Generation Alpha predictions highlight what demographic experts project will become of the current generation cohort when it reaches maturity. Experts say the cohort will be the most transformative yet, at least until the next one arrives.
Whereas the eldest Alpha child is only 11 years in 2021, the future for the generation looks promising given its close relationship with technology.
Born and raised entirely in the 21st Century, Generation Alpha children embody the ideal mashup of a true digital native generation.
They talk, eat and sleep – with technology at the core of their thinking, and nothing else makes complete sense.
The Alpha story …
The first Alpha child was born in 2010, and the last will be born in 2025. Estimates point to a staggering 2.5 million Alphas being born every week, and the entire generation is estimated to total 2 billion by 2025.
Alpha children also happen to be the first in the line to experience first-hand the implementation of the 4th Industrial Revolution, which is all about harnessing Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, advanced robotics, and the 5G framework.
1. Most and least connected generation
The boom in social media usage means young people are busy exploring one platform of social media or another, at the expense of many other areas of life.
Starting with Generation Z, online interactions amongst the youths have never been higher. It is only going to get big as the years go by.
According to Statista, the number of social media users worldwide surpassed 3 billion, and of these, 50% are teens, with Alphas fast joining the bandwagon.
As the tech world adopts voice input and 5G cellular communication, there is no telling what the possibilities are. This may not be quite clear at least until after the last Alpha child is born.
While this explosion is taking shape, another unpleasant trend is happening: the inability of digital children to interact FACE TO FACE with peers. They have totally embraced social network platforms and developed a preference for online rather than offline interactions.
Even when they meet and sit around the table, digital kids prefer chatting on social platforms to talking actively. If they do, it is in reaction to the updates they are reading – they don’t read much either!
Ultimately, Alpha kids and adults will choose to associate more with tech gadgets and media than we are probably willing to accept.
2. Tech-savvy generation
The ease with which Alphas learn and use computing devices explains a transformative generation that will innovate even as the years go by.
They are wired to code early in life and invest in skills that fulfill their wildest imaginations.
While projections tell of a generation that may not favor the traditional education syllabus, Alphas will use computer knowledge to discover and wow the world with new discoveries.
They are getting used to and will embrace advanced voice assistants and AI-related interfaces and will prefer online education over traditional forms of learning.
Ultimately, they will favor new approaches to learning and will need teachers that are all set for the 21st-century tech classroom.
3. Will probably outgrow tech-addiction faster
While the world is reeling endlessly over tech addiction in children, little does it accept that the same kids will outgrow this ‘addiction’ faster. They will probably become better users of technology in the long run.
When talking about generation Alpha predictions, Christopher J. Ferguson, a professor of psychology at Stetson University,
Much of the discussion is framed around fighting “addiction” to technology. But to me, that resembles a moral panic, giving voice to scary claims based on weak data.
The Media Psychology and Technology division of the American Psychological Association also argues against using the word addiction to describe children’s screen use.
After getting the hang of tech overuse we tend to rethink our interaction as the years go by. Ultimately, years of tech experience somehow helps us learn to use it for productive purposes.
Users with addictive experience far out-pace those with only a few years of experience, when it comes to hanging the boots.
In any case, how on earth do we expect them to transform tech experience if they interact with them in the same way Baby Boomers, Xers, and Millennials do? They have to go one step better.
I bet many digital natives will get tired of gaming and social media even way before they are 15. Then they will be ready to think about technology as productivity tools.
Well, it all remains to be seen.
4. Most diverse generation
The world today is a melting pot of racial and cultural diversity. Different peoples from different races, tribes, cultures, creeds, are traveling the world over and settling in new neighborhoods and countries.
There is an explosion of multi-racial relationships which is leading to multinational, and ultimately, multi-faceted Alpha generation.
This is creating an interesting demographic cohort that will probably tolerate diversity better than the older cohorts – or maybe not.
They are also open to accommodating and interfacing with diverse and new life choices.
5. Will revolutionize online shopping
A growing number of generation Alpha and Z kids are born into homes saturated with electronic devices, both for entertainment and productive purposes.
For this, they are busy communicating with technology from home and are preoccupied with games and other forms of digital entertainment.
When they finally grow up and join the consumer market as teens and adults, they will have little time to drive outdoors for shopping. They would rather transact purchases online and have goods delivered to their doorsteps.
Of course, this is happening today – but Alphas are making retailers and tech conglomerates think even deeper into how they do online business and shopping.
With this projection, tech giants and retailers are perfecting online shopping and home delivery strategies. Led by Amazon in the US and Alibaba in Asia, online business will grow by leaps and bounds.
6. Will often change careers and jobs
The explosion of information today implies the internet is becoming a one-stop center for information and education. As Generation Alpha and Z kids get smarter the internet will become the ultimate school, pioneered by tech platforms giants like Google and Facebook.
Predictions indicate digital natives will opt for short and diverse courses to acquire relevant skills instead of attending traditional forms of education.
With the world bracing itself for robotic invasion, future adults will have to make do with shorts stints in jobs, either to make way for new machines or actually replace some of them.
7. Generation of super kids?
Alphas are predicted to give true meaning to the concept of natural selection since they are suited to adapt better to the ‘side-effects’ of electromagnetic fields (EMF), and related environmental changes.
They are exposed to all kinds of tech EMF from the day of birth. and many are exposed to this even before they are born, when in the womb.
Natural selection is a mechanism of evolution. Organisms that are more adapted to their environment are more likely to survive and pass on the genes that aided their success. This process causes species to change and diverge over time.What is natural selection?
Microchipping of humans is already happening in the workplace, and will soon become commonplace as the desire to centralize humanity becomes hyped. This probably makes a lot of sense in the pursuit of natural selection and super kids.
When all is said and done, generation Alpha predictions also point to a cohort beset by growing side effects that arise from technology over-indulgence.
Out of the many, health is the most notable concern given the sedentary lifestyle adopted by the modern-day child. Extended sedentary practices lead to poor eating habits, obesity, and tech-neck.
It is incumbent upon parents to ensure technology use at home is assessed and does not interfere with other activities.
Digital natives should also be helped to navigate the internet responsibly, to stay informed about online dangers such as malware, hackers, inappropriate content, cyberbullying, and of course sexual predators.