Post millennials- the generation everyone loves to hate. Also known as Generation Z, the rising youth born after the 2000s are, in popular opinion, more complaining and fickle than any prior demography. Raised in the age of technology and the birth of social media, many post millennials actively seek to change their approach to education, entertainment and relationships. Being pretentious has never been easier, especially regarding the sharing of personal lives.
The technological boom of the 21st century led to increased expectations and decreased attention spans. With a worldwide bank of media available at the touch of a finger, society moves at a much faster pace today, with people flicking through information efficiently and effortlessly. This is not a change specific to news, but also for people; with people across the globe connecting daily over the Internet, meeting new friends and significant others online has become a norm for the post-millennial society. However, as fascinating and incredible this revolution may be, it cannot be denied that the current generation has developed an almost crippling dependency on technology. Social media and texting becoming inseparable to daily lives, many claim that what has started as an attempt at global communication has ironically made genuine human interaction more scarce. This is a prevalent issue for Generation Z as the growth of the virtual world has started to collide with genuine social interaction.
Like most millennials, couples today have also become dependent on social media to communicate. Although messaging apps and internet calls have made short and long distance relationships more convenient, this instant and constant connection places pressure on one’s availability. Having individual time away from social interactions is savored by many, especially in regards to the wide range of personalities co-existing in the larger-than-ever world today. However, the 24/7 online connection has made responding immediately to conversations social etiquette. The post-millennial world has grown to equate time apart as undesirable and even rude, with arguments stemming from a significant other’s texting habits. Spending time away from the online world by not responding to messages or not having an active social media account is now considered abnormal and even antisocial. In order to fit in and maintain social relationships in the 21st century, people dive into the social network. This online society flourishes with those who are eager to communicate, but it can also shun and intimidate those who enjoy keeping to themselves.
Not only does the online world affect individual communication, but it also ties social circles together, and not just in a positive way. With exposure to the lives of old and new friends, comparing people by their online personas and showing off one’s own has become a norm. The countless amount of information being poured onto the Internet every minute brushes mediocrity aside and draws people to outliers. This is not just a media or news phenomenon, with extremities dominating the headlines, but also one for interpersonal relationships. People grow to contrast their own lives with those online, which creates superficial relationships, not to mention excess jealousy and insecurity.
People experience love in different forms. For millennials, who are exposed to such a wide range of thought, will one person ever be enough? Even if one falls in love with another, comparing their own relationships to others has become so much easier. Will they be satisfied with simplicity? Or will they dream of the elaborate and glamorous professions of love that they see others perform? Love has become less about falling for someone and more about fulfilling requirements. That way, it has become less emotionally fulfilling. Although it may be difficult to find true romanticists should never lose hope; if millennial love is possible, then it will be truly the most qualified form of love there is.