As this pandemic wears on and the social changes continue, I have been thinking about the Millennials (born 1981-96) and Gen Z (born 1997-2012) generations.
Here are a few things on the millennial ‘kill list’:
- Costco (order online instead)
- Beer (prefer cocktails or wine)
- Wine corks (screw tops preferred)
- Napkins (use paper towels)
- Cable and movie theaters (stream instead)
- Department stores (online instead)
- Business suits
- Golf (our Gen Z grandson does not agree)
- Hotels (Airbnb or adventure travel instead)
- Doorbells (text when you arrive instead)
- Postcards (this makes me very sad; I love postcards)
- Cereal (too messy)
- Beef (too expensive and bad for the environment)
I am sure most industries are already aware of the upcoming sea change. I also know that Millennials aren’t all alike any more than boomers are, but I still thought it was pretty interesting reading. I imagine this list might apply to Gen Z somewhat as well. As a baby boomer, we were the last generation to have such a profound effect on the culture. And now here come what I call the Apple Gen – millennials and Gen Z.
I’ve been interested in the Apple vs. Android debate. I am an Android user, but I think Apple is the future. While Android has most of the worldwide market, Apple is big in the US, particularly with millennials and Gen Z. I found another blog that illustrates this. The younger the user, the more likely they are to have Apple products. Our grandson (Gen Z) frequently asks me ‘when I am going to get an I-Phone?’ I also asked our granddaughter (Gen Z) about her classmates in middle and high school. Virtually every student has a smart phone. A few have Android (less expensive), but the vast majority have I-Phones.
I have used both but gravitate to Android because I am more familiar with it. But I also know that most of my boomer friends use I Phones. It is hard to believe that I-Phones were invented during Gen Z (June 2007)!
I am more familiar with Android so keep buying Samsung and I bet ‘Apple Gen‘ will keep buying I-Phones because that is what they are familiar with. Our grandson may be right, it might be time for grandma to get an I-Phone (too bad I just renewed my Samsung contract)!
I am borrowing Kim Shrier’s campaign slogan: wear a mask, get a flu shot, and VOTE!
See you on Friday!