January 1, 1983, is considered to be the official birthday of the Internet. These were the findings of a famous University in Georgia, USA. Before this, the numerous computer networks did not have a standard way to communicate with each other. A new communications protocol was established called Transfer Control Protocol/Internetwork Protocol (TCP/IP). There is an interesting article on this at: https://www.popularmechanics.com/culture/web/a20104417/www-public-domain/
The birth of the world wide web (www) was after the end of the so-called Generation X era, two years later than the birth of Generation Y (millennials), and already well established during the birth of Generation Z. In an IT environment, we may suggest that Generation X is a non-digital generation, and Generation Y and Z are generations brought up in a digital era.
After the fact, one can imagine the vast differences between the two generations. Let us look at this a little closer.
|Generation X||Generation Z|
|Spent a lot of time outdoors playing in the sand and mud with toy trucks and dolls.||Spend a lot of time indoors and are more involved in Social Media than Social Interaction.|
|Own their own houses||Live with parents|
|Relied on Books for information||Trust the internet with information|
|Regarded as hard workers and are more committed to work.||In the current workforce where most actions and duties require little to no human intervention and are more digitally inclined.|
|Respectful||Tend to be more concerned about ethics and liberty.|
|Tend to do things quicker and don’t like doing something over extended periods.||Tend to be more relaxed.|
|Knows history well and are less tech-inclined||Knows a lot about current trends, future developments, and are more tech-savvy|
The biggest difference I would say is the difference in times the different generations spent with access to the vast amount of information on the internet.
Generation X did not have early access to the www and had to do a lot of research from books and encyclopedias. To stimulate their social curiosity, Generation X had to rely on Magazines and Newspapers. Generation Z was born into a world of social magic with loads of social internet sites, information and education websites.
In conclusion, the assumption is that Generation Z will be smarter because of the early exposure to the world wide web and all the information that can be accessed from it, however, they might lack strong work ethics. Sometimes not by choice but rather because of the era they were born into. Generation X, on the other hand, might have less knowledge due to the late exposure to the information from the world wide web but have a more stern approach to respect and ethics.