Being a older Gen Zer I sort of caught about half of the things you mentioned on your list such as dial up internet, not as much political correctness, having to go to video stores etc.you guys are more open about geekdom. i don't get along with people my age, generally older and gen z to an extent.
-my generation is way too into sex. they're not known for being ideas people with a few exceptions, like the science types.
-my gen is more like the classic 20th century type. your gen has emos, i grew up with goth kids. i didn't know any emos until i graduated 12 grade, but i had plenty of goth friends and i dated a goth girl
-my gen is more career focused than yours and they're ambitious in the 'historical' way. another way i don't quite fit in.
-we're more influenced by classic religions like Christianity and whatever that old fogies give a flip about, where gen z is much more open to new age beliefs and what i call freethinking spiritualism, another reason i like you guys more
-i was very heavily influenced by the 90s anime boom. i saw the star wars classic trilogy as the preceeding films and those lame prequels as the current ones. you guys are gonna see episode 7-9 as current and those lame prequels as the precedents.
-anime freaks in your gen are more temperate than anime freaks in my gen. my gripe about the fandom in my age group is they don't have enough outside interests. that said, i grew up with much, much better shows. no doubt about it.
-we're a little more conservative than you guys
-gen z is a little more outgoing. my gen was full of loners. even the loners in gen z seem to have plenty of friends.
- the school system trains you guys to be the molders of the coming decades, whereas when i attended, and was forced to pay attention, they just expected us to be a little more like gen x or something. just standard cogs in the machine. ie, the education system sees to expect a little more from you guys socially.
-my gen was a lot crueler, but this could just be where i grew up and stuff. my family were early adopters, so i first started out with dial up internet. when i multiplayered, friends had to come to my house and we would play in the same room on the super nintendo, n64, whatever, and talk in real life while either co-oping or competing. my best friend and i played mmorpgs like final fantasy xi and everquest back in the days, but they were all subscription based and forced you to interact with people or else you just couldn't progress, and there were no free to play games during my school days. the only game with mmo addicts was classic everquest, and the horror stories of that game are 10 times worse than any of the family neglect you hear about with world of warcraft addicts, despite the fact that eq1 was way more monotonous and repetitive procedurally.
-fighting physically was a lot more tolerated in schools, but verbal abuse and swearing not quite as much
- i had a much earlier exposure to xxx culture than most people in gen z, like 4th grade or something i learned about hardcore porn. we got our pictures from a ditch instead of the internet, and later i used p2p programs like kazaa and limewire.
-no youtube of video hosting sites.
-no facebook. myspace i had during high school though.
-gays and lesbians were more actively picked on and a lot less open. way less.
- transgenders weren't really a thing.
-racist humor was more accepted, even flagrant jokes. once you get in 6th grade you could make sexist and racist jokes without being called a racist or a sexist. you could make holocaust jokes and not be called a jew hater. you could make black jokes and not be called a racist, etc.
-we spent more time with our friends in real life and only ocassionally talked online. my online friends and rl friends are separate to this day, hence i go by an otherkin alias when i'm on the web and my "slave/real name" in real life. i grew up in a generation where our parents forced the idea that online and real life are not compatible more so than usual, so it kind of a childhood habit that stuck to this day.
-we love email addresses and use them with our friends (gen y). i have a friend who doesn't like im, i know him in real life, and when we don't talk on phone, we talk through email.
that all i can think of right now.
True, I notice that gen z as teenagers care about making the planet greener, wheareas millennials as teenagers never really did as much.Gen Z (Whom I classify as those born 2000 and after) seems to have more of a fierce determination to "save the world" than any other generation before them. 16-year old me was busy watching vines and doing the ice bucket challenge back in 2014 (Really cringey looking back on it now), while a few weeks ago a 16-year old girl sailed all the way from Europe to the US in a carbon-free sailboat to attend a UN climate summit there. She's inspired climate strikes from school students all over the world.
They're also the ones who came out after the Parkland shooting in 2018 to protest inaction on gun violence in the United States. Makes me wonder why we late Gen Ys didn't do such a thing after Sandy Hook in 2012...
To be fair though, it was the Millennials that started Black Lives Matter back in 2013. It was founded by 3 of them (One born in '81 and two born in '84). We did all the protesting across the country in the years that followed it.True, I notice that gen z as teenagers care about making the planet greener, wheareas millennials as teenagers never really did as much.
That is there, but more of the teenage activists are from Gen Z, not millennials.To be fair though, it was the Millennials that started Black Lives Matter back in 2013. It was founded by 3 of them (One born in '81 and two born in '84). We did all the protesting across the country in the years that followed it.