• Annabel Jones

5 soul lessons I've learned from my Gen-Z kids

Updated: Feb 7, 2018

The most ethnically and culturally diverse generation yet, these tech-savvy straight-to-the-heart influencers can teach us all a thing or two about life.



5 SOUL LESSONS TO STEAL FROM GENERATION Z


THEY JUST FIGURE S**T OUT


Unlike Millennials, Gen Z don't need a lot of hand holding; If they want to do something, they figure out how to do it pretty much on the spot. I was recently delivered a bag of beauty products from a brand I knew little about. A couple of days later, I caught sight of my daughter's glowing complexion as she left the house to meet her friends. 'You're wearing makeup?! And it looks good?!' Assuming, that when the time came, I'd be teaching her a thing or two, she'd googled her way through it in a matter of hours - without asking a single question. In fact, when I quizzed her on what product was responsible for her other-wordly glow, she nonchalantly answered: 'Oh, yeah, that's Fenty Beauty Primer - it gets a lot of cred on beauty tutorials; it's very important to hydrate and prime your skin before make-up.' Needless to say, it's now in my kit.


THEIR STYLE IS ORIGINAL AND SUSTAINABLE


Gen Z like one-offs, which is why brands like Supreme, who make a limited number of items that sell out on the day, popular with this tribe. I've dropped my son at the Soho store to queue in line for hours for a seemingly simple t-shirt that 'no one else has got.' Gen Z are also active on Depop, an online market site where they can find something that means something. Whilst the one-off t-shirt they're queuing up to buy may not be anything to shout about, putting in that much effort does have its merits; There's something to be said for the tangibility and thoughtfulness of a real life shopping experience that isn't present in the the maze of instant online clicks. Plus, there's a real sense of entrepreneurship amongst these folks; they buy and sell for profit. Which is both smart and sustainable.


THEY LIVE IN THE MOMENT


Take a look at a Gen Z Instagram account and it more than likely won't have a big archive of posts. Nostalgia is not on their radar, it's all about living in the moment and that means displaying images that represent who they are - and what they're doing - right now.


SELFIES ARE OVER


Whilst my instagram feed is full of pouty selfies of my contemporaries, tweaked and filtered just-so, Gen Z prefer the art of reportage; taking shots from far away, often without a their face on full show, just...hanging. 'It's not all about looking pretty, it's about 'a feeling,' I'm told.


FACE TIME BRINGS A DEEPER CONNECTION


Upon endless frustration that my kids won't pick up the phone to me when I call, I held a communication interevention only to discover that if I'm not down with messaging through Snapchat, they will Facetime. 'You won't talk on the phone, but you'll facetime me?!' The answer I got was this: 'Er, yeah, it's more real. Speaking on the phone is weird,' And so, maybe it is; Weird.

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