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Generation Alpha Predictions | What Grown-up Alphas Will Become 

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Generation Alpha predictions highlight what social and demographic experts think will become of the current generation cohort when it reaches maturity. Experts project it will be the most transformative generation ever, at least until the next one arrives. One reason favoring this argument is the fact Alpha children happen to be true examples of what digital native generation means.

Raised and living in the 21st Century, the Alpha children are born right inside technology and are very much fine-tuned by the evolving trends in technology. They will have true first-hand experiences of the 4th Industrial Revolution, which is all about Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, advanced robotics, and 5G communication.

Their experiences will be affected like no other, and their brains shaped almost entirely by technology. They will probably give better meaning to the term natural selection since they will probably adapt better to the negative effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF).

Whereas the eldest Alpha child is only 9 years as of 2019, the entire generation is projected to total 2 billion, when the last in the generation is born in 2025.


Here are just 6 Generation Alpha predictions to think about

Given the present evolution in tech and the projected population explosion in regards to the generation, the rest of the world is at work figuring out the transformative contributions Alphas will bring to the table.


1. Most and Least Connected Generation – Or Maybe Not

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 it all.

Starting with Generation Z, online interaction between kids locally and internationally has never been higher. It is only going to explode, and according to Statista, social media users worldwide is skyrocketing way beyond 3 billion. Of these, 50% are teens, with Alphas right on their heels.

As the tech world adopts voice input and 5G cellular communication, there is no telling what the possibilities are, at least until after the last Alpha is born.

On the flipside of digital communication is a rather curious trend. It is the inability by digital children as a whole to interact FACE TO FACE with peers. They have embraced social network in its entirety, with a preference for online rather than offline interaction.

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 posts they are skimming through – they don’t read much, too! Ultimately, Alpha choose to associate more using evolving tech gadgets and media – tech that we are probably not aware of today.

Digital children prefer online communication
Digital children generally prefer online communication

Fortunately, when finally they outgrow tech, it will probably be time to hustle with life and maturity and fight off competition for jobs from robotics. Maybe then, will they seek each to face off a robot-infested world.


2. Tech Savvy Generation

Generation Alpha kids are born right into technology and for that, they qualify as the most digital native generation. They are learning to use advanced computing devices and travel on super-fast trains and cars. They literally breathe and think technology and cannot understand how humanity existed without it.

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 as is the case today, 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 Outgrow Tech Faster

While the world is reeling endlessly over what it considers tech addiction in children, little does it accept how possible it is that digital natives can outgrow this ‘addiction’ faster or use it to better their lives. Well, it all remains to be seen.

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Digital natives will probably outgrow tech ‘addiction’ faster

These kids are born with their eyes glued on tech screens and know nothing else to suit their day to day experiences. Parents are not making it easier when they shove more of these towards their direction, just to keep them busy!

Excessive use of technology is sometimes placed in the same category as clinical addiction, but should it be? Unless we claim it cuts across the board since parents too over abuse tech, and subconsciously teach children to abuse them.

While clinical addiction like smoking, alcoholism, and gambling happen in closed doors or in the cover of darkness, tech ‘addiction’ is a life process which happens in the open and will only get bigger. Just like music and other physical forms of entertainment, tech continues to evolve to make human life convenient. It should not be confused with addiction.

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.

Soon 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 as a productive tool. 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.

All that parents have to do is ensure tech use at home is balanced with other activities such as doing dishes, physical activity outdoors, healthy feeding, and of course, screen-free meals, and excellent sleep. Digital natives should be helped to navigate the internet responsibly, should be protected from online dangers, bullying, and ensured of privacy. Of course, it only happens if parents understand what they are doing!


4. Most Diverse Generation

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Generation Alpha is as diverse as it can get

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

Drone delivery for online shoppers
Drone delivery for online shoppers

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.

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