Growing up in an uncertain changing world.
Influencing the influencers
The third report in Sogeti’s Digital Happiness series charts the rise of a new generation of influencers – post millennial young people for whom the concept of digital ‘transformation’ is alien. ‘The Synthetic Generation’ report argues that digital and new media behaviors are simply ‘normal’ to these Gen Z youngsters, for whom being an influencer or following their favorite influencers (fake or real) are part and parcel of everyday life.
Following both ‘The Happiness Advantage’ and ‘In Code We Trust’, this latest report describes how young people follow each other and see the world through the eyes of their contemporaries. It is a game of influencing and wanting to be influenced by “ordinary” people. And it sees a turning away from the paths that other generations have followed. Further, real flesh and blood influencers now have a competitor: the computer variant, a ‘fake friend’ that blurs the line between reality and social media.
The report argues that this new generation – The Founders, Homelanders, iGen, the fluid generation, Gen Z – has a different value compass than even the millennials of just a few years ago. More secular. More self-actualized. More protected (by their parents). More interested in making an impact on the world than the generations that immediately precede them.
Confronting the new Gen Z reality
Burp. Slurp. Gulp. You might think it ludicrous to watch and listen to somebody eating, but this is the new reality for today’s Gen Z generation. Our report assesses the new social (media) habits of this post millennial generation, studies the journey to today, and asks what organizations need to do to remain relevant and trusted in a world where what’s real and fake is becoming increasingly difficult to see.
From avatars and AI, to ‘truth’ that’s easily manipulated, we consider the impact of digital on young people’s understanding of the world, their relationships, and their expectations for the future of work. What’s clear is that authenticity is key to this generation’s pursuit of happiness – but helping youngsters identify what is real and what is fake is an ongoing challenge.
Relevant and inclusive – what Gen Z wants
For enterprises contending with this new generation, key takeaways include:
‘The Synthetic Generation – Growing up in an uncertain changing world’ combines in-depth Gen Z generational research with input from experts in areas such as generation science, sociology and ethics. It offers an informed and unmissable perspective on the future of work, social interaction, and the role of Gen Z in changing enterprise values and mindsets.
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Sander Duivestein (1971) is a highly acclaimed and top-rated trendwatcher, an influential author, an acclaimed keynote speaker, a digital business entrepreneur, and a strategic advisor on disruptive innovations. His main focus is the impact of new technologies on people, businesses and society. He is therefore a much sought-after speaker for conferences, strategy sessions and other business gatherings.
Thijs Pepping is a Trend Analyst at SogetiLabs’ research center. His expertise is the impact of new digital technologies on the individual, organization and society. After his study at the University of Humanistic Studies at Utrecht he pursued a career in Test Consultancy. In his research for SogetiLabs and in his workshops and keynotes he combines both perspectives: the digital and the humanistic view on life resulting in an inspiring mix of digital humanism.
Menno van Doorn leads the SogetiLabs Research Institute, which is part of technology provider, Sogeti for the analysis of new technologies. His field of expertise is human centered technology strategies. Educated in consumer psychology, he has co-authored books and studies on social media, mobile behavior, blockchain, IOT and artificial intelligence. Menno supports organizations in defining their happiness advantage and envisioning and designing happiness strategies.