Generation Alpha teachers are frustrated by the new generation of students. Children are spoiled and effeminate and cannot study or concentrate. The so-called Gen Alpha includes all children under the age of 14.
Educators vent their anger on TikTok. For example, an American teacher complains: “They have no vocabulary, no background knowledge, and can't even follow a three-minute video. I've never seen anything like it.”
Generational conflicts are not new. Socrates already criticized “the youth of today”. Generation researchers are skeptical of the hype. This is also the case with Francois Hopplinger, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Zurich: “These are classic stereotypes about future generations,” he tells SRF.
It is true that social norms and external living conditions differ between generations and influence them. Generation Alpha's formative experiences in industrialized countries include trends such as digitization, economic prosperity, and increasing water scarcity.
But the loudest criticism of youth will reveal one thing above all: the fear of adults. “Studies show that the more the aging world fears the future, the worse the youth look. If you don't believe in the future, you won't believe in the young,” says Hopblinger. At the same time, old people gild the past.
“Friend of animals everywhere. Web guru. Organizer. Food geek. Amateur tv fanatic. Coffee trailblazer. Alcohol junkie.”