Wednesday May 27, 2020

This is 18: Are the kids alright?

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

4th March, 2018
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Céire Boland from Miltown in Co Kildare Pic: Bryan Meade

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...

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