Though Gen Z is the most connected cohort, there’s increasing concern that online connections don’t satisfy a deep-seated need for human contact. Video messaging app Squad aims to fill the gap with shared-screen chatting. Could this ease loneliness and isolation in our digital universe?
For generations, people have sought to improve themselves by seeking guidance from friends, family, support groups, and books. But in the digital era, many teenagers are turning to Instagram for self-help advice. How are they harnessing this platform to find solutions for everyday problems?
A decade ago, social media was seen as a novel distraction. But with 92% of US teens going online daily, an online persona can lay the groundwork for an individual’s entire social life. Given the internet’s influence on Gen Z, Common Sense is helping students become better digital citizens.
Slack has firmly established itself within the working world, forming the comms backbone for employees at major media outlets and start-ups alike. The Islands app aims to bring a similar service to college students, helping them to collaborate, find support and socialize with their peers.
Youth subcultures still exist, but they’re far removed from the mods, rockers, punks and hippies of generations past. How have blogs and social media impacted the way Gens Y and Z form tribes? And how do they define their identities beyond the clothes they wear and music they listen to?