I remember I looked at him, like, “Dad, did you just hear what I said?” [Laughter] He goes, “I think it's great.” He goes: “Look, I've raised you to seek truth and to follow it. The other side is the worldview and belief system of this generation. [Laughter]. They remember sitting at the table with us, as we were talking about the evidences—it was part of our—in other words, you're going to share something about your faith with your kids. I know that my own son/both my sons grew up in their youth ministry in which these kinds of conversations where happening all the time. Open mobile menu ... Generation Z … Ann: I was going to add that. The Barna data shows that 32 percent of practicing Christians expressed desire to care for the poor and needy in contrast to 21 percent of non-practicing Christians, 26 percent of young persons of non-Christian faiths, and 17 with no faith. Adults typically can handle this. A lot of it was that I was trying to figure out: “What is our priority?” and “What are we going to spend our money on anyway?”, I wonder how many of our listeners, right now, have thought about: “What percentage of their monthly budget they are spending on digital platforms?”, Sean: That's a great question. Join hosts Dave and Ann Wilson with FamilyLife Today® veteran cohost Bob Lepine for new episodes every weekday. On behalf of our hosts, Dave and Ann Wilson, I’m Bob Lepine. It turns out that one of the secular web kind of internet sites that began took Evidence that Demands a Verdict, chapter by chapter—historians, philosophers, theologians—writing, saying why it was wrong. When I was a kid, I remember the time when you had freedoms was when you got your driver's license. Here, at FamilyLife Today, one of our assignments is to help equip you, as parents and as grandparents, with the resources you need, the information you need, the encouragement all of us need to be ready for those moments/to be engaged with our kids and grandkids as they continue on their journey of faith. I just watched it; and I thought: “It's a different generation, and it's a different world,” and “Digital is part of that.”. Help others Find an event Find global partners Find small group studies Help for pastors Help for stepfamilies Help for you Listen to FamilyLife Blended® Listen to FamilyLife Today® Ministry Advisor, About us Contact us Career Opportunities Make a donation Annual Report Leave a Legacy. I'm a Gen X-er; so I sit down with someone, and the assumption is like: “We're not on our phones; let's talk.” Well, with this generation, the assumption is: “Let's pull out Instagram® while we're sitting together,”—or whatever/Snapchat®—“because we might be ‘liking’ the same photos.”. What is E-Girl? Be ready in season and out of season—not that we have to have an answer in the moment for everything that we get asked—but we have to be ready to say: “Let's look at this; let's ask the hard questions. Unlike earlier generations that matured into social good causes, Gen Z is socially focused. I think that there's a sense of loneliness and even of not having community. We’re here for you. Generation Z, or Gen Z for short (also known as Zoomers), are the demographic cohort succeeding Millennials and preceding Generation Alpha.Researchers and popular media use the mid-to-late 1990s as starting birth years and the early 2010s as ending birth years. Fewer than half (47%) of Gen Zers say they’re content with their lives compared to 60% of … Ann: Sean, are you guys—are looking and checking his phone? Leg and Shoes on the Street with Generation Z Text. I wonder, “What it is we're sharing with our kids? In general, Millennials and Generation-Z are painted as entitled, self-focused, unmotivated, and all-around disappointing. Unlike Baby Boomers and even some in Generation X, Gen Z also cares very much about full equality. We knew the bride 10 years ago when she was graduating high school, but haven’t seen much of her in the mean time. And they show how they've been manufactured. “How do you deal with that as a parent? Let's do this together.”. Most millennials, Gen Z don’t view marriage, family formation as life goals: study, Bixby Creek Bridge, Monterey, United States, China's Communist Party orders teachers to establish Marxist religious view, promote atheism, Al Mohler raises concerns about study claiming ‘nearly half’ of LGBT Americans are religious, State Department adds Nigeria, 9 other countries to list of worst religious freedom violators, Houston police rescue 30 illegal immigrants kidnapped by cartels, Jesus also lost an election. I still don't think that we know what that means for brain development, for relationship, for worldview. We will see you back next time for another edition of FamilyLife Today. Sean: That's how they started the secular web, as far as I'm aware and as far as I've been told. I was like, “Oh, my goodness.” At 19, I didn't have the sophistication to answer claims that Jesus didn't exist. This generation is being raised to have what they want, when they want it, where they want it, how they want it. ... Klein was 13 and 14 during the 2016 Republican primary and watched the debates alongside members of her family… Teenagers will gather around food and relationships. (The lower measure for Silents could be attributed to the reality that the question applied to very few of them since they were 60+ years of age when the question was asked in 2005.) Dave: Yes, that's what I was getting at—there's a digital presence in our son’s and daughter’s hand, that connects them to the world, that we never had. Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace, co-authors of the book, "So the Next Generation Will Know," tell us about the unique ways Gen Z-those born between 1995 and 2015-differs from their parents and grandparents. I'm not sure we've really thought about how that teaches them to see the world. Order online at FamilyLifeToday.com; or call to order: 1-800-358-6329—that's 1-800-”F” as in family, “L” as in life, and then the word, “TODAY.”, I'm thinking back to what Sean shared earlier about the interaction with your son over, the Jehovah's Witness' material. We are so happy to provide these transcripts to you. I hope you can be with us for that. For a lot of it, I was operating on one income as a police officer. As one of the youngest age cohorts coping with the pandemic (the oldest of which is 23 and the youngest is just 8), the concerns of Gen Z (aka “zoomers”) are a bit different than those of older generations. Our hosts are Dave and Ann Wilson; I'm Bob Lepine. Where are you spending your time, your money, your resources, your passion? At least, your son or daughter is interested in spiritual things; and let's get to the root of it before we overreact. Writing for Burlap, Chris Folmsbee has observed, “As a group, [Gen Zers] are less concerned with the racial background of their peers, which makes sense, as more members of Generation Z than any previous generation are comprised of mixed race ancestry, particularly white and Asian, as well as white and black families.”. Among the survey participants, approximately half had both completed their education and become financially independent from their parents. Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace, co-authors of the book, "So the Next Generation Will Know," tell us about the unique ways Gen Z-those born between 1995 and 2015-differs from their parents and grandparents. Bob: Okay; well, we'll look it up after we're done here. Parents shouldn't neglect teaching their kids about the responsibilities of owning a smartphone and interacting online. Bob: Well, I think it is. Their phones are their lifeline. Gen Z is more racially and ethnically diverse than previous generations. Now, I look back; and I'm like, “I can't believe I was taken in by that”; but I was 19. Note: By clicking the "Sign up" button, you agree to receive email updates from FamilyLife and agree to FamilyLife’s, https://shop.familylife.com/Products.aspx?categoryid=95, https://www.familylife.com/familylife-podcast-network/. Have you seen E-Girl? About four in five children say … Sean: We are, and this is an on-going conversation, actually, we wrote into the contract: “You'll probably fail, and you'll lose it; and we'll give it back, and you'll try again.” And that has happened; I'm not going to pretend that we've done this perfectly. This website and other related websites are owned and operated by FLTI, dba FamilyLife®, an Arkansas nonprofit corporation. The data also reveals that both millennials and Gen Zoomers are highly success-oriented, "with both generations moving further away from more traditional life goals of generations past to a life course that demands achievement or at least stability in their education, career and finances. Warner Wallace and Sean McDowell—guys, welcome. Ann: As a mom, when our kids were teenagers, we had so many kids hanging out at our house. We're all human; we all have passions we'll chase.” “If you're going to leave, and go to college, and think it's not true, evidentially, that's on me. Recently, I attended a wedding for the daughter of our friends. I always say the same thing, “Yes, I'm happy to sign a book to her; but she's not going to read it.” The reality of it is that we have to do two of these things that we talked about last time. The workplace now has several distinct generations working together, each with its own unique perspectives, communication styles, and perceptions. Let's focus on what we have in common. These expectations and assumptions, which are not stated, are at the heart of, at least, a good amount of the conflict. Each generation is different from the one before it. [Laughter] But also, I thought it taught them a lesson. That's on you; I get it. Generation Z . Sean: So I remember these commercials, years ago—it was like Coke® versus Pepsi®—and the idea was, if you want a soda, there's really two options. Generation Z (or Gen Z for short) are the people succeeding the Millennials. Also, this generation cares about the environment and saving the planet! J. Warner: Well, I was lucky. What are we doing? Gen Z homemakers are unlikely to make impulse purchases, nor they are likely to be brand-loyal. FamilyLife® is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and all gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law. Generation Z In The GOP: ... She still holds that view today. Bob: You'd have to have TikTok. I think the key to understand the different ways we see this generation, thinking and acting, is through the lens that they have their smartphones. As a whole, we tend to be more mature/have life experiences; but