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Generation Alpha predictions highlight what demographic and social experts think will become of the current generation cohort when it reaches maturity. Whereas the eldest Alpha is only 10 years as of 2020, experts project it to be the most transformative generation yet, at least until the next one arrives. Born and raised entirely in the 21st Century, Generation Alpha children embody the ideal concept of a true digital native generation.


The Alpha Story …

The first Alpha child was born in 2010, and the last will be born in 2025. Estimates point to an average of 2.5 million alphas being born every other week. The entire generation cohort is predicted to total 2 billion when the last one is born in the year 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.

In light of the above, Generation Alpha predictions, therefore, herald future generations living with technology (RFID microchip) inside them in a manner never seen before! This probably gives meaning to a networked world of humans, controlled in a centralized computer!


The 7 Generation Alpha Forecast

Generation Alpha to herald advanced trends in technology
Generation Alpha to herald advanced trends in technology. Photo by Retha Ferguson from Pexels

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, without tiring. Popular platforms for older generations Z and Millenials range from Snapchat, Instagram to WhatsApp, and there is no telling how Alphas will reshape these!

Starting with Generation Z, online interaction between kids has 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 has gone beyond 3 billion, and of these, 50% are teens, with Alphas weighing up their contribution.

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, a rather curious trend is happening: the inability by digital children to interact FACE TO FACE with peers. They have totally embraced social network platforms, with a preference for online rather than offline interactions.

Even when they meet and sit around the table, digital kids prefer chatting on social platforms than talking. If they do, it is in reaction to the updates they are skimming through – 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 they learn and use computing devices explains a transformative generation that will innovate even more as the years roll on. 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 to use advanced voice assistants and AI-related software bots and will prefer online education over traditional forms of learning.


3. Will Probably Outgrow Tech Addiction Faster

Alphas will probably outgrow tech fast.
Following early introduction and extenive use, Alphas will probably outgrow tech fast. Photo by Maya Anggraeni from Pexels

While the world is reeling endlessly over what it considers tech addiction in children, little does it accept predictions these kids will outgrow this ‘addiction’ faster. They will probably become better users of technology in the long run.

When talking 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.

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 rumble.

Well, it all remains to be seen.


4. Most Diverse Generation

The world today is a melting pot of cultural and racial diversity. Different peoples from different cultures, creeds, tribes, and races are traveling the world over and settling in new neighborhoods and countries. There is an explosion of multi-racial relationships which is leading to multiracial, multinational and therefore multicultural Alpha children.

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 interacting with diverse options and people in life. Better still, they have mastered to grasp lots of digital information thrown at them and spread them around far and wide.


5. Will Revolutionize Online Shopping

Drone delivery for online shoppers
Drone delivery for online shoppers

A vast 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 tech and are pre-occupied with games and other digital forms of 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. Some 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 humans is already placed in the workplace, and will soon become commonplace around the globe as the desire to control everyone from a centralized location becomes hyped. This probably makes a lot of sense in the pursuit of natural selection and super kids.


The Final Thoughts

When all is said and done, generation Alpha predictions also point to adverse effects as a result of tech over-indulgence. Of all concerns, health is the most notable given the sedentary lifestyle of the modern-day child. Extended sedentary practices lead to poor eating habits, obesity, and other side-effects blamed on physical inactivity.

It is incumbent upon parents to ensure technology use at home is balanced and does not interfere with other activities such as doing dishes, outdoor activities, healthy nutrition, screen-free moments, and of course, sufficient sleep.

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.