Generation Alpha predictions highlight what demographic and social experts think will become of the current generation cohort when it reaches maturity. The experts project it will be the most transformative generation alive, at least until the next one arrives.
One reason favoring this argument is the fact that Alpha children embody what digital native generation actually means. Alphas are raised in a world saturated with tech gadgets and totally fine-tuned to coexist with technology every step of the way. They also happen 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 5G communication.
They will probably give better meaning to the expression natural selection since they are suited to adapt better to the ‘side-effects’ of electromagnetic fields (EMF) and related environmental changes. They could be a harbinger of ‘super’ things to come, such as a generation of super kids and adults!
Here are just 6 Generation Alpha predictions to think about:
Whereas the eldest Alpha child is only 9 years as of 2019, the entire generation cohort is projected to
1. Most and Least Connected Generation
The explosion of social media usage means young people are busy exploring one platform of social media or another, and cannot seem to get enough of them. Popular platforms for 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. According to Statista, social media users worldwide is skyrocketing 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 becoming common-place. It is the inability by digital children to interact FACE TO FACE with peers. They have embraced social network in its entirety, 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, too!
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
Generation Alpha kids are born right inside technology and for that, they are a bonafide digital native generation. They are
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 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
While the world is reeling endlessly over what it considers tech addiction in children, little does it accept how possible these kids will outgrow this ‘addiction’ faster. They will probably become better users of technology in the long run.
According to 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, creed, tribes, and race 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
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.
Digital natives will opt for short and diverse courses to acquire 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.
The Final Thoughts
When all is said and done, the Alpha generation has to face off adverse effects as a result of tech over-indulgence. of all concerns, health is the most notable given the sedentary lifestyle it demands of the user. Extended sedentary practices can lead to poor eating habits, obesity and other side-effects of physical inactivity.
All parents have to do is ensure technology use at home is balanced to coexist 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 safe from online dangers such as cyberbullying and privacy leaks.
These precautions can be achieved only when parents understand technology and know the tricks to weave their way through the evolving challenges!