we hand it to a young person, without any rules, and boundaries, and context. You couldn't google, but you could search around and find different blogs. They're involved in apologetics ministry; and they've written a book together called So the Next Generation Will Know, which is about how we connect with our kids and transmit truth in a way that it sticks. I remember—I don't know how many times I heard Dennis Rainey say, “The relationship is the bridge you build that you can carry a ton of truth across that bridge, as long as the bridge is solid.” Blow up the bridge, and the truth won't get across; so if you've got to focus on something, make that your focus. So that I know, in that context, I'm not worried that they're going to encounter the objections for the first time. J. Warner: Yes, I am. I used to always say, as a youth pastor, “Look; if you're going to go off and chase your passions in college, and walk away from the faith, that's fine. Stress. Dave: You're basing that on I Peter 3?—a little bit. And Jim was kind of hinting at the fact that there's endless ideas and options. Today’s younger generations get a lot of bad press. When asked to rate their mental health, 27% of Generation Z'ers described it as fair or poor. Getty. A lot of this, I was able to say, “Look; what are our priorities, as a family, that would cause me, with four kids, to embrace the phone charges of a cell phone?” At some point, you've got to ask yourself: “What are your priorities? Born: 1912-1921. The Barna group conducted the research along with Christian humanitarian organization World Vision. Members of the Silent Generation, whose population came of age during the 1930s, acted similarly. Where's that going?”, So for my kids, I was able to delay a lot of this to say, “Hey; there's nothing for you to look forward to if everything you ever wanted is going to be given to you before you turn 16.” They didn't get cars. Such a shift likely explains, in part, the trend of moving away from goals related to family formation, which is often associated with the active practice of faith. This generation is being raised to have what they want, when they want it, where they want it, how they want it. The point was not that there's something magical about 14½. They didn't say, “You get to drive when you're 16.” They said, “That's necessary; but you get to drive when you show us you can handle a car with maturity.” My dad was a little over the top—he'd say, “Son, it's a death machine.” [Laughter] I'm like, “Okay; I get it. Dave: Here's a question; I've got two dads here, and the title of your book is So the Next Generation Will Know. You ask a lot of young people, now, if they drive: “What would you rather give up?—your phone or your car?” “Easy,”—they go—“Don't take my phone—that's my lifeline. But it does seem like teenagers today—of course, I guess my parents looked at me and said, “What's the deal with those kids?”—right? It was really because they had the freedom to be who they were. It used to be something you'd wait and say: “Well, you're going to go to college next year, so we'll start talking about a Christian worldview late in high school or….” [Now] “Look, you're going to get a phone? How do we transmit the faith?”—that's where we're going. If that's not enough, you can get a soda with your name on it. Generation Z is one of the most powerful consumer forces in the market today. I was going to say—we laughed a ton; we listened a lot; we asked a lot of questions; and we had so much food. You’ll find us online at FamilyLifeToday.com. There's endless options, and I'm not sure we've really thought about how that teaches them to see the world. But also, I've got questions about: “Why God would allow evil,” “Questions about whether I should trust this ancient manuscript,” “Why do I think the resurrection actually occurred?” “Why does the resurrection matter at all?” These are things I've always talked about with my kids as part of our faith journey. J. Warner: That is by far the weirdest introduction ever. We talked about relationships and truth-claims—information and relationship—that is the marriage we have to have. The Generation Z sample consisted of those aged 15 to 21. I'm just kind of searching around, figuring out this internet thing; and I come across this. We'll explore that today with Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace. Stay connected with our doable, rock-solid advice for families just like yours–right to your inbox every week. Thanks for your partnership with us. They expect multiple generations to stay close and take care of each other. Generation Z (aka Gen Z, iGen, or centennials), refers to the generation that was born between 1996-2010, following millennials. Bob: Sean, when you were 19, you went to your dad and said, “I'm not sure I buy all of this stuff.” His whole career is riding on whether his son buys all of this stuff. How does being part of your generation affect the way you view the world? I hope today's program has been helpful for you; and if it has, I want to encourage you to make ministry like this available to more people by helping to support the ministry of FamilyLife Today. You know, it's said sometimes that: “Whatever character you have, or whatever the nature of your personality is, if you add money to it, it just