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In Conversation With Vivek Pandit: We are Generation Z

Ambitious, passionate, visionary –  These are just a few words that describe the young author, Vivek Pandit. Breaking away from the stereotypical high school senior, Pandit has written a revolutionary book that attempts to shatter the generalizations that shroud the true characteristics of  Generation Z (individuals born from 1996 to 2010)!

Everyone has a starting point, and for Vivek, it was his journal. Having always enjoyed expressing his ideas in writing, he began to transcribe his thoughts, observations, and opinions about his peers as early as freshmen year of high school; eventually, he compiled his findings and translated them into an analysis of Generation Z. Now, join us, as we delve deeper into Vivek’s discoveries!

On Generation Z – Positives and Negatives

As for the positive aspects of Generation Z, Vivek says that they are very connected with one another, and more entrepreneurial as well. Technology lets us collaborate with each other to work together towards the common goal of taking our lives into our own hands, and eventually becoming our own bosses. However, we are also known for our sense of entitlement. We walk around as if we are entitled to success, and end up blaming other factors when we do fail. According to Vivek, competition is a major factor in making us think this way. This proposition sounds a bit contradictory, as it seems like competition would bring our egos down a notch as we subject ourselves to rather ridiculous comparisons. However, Vivek cites the trend of how members of Generation Z oftentimes solely compete with the intent of winning, and when they don’t succeed, many end up blaming their failure on external factors, not themselves.

On Competition –

Many of us can relate to getting stuck in extremely unhealthy and stressful competition within our school system. Vivek discusses how we try to sabotage others in order to come out on top, and by doing so, we end up sacrificing on the countless opportunities that are available to explore our innate curiosity. The competition ingrained in most public and private schools end up harming our generation, creating a generation of manipulative, success-seeking robots, rather than shaping us to be better, more creative human beings. We end up striving for success instead of striving for the sole reason of gaining knowledge, which takes us away from our intrinsic motivation, which is one of the major causes of the recent spike in depression among young students.

On Passion and Pleasing People –

“The best indicator of success is grit”. Here Vivek quotes Angela Duckworth and describes grit as passion and persistence. Passion plays a big role when we analyze our level of success, and ultimately very important to find in what you chose to do. Furthermore, we should pursue something as a passion because we love to do it, not because we want to impress others- “you can fit in but still keep your uniqueness”. His logic lies in the theory that we start to do things for acceptance, we get stressed out and turn things into a competition.

On Social Media –

Vivek also touched on the point of how social media has had a large impact on the younger generation’s lives, and the recent obsession of people constantly on social media websites. The obsessions has gotten so worse, as Vivek discusses, that there are even new medical terms that have come out to describe the obsession. It would be an understatement to say that people are constantly on their phones.  It’s become a problem because people are unable to cultivate better face-to-face interaction skills, as most people now try and avoid it as much as they can. Furthermore, with the advent of our use of emoji’s, there’s a considerable decrease in the youth’s desire to use words at all, much less follow basic grammar rules. Another huge problem that Vivek touched upon was how one’s online personality can (and often is) drastically different than how the person is in real life, however people still fall into the trap of judging others based on their online personalities. He relates how easy it is to base someone’s personality solely on how they act online, and he points out how dangerous it can be to fall into such a trap, as someone can seem friendly online but a parasite in real life. That being said, Vivek believes that social media has also had many positive influences on our lives, such as connecting more people from around the world, as well as making us become more digitally savvy and innovative.

Final thoughts – 

When asked about future plans, Vivek stated that his main goal is to speak out and educate as many people as possible. Whether he accomplishes his goal through writing a new book, coming out with a new perspective, or maybe even hosting a talk show, he will never forget what he has learned from all the research that went into this book.

Vivek ended the interview by humbly crediting his father, who helped Vivek realize that he has a unique perspective on a controversial subject and encouraged him to pursue the topic and share it with the world, his mother, who always kept him motivated and focused on following through on his goals and dreams, and his sister, who served as his confidant and stress reliever. He stated that he would be forever grateful and appreciative of all that his family and friends did to help him pursue his passion. Each of their individual stories impacted him in one way or the other.

He tells us that he’s doing what he truly wants, and is just going with the flow. This is a piece of advice that I will surely apply as well!

This interview has taught me a lot, but what really hit home was to look beyond the path society has forged for you, and to see where life takes you. Our team at Bezzant Magazine wishes you the best at Brown University and in all of your future endeavors!  We will be looking out for your next project! Good luck!

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