まず、 What We Know About Gen Z So Far (下記にURL) という記事から興味深いと感じた3つを挙げるとこんな感じ。


About more ratially diverse than any other generations

Recently, it's been said that white people will be minority in the states and it is clearly true that Hispanic or Asian American is accounting for a large part of population. Japan is also the same. Every year the number of foreign residents is increasing. So it seems natural to me that Gen Z is ratially diverse because they've been brought up with people who have various racial backgrounds since childfood




About the most educated generation

The popuation of going to university or college is larger than other generations for sure. This is great and I hope more people can access to education regardless of gender, income and place they live in. Ms. Malala Yousafzai said, "One pen can change the world", there is no doubt about it.


確かに大学や短大、専門学校へ進学する人口は、他のどの世代よりも多いです。これについては素晴らしいことだと思うし、性別、収入、生まれた場所に関わらず、誰もがもっともっと高等教育に手が届く世の中になって欲しいと願います。”ペンは剣より強し”  有名な言葉ですが、まさにこれに尽きると思います。


About desital natives

Compared to Millennials, "desital pioneers", Gen Z is called "desital natives". In short, Internet or desital gigs are taken granted by Gen Z because those things have existed before they were born. Surely, Gen Z starts using SNS such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram from early age.




Furthermore, Millennials and Gen Z have some things in common. Mainly, they have similar political ideas. For example, they are more affirmative towards same-sex mariage and sexual minorities and they're also aware of environment issues and racial discrimination.



Researching "Generation Z", I found that they are more likely to be have diverse ideas and highly consciousness for social matters. This is not only because of the background they were brought up also because they're higher educated than any other generation, I think. Of course it eventually depends on each person. Some of Gen X or Baby Boomers also might be tolerant to racial and sexual diversity and some of Gen Z might be not. But knowing that people tend to have different values by their generation helps you avoid unnecessary confliction. 



You can find more interesting facts about Gen Z in What We Know About Gen Z So Far. Please check it out from URL below.