amplifies the person you were before.” There is a sense in which this kind of digital technology amplifies all the innate characteristics that teenagers have always displayed/that young people have always displayed. [Laughter] Do you remember that conversation? The study, called "The Connected Generation Report," documents findings collected from over 15,000 interviews with young people in both the Gen Z and millennial generations in 25 nations and nine languages. I also don't want him to think: “Son, son, what are you looking at?! A lot of things I've done with my kids—we were up near Hume Lake at a camp in California. So when the best man’s toast made it clear that he expected the couple to have a family, I was startled. I'm thinking—, Dave: I don't think I'm going to watch that show, Bob. All rights reserved. Now we know how much influence they’re exerting over family spending decisions and overall shopping behavior. Sean: It's easier. Bob: Both of these guys are authors and speakers; they are at Biola University as professors there. If you have pre-teens or teenagers, get this book; or get the participant's guide and go through it with other parents, so you can have some interaction/some clarity on how to deal with these issues. ", Because of this, 40 percent of survey respondents in these younger generations indicated that they are as likely to feel “optimistic about the future” as they are “uncertain about the future,” in addition to “afraid to fail” and “anxious about important decisions.” Thirty-six percent reported feeling “pressure to be successful.”. ; it's just easier to give in. Bob: This is your dad's Magnum Opus on apologetics: Evidence that Demands a Verdict. In August, 2018, the American Psychological Association conducted their "Stress in America"survey of respondents between age 15 and older adulthood. Bob: Wow! This is evil; this is bad!” I don't want to overreact. As you're trying to lay a foundation of truth in the life of your child, our guests believe there is something that goes right alongside that, that cannot be neglected. Bob: This was a TikTok® phenomenon that I'd never seen before. We have a lot of studies in the book; but we also say: “Look, studies can only take us so far.” Every young person is unique; so, yes, there are some trends we need to be aware of/to understand; but we have to remember, the older we get, the more we think, “The world has completely changed!” [Laughter] You know what?—kids, because they are made in the image of God, have the same exact relational and life needs, as a whole, that we did. Tell me about that.” It could be something for a class; it could be a whole range of reasons before I freak out. Gen Z is the most racially diverse generation, research firm 747 Insights found, and interracial marriage is on the rise. Generation Z - a teenager girl plays the guitar in her room. He said to me/he goes, “I wasn't.” I said, “Why not?” He said, “Because I knew the depth of relationship that you and I had.” That is not what I expected him to say, but I realized that relationship is the heart of it; it's the heart of it. Ann: I was going to say: “They're on us constantly,” and “All their friends have one.”. We need to explore that together.” Then maybe you run back to your bedroom and get a copy of the book that we're talking about today, look it up, and go, “Okay, what's the answer to that one?” [Laughter]. The book is called So the Next Generation Will Know: Preparing Young Christians for a Challenging World. One, we're seeing that it affects them relationally. [Laughter] I'm not sure how I even fit into that. They, too, saved money and resisted the temptation to become adults before their time. That's the environment in which our teenagers today are being raised. But how exactly are Gen Zers influencing family decisions? Now, you're able to get outside your home environment on the digital technology/on the platform—young people, who are in junior high age. There was this relational component, and there was this truth component: “Is this really true?”, We were in Breckinridge, Colorado; and I remember I went out to coffee with my dad. Ann: Sean, what led you to that point, as a 19-year-old? Gen Z is also extremely persuasive within their families, and influence 70% of family food purchases and 80-90% of other purchased items. Take my car.”. I think the reason a lot of parents give their kids phones too early is because they don't want to fight the battles. Apparently, there's this whole thing, where teenage tween girls, they—I think this is what it's called/the E-Girl—they make these videos, where somebody pulls them into a room—into the E-Girl factory—and turns them from being plain teenagers into being E-Girls, with the makeup; and they've got their little hearts on their face in the right place; and they've got all the moves down. How Does Each Generation View Work-Life Balance? Here's the way we frame it in the book: we have a whole chapter on Gen Z—walking through how they think, their experiences, how the world has changed—because we want to parent and reach this generation in light of where they are. We walked by this Jehovah's Witness booth. Understanding Gen Z. Or is it just that they're growing up in a different culture/a different environment?”. 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