The want freedom in everything they do, from freedom of choice to freedom of expression.
They love to customize, personalize
They are the new scrutinizers
They look for corporate integrity and openness when deciding what to buy and where to work
Eight Generational Norms
5. The Net Gen wants entertainment and play in their work, education, and social life 6. They are the collaboration and relationship generation 7. The Net Gen has a need for speed and not just in video games 8. They are the innovators
Young people are not multi-tasking, they are switching quickly and holding onto the memory of those activities
They may be faster switchers, but can they think? The more you multitask, the les deliberative you become; the less you're able to think and reason out a problem and the more you're willing to rely on stereotypical solutions. You can't think deeply about a subject, analyze it, or develop a creative idea if you're constantly distracted by an email message, a new site, or a cell phone call.” -Jordan Grafman, Neurologist
Online Discloser: ALL of the “experts” agree that young people are disclosing way too much online
Source: U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention Grown Up Digital pg. 85 +17% 63% Used a condom -7% 36% Was in a physical fight -8% 19% Carried a weapon -11% 29% Rode with someone who had been drinking +16% 90% Used seat belt Rate Changed Since 1990 Current Rate Youth Risk Behavior
Ministry Implications Work harder than you think you need to on building trust. Be transparent, have a blog and post twice a week.
Ministry Implications Address other religions with respect and knowledge, but be passionate and firm in your own faith in Christ
Ministry Implications Use every means of social media available to you. Facebook, twitter (?), myspace, blogging, youtube.
Ministry Implications Utilize the gifts of your young people in your ministry. They want to be producers, they are confident leaders, and they want to be part of something that makes a difference in their world.
Ministry Implications Engage parents in ministry where appropriate. Kids may be more open to their parent’s being present that you might think.