Are you over 40? Do you feel kids nowadays don’t really need parenting?
Ever since the launch of iphone in 2007, those who can afford the device and eventually made them available to their kids, exponentially expanded the usage of Google. Similarly, the first Android smartphone was released in 2008, luring a whole sleuth of phone developers like Samsung and others. These handy devices provided the young with inexhaustible amounts of information as they grew up with the ‘let’s Google it’ mentality.
Folks over 40 use google purposefully to supplement gaps in knowledge, to research new places/trends, etc. It’s like going to the store with specific items to buy in mind. In contrast, our GenG lives on-line, like hanging around in a 24/7 worldwide mall. So GenG is in tune with all the new movements, up on news of interest, trends that are in, orders grocery and food on-line, posts on social media constantly, and gathers large followings, and rarely relies on their parents about any knowledge. All of the digital life needs are being met on-line. I am over-simplifying the GenG, and each of you will have your own take on it, but this is the gist of it. Human parents are being replaced by Google and the on-line world. When we say something to kids, it is one person experience/perspective, whereas with Google and the on-line cohort, it is multiple person opinion, and Google is really good at showing/teaching the facts and knowledge.
So the reverse is now true, we have to often learn from our kids since they find the right information much faster and more readily. Recognizing this change in family life can lead to better harmony and happiness. Yes I am talking about learning from our young; we may be wiser, but perhaps not smarter, than our own kids. And perhaps in the workplace the implication can be huge as well. During the next ten years time, as the current 20 – 30 matures into decision making roles, many policies, knowhow, technology and how to do things will be replaced. No judgement of good or bad, just changes that will evolve. What do you think? Please like, comment, share and follow, Thanks,