Both generations were raised during tough times. My youngest was born amid chaos – shortly after the terrorist attacks of 9-11. And now she’s coming of age amid more disruption, as part of the graduating class of 2020, who actually won’t get to graduate because of the COVID-19 coronavirus and the upset it’s left in its wake.
Like their grandparents, what doesn’t kill Gen Z makes them stronger. They are more focused, ambitious, hardworking, and traditional than their millennial elders. Gen Z has also been raised by a generation slightly less self-absorbed than the boomers who raised the millennials in their own feckless image. I’m right on the cusp of being a boomer and had my kids later in life, so I count myself among the self-absorbed boomer club.