- May 29, 2023
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So they want to have a job that requires no skill and lets them do whatever the fuck they want? Duh.
The top 3 ranked jobs were Corporate Recruiter, Marketing Manager, and Social Media Manager. They want to stay stuck in the big corpo algo hellhole they grew up in because it's all they know and all they think they're good at (do they actually understand the psychological mechanisms at play and how to strategize with the algo? maybe some, but probably not much above an intuitive level). Unsurprising, but sad.
I don't have much experience with Gen X outside of my job (so I'm ovbs dealing with highly techy GenX), but within my software dev job I feel like an idiot even though I grew up on a computer. They discuss spending their teens coding vector graphics on Apple IIs, I kinda played around with C++. They tell me the motivation was that back then things were so simple you could genuinely create new video games about as good as professional companies with the time and effort. To basically use a computer was more difficult too: figuring out what combination of drivers and dependencies needed to get things working. Hell, some of the retro computers booted into a BASIC shell where you had to sort of learn code to do anything. Now, things are so complex and so easy to use, there's less motivation.This can be extended to Gen Z and technology. Being the "digital natives" means they are already surrounded by these layers of complexity and lack of deeper understanding and will feel the pressure to stack onto such complexity most likely needlessly because thats the world they have been nurtured into. It of course wont look like that trough mobile app esque interfaces even in our holy desktops and hyper friendly UI, but beneath the surface its going to a shitshow worthy of the definition of ya modern soydev. The advancement of their times i feel will look grand and frequent, but its all just going to be the same cake with ever more layers of frosting
I think that drives a lot of the difficulty with the newest generation. One skill of software dev is Figuring Shit Out. It's googling and trying random stuff until it works. I cut my teeth on pirating, modding Morrowind/Oblivion, The Sims, cracking my Wii. It was made easy, sure, but I had motivation and reason to break things and get myself out of tech fuckery and it's given me the basics for that skill. Where does Gen Z have the opportunity to break stuff and Figure Shit Out? Tech is *too* easy, too sanitized.
Maybe with AI they'll have the opportunity to play around with it and break it. AI hackers have the greatest chance to be the visionaries of Gen Z.
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