Generation Y set to break tech-ethnic barriers

Generation Y set to break tech-ethnic barriers

Summary: With better education, greater access to a borderless Web and culturally aware Generation Y'ers, the next generation of IT worker is set to break through cultural and technical norms of today.

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Some may think the Generation Y are underdeveloped and lack knowledge of the paths before them. Didn't the older generations feel the same at this age?

An article published yesterday from December's Kiplinger Letter suggest the Generation Y have more to offer than the older generation credit them with.


The Generation Y, defined as aged between 18-30, make up nearly a quarter of all Americans, and that technology is the very lifeblood keeping us afloat. But more interestingly, the broken down demographics show a major shift towards a greater, more diverse population of culture, ready to breach the workplace in a few years' time.

"90% of Gen Yers over the age of 18 use the Internet. 75% use social networking [...] 60% of them access the Web wirelessly while on the go. 83% keep their cell phones nearby, day and night, awake or sleeping. Two-fifths don't even have a land line."

Ethnicity and nationality

Equally, the cultural side to the younger generation is stark. The United States is a culturally diverse and exotic blend of different ethnicities and nationalities, and today's Generation Y are diluting the 'them and us' attitude of US born and non-US born identity.

"For now, Generation X - the small cohort between the Baby Boom and Gen Y and now aged 30-45 has the highest share of foreign-born Americans, largely because they are the same age as most new immigrants. As Gen Y moves into that age bracket, its share of non-natives will swell."

Culturally aware

Another snippet goes on to explain educational values applied to Generation Y'ers or Millennials, combining the knowledge of technology and more interactive learning experiences for school students today.

"One in five Millennials over the age of 18 have already graduatedfrom college; one fourth of them are working on graduate degrees. Another fourth are in college and about 30%, though not now in school expect to earn a degree [...] Gen Y'ers are also well travelled. About a quarter of a million Gen Y'ers study abroad each year. They're culturally aware thanks in part to their foreign studies and to the diversity of their peer groups."

In my experience, university environments are often a blend of different ethnic makeups, nationalities and cultural identities, and technology helps to increase social inclusion.

Well-traveled and transnational students seem to engage with technology less than those who have been brought up with one culture alone. Mobile computing for one example is used for various reasons, like checking train times and maintaining social networks on the go -- the more diverse students engage better on a personal level using their mobile as a tool, rather than a necessity.

Yet for little England-types like me, technology is a primary source for getting in touch with others to then meet in person. The two lives, both online and offline merge with each other and act in parallel.

In short, technology ultimately brings people together, regardless of their social background. The hope is these values will progress into the workplace to create exciting new opportunities for those who believed they would not have had the opportunity, creating a far more diverse and aware workforce.

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  • RE: Generation Y set to break tech-ethnic barriers

    Keep Dreaming ZACK, your generation will be slaves to China and India...
    • RE: Generation Y set to break tech-ethnic barriers

      Hmm, a very bold comment, but one which I don't 100% disagree. China and India do look like they are on a takeover path over the next 4 or 5 decades.

      Britains on the skids, the USA has just nearly gone bust. The time is ripe for a couple of countries like this to step up and cement a foothold in world industry.

      Alex @ <a href="">i want my ex back</a>
  • RE: Generation Y set to break tech-ethnic barriers

    Eh, I never knew I had this "ethnic problem" . . . I thought I got along with everybody I meet just fine regardless of culture.

    Maybe I don't? Somehow?


    Anyhow, IMO people who have real issues with this appear to be pretty rare. At least where I live they're pretty rare. I've got lots of family with all kinds of heritage.

    I'm guessing this is more about where you live rather than how old you are. Age seems to be a really poor way to break down the demographics of people who have cultural issues.

    I live in a relatively "diverse" neighborhood where even the oldest (old enough to have great-grandchildren) get along fine with people of other cultures.
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