For all the wrong reasons, a teenage girl who goes by the web moniker “Adelyn Hosehbo” is currently trending right at the top of Google Search in Singapore.
Adelyn , the Gen Z Ah Lian, hit the limelight on Tuesday after boasting on Facebook about slapping her mother for nagging at her, prompting an outpouring of condemnation on sites like Twitter and Facebook. Many irate Singaporean tweeters have been calling on the girl to apologise to her mother.
Adelyn epitomizes the worst of the Gen Z, the generation born into a world where the Internet already existed.
Generation Z (also known as Generation M, the Net Generation, or the Internet Generation) is a common name for the group of people born from the mid 1990s and early 2000s through to the present. Generation Z is highly connected, as many of this generation have had lifelong use of communications and media technologies such as the World Wide Web, instant messaging, text messaging, MP3 players, mobile phones and YouTube, earning them the nickname “digital natives”.
No longer limited to the home computer, the Internet is now increasingly carried in their pockets on mobile Internet devices such as mobile phones. A marked difference between Generation Y and Generation Z is that members of the former remember life before the takeoff of mass technology, while the latter have been born completely within it. This generation has also been born completely into an era of postmodernism and globalization. Generation Z are known for sharing thoughts and observations on a variety of media, topics and products.
Other Gen Z came out in support ofAdelyn’s actions; it seems that slapping your own mum is something to be proud of to these kids, with some even boasting to have done the same. I guess filial piety is no longer a word in the dictionary of such Gen Z teenagers.
Adelyn, if happen to read this, go up to your mum and sincerely apologise to her. And hug her while you are doing that!