This is a discussion on 2003 babies: Early or Core Z? within the Generation Z Forum forums, part of the The Generations category; Originally Posted by Cocoa Puff You are absolutely right about that. No one born in 1990s have any core Z ...
Last edited by Michael69; 06-20-2019 at 08:03 PM.
But saying that people born in the late 90s are directly connected to core Z, is a whole different story altogether.
Do you even know the definition of "core Z"? It's basically every stereotype of Gen Z loaded onto a cohort of individuals: most notably, the technology side of it. Literally no one born in the mid-00s remembers a time before the iPhone was even a thing. Really. But someone born in '97,'98,'99? They were all 8-10 when it was introduced in 2007. Of course they remember a time before it. As kids, yeah. But that is exactly where the difference lies between late 90s borns and mid-00s borns.
Late 90s borns can remember when technology wasn't the automatic form of communication, when people felt really comfortable to hold a conversation. By the time the iPhone was introduced/ started becoming widespread, they were able to see the difference. They began seeing people becoming attached to their phones, social media, and the like.
People born in the mid-00s can't do that. Why? Because they were simply too young. By the time they started developing childhood memories, the iPhone had already become widespread. They have no other experience to compare it to, because, to them, it was always like that
~Note: I know people have different experiences growing up. I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about generally- a general trend in which you came see with a group of people.
There is a major difference between the world in which someone born in '98 grew up in and a world in which someone born in '05 grew up in, as young children. Late 90s borns might have been kids under the intro to high-tech communication, but mid-00s borns were kids when it was widespread. That's the difference.
Which is why, by the way, I'm so confused as to why you see late 90s borns on the same boat as mid-00s borns and not on the same boat as mid-90s borns.
Why doesn't common sense reign in for you? If someone is only 2/3 years older than you, they might have had slightly different experiences growing up, but its way damn similar than someone 5/6 years younger than you. The difference in childhood is way less drastic between mid-90s and late-90s borns, than it is for late-90s and mid-00s borns:
1) because of the larger age gap between late-90s and mid-00s borns and
2) because of the faster & greater technological innovations that took place between the childhoods of late-90s borns and the childhood of mid-00s borns.
Compare the technology from the entirety of the 2000s (basically a late-90s born childhood) to the technology in very late 00s to mid10s (a mid-00s born childhood). BIG difference.
Last edited by Millenium_01; 06-20-2019 at 08:35 PM.
Sometimes I think about the technology I grew up with versus a kid today and it makes me feel old. The early-mid 2000s was really the last vestige of a pre-digital world, in the sense that analogue technology was still commonplace. Now it’s practically all gone. Even cassette tapes were common up to the early 2000s - I’m sure as hell a 7 year old today wouldn’t have a clue what one was. Ditto VHS. Young kids instinctively touch screens like iPads because they assume that’s just what screens are supposed to do. They mostly watch YouTube instead of cartoons, that option didn’t exist when I was a kid because there was no YouTube.
It’s just crazy.
Last edited by oreocheesecake; 06-21-2019 at 05:32 PM.
Guess I'm Core Z.
When I was younger, I'd experienced a bit of Gen Y.
VHS tapes, those cameras were you had to go to a film shop ( not sure what they're called). I had Windows XP.
Pokemon and Sonic were a bit famous back then. Smart phones weren't that popular. I still remember my dad's small IPhone.
2002 and 2003 borns are very similar as much as some people don’t want to believe it. They were both born after 9/11, they both started K-12 after the iPhone was released, going by the main childhood definition of 5-11, they would actually also have both been majority 2010s kids as well, the 2003 and 2002 borns were the last two classes to to spend majority of high school in the 2010s, the 2002 borns didn’t even spend a whole year in high school when Obama was president. The only real difference between a 2002 and 2003 born is that a 2003 born won’t be able to vote in 2020. Other than that the Classes of 2020 and 2021 are nearly identical. They are both the last two years of Early Gen Z
Last edited by RELpersonailty02; 07-16-2019 at 09:42 PM.