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Gen-Z to Boomers #1

  • The Recessionals
  • Multi-generation homes
  • TikTok and reality shows
  • Harry Potter and Millennials
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Financial Times

The Recessionals: why coronavirus is another cruel setback for millennials

Nick Andersen packed up his life in Charleston, South Carolina, and headed south for a new job and a new start. On March 1, he signed a one-year lease on an apartment in Miami. Within two weeks of taking up his position at a financial software company, he was working from home. A month later, he wasn’t working at all.

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USA Today

Young Black voters say they aren’t enthusiastic about a Joe Biden presidency

“You got Black youth across the country, calling for defunding the police and thinking differently about law enforcement, and … a couple days later, in the midst of all the protests … (Biden’s) campaign says ‘Let’s spend more money on community policing,'” Green told USA TODAY.

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Why More Families Are Moving In With The Grandparents

Millennials are called the “boomerang generation” because we’ve been moving back in with our parents in droves. Now that we have kids of our own, we’re bringing them with us, too.

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Editor’s Note:

This article also appeared in our newsletter focusing on the future of cities, which of course are also changed by how different generations live in them. Here Sadiya Dendar covers the rise of multi-generational homes in Canada and its impacts big and small.

Economic Times (Times of India)

Why millennials should not be pressured into making unsuitable money decisions

Summary If the expectation at school was about marks, performance and admissions, etc, did that pressure just extend into their adult lives, in the form of career, marriage, house, car, lifestyle and kids? Are we smothering them with our frameworks?By Uma Shashikant

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New York Times

TikTok Stars Race to Land Reality Shows

The drama among influencers at Hype House and Sway House seems like a natural fit for TV. Will the industry bite?

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Pew Research

U.S. Millennials tend to have favorable views of foreign countries and institutions – even as they age

Younger people in the United States often have more positive views of foreign countries and institutions than their elders, according to Pew Research Center surveys. But do these attitudes persist as generations age? Results of a new analysis indicate that even as they grow older, younger generations tend to be more internationally oriented, more favorably disposed to groups, leaders and countries beyond their border, and less likely to see the U.S. as exceptional.

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Editor’s Note:

Much of the discussion of different generations focuses on how they act domestically with other age groups. This survey from Pew, however, focuses on how generations in the US look outward to the world.

Straits Times

Deepening appeal to a younger generation of voters

In 1984, just days before he was elected and began his political journey, which led to him becoming Singapore’s third Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong stood on a stage at Fullerton Square with a message for young Singaporeans.

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The Atlantic

Harry Potter and the Desperate Urge for the World to Be Simple

The backlash against J. K. Rowling’s comments are the growing pains of her fandom.

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Indian social media apps face challenges in filling gap left by Chinese rivals

NEW DELHI: The day India banned 59 Chinese apps, Sumit Ghosh, co-founder Chingari and his team of 20, based out of Bengaluru, started seeing an overwhelming increase in downloads of their social media app. With 100,000 new downloads every hour, Chingari added 2 million users in the next two days. The app has gone from 2.5 million downloads before the ban on Chinese apps to 10 million downloads as of today. This sudden increase in traffic was unprecedented for Ghosh’s team.

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Editor’s Note:

One of the things most stereotypically tied to Gen-Z right now is TikTok. Here Livemint covers the race to replace it among younger users in India after it was blocked in the country.


Are young people turning to the Right?

Something unusual is happening among Britain’s youngest voters, known as Generation Z or the Zoomers. Increasingly, those under the age of 22 seem to be diverging from voters aged between 22 and 39, and appear considerably more conservative, to the point where today’s 18-year-olds are about as right-wing as 40 year-olds.

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