WestMAC Year 12 students Georgia Hampson, Madeline Rodgers, Ryan Chandler and Lucas Park are among the first of the Gen Z techno-savvy generation to finish school having grown up with mobile phones and other technology.
WestMAC Year 12 students Georgia Hampson, Madeline Rodgers, Ryan Chandler and Lucas Park are among the first of the Gen Z techno-savvy generation to finish school having grown up with mobile phones and other technology. Claudia Baxter

It's a tech-savvy life for Gen Z

TECHNOLOGY may represent a dense jungle that mystifies those still coming to grips with the ever-evolving cyber world.

But the digital natives of Generation Z, who call this jungle home, are on the verge of making their technologically savvy presence felt as they enter the final year of high school.

For the Gen Z first borns of 1995, it is a noteworthy year which signifies the beginning of a generational shift.

Figures provided by demographer Mark McCrindle indicate Australia's 4.6 million Generation Zs are almost exclusively the children of Generation X.

West Moreton Anglican College Year 12 students are on the edge of the digital future, with each pupil in possession of an iPad.

But they claim the stereotypical opinion of teenagers constantly plugged into an iPod or having an obsession with constantly updating their Facebook status is not entirely true.

Madeline Rodgers admitted it was tough when her iPad was out of action, but thought the tag didn't quite fit.

"I think it is exaggerated, but at the same time we are reliant on technology and I don't know how I would survive with out it," she said. "As much as we are told to back up everything, I had to get my iPad reloaded, so that was a bit of a struggle. When you lose stuff it is really bad."

The students on average have 20 iPad apps and between 200 and 500 Facebook friends.

WestMAC director of technical information Tricia O'Keeffe said Gen Z had an almost limitless potential.

"I can't predict it. The children coming through in their primary years, it's in their DNA.

"From the day they were born their parents have been videoing them."

 

THE NEW BREED

  • 90% of Gen Z will finish Year 12 in 2015, the highest ever rate.
  • Gen Z's three Rs are relevance, responsiveness and relationship.
  • In a decade Gen Z will make up 12% of Australia's workforce.


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