This is 18: Are the kids alright?

This is 18: Are the kids alright? View Gallery
Céire Boland from Miltown in Co Kildare Pic: Bryan Meade

Just a few short years from now, Generation Z - those individuals born from 1995 onwards - will be moulding the future of every big sector from technology to politics. Catherine Healy spoke to 18-year-olds living in Ireland

Connected but dissatisfied, tolerant but often isolated, today’s 18-year-olds occupy something of an uncharted landscape. Theirs is a generation that has grown up on social media, conditioned to share and shape their lives online, characterised, supposedly, by short attention spans, an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire for instant gratification. While their millennial predecessors came of age in the glow of the Celtic Tiger, those in this youngest cohort have been raised in the shadow of economic crisis and precarity. As they transition to adulthood, enter the workplace and third-level education and become voters, what will their impact be?

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