Gen Z Media Tell All: Hear Directly from Zennials About Trends

October 18, 2021
2 - 3 p.m. ET

Hosted by
Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE)
Polly Hickling

Polly Hickling

Solent University Media Technology Program Course Leader
Holly Van Der Rest

Holly van der Rest

Solent University Student
Ben Forman

Ben Forman

University of Surrey Student
Hunter Wilson

Hunter Wilson

Baylor University Student

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Please note that this session has been rescheduled from its original date to October 18 at 2 p.m. ET. We look forward to seeing you then!

Every generation has its unique characteristics and preferences. Generation Z comprises those born in 1996 and later.

According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, members of Gen Z share several defining characteristics:

– They are the first digital natives

– This is the last American generation predicted to be predominantly White; 52% is White; 25% is Hispanic, 14% is Black and 4% is Asian

– Their financial decisions are typically pragmatic and driven by a desire for security

– Socially, they have been nicknamed “the loneliest generation”

– Politically, they skew progressive and tend to support social issues that are more controversial even among Millennials

Those in this age group are now old enough to be the prime target of concern and interest for marketers and politicians alike, who seek to understand their predilections and use that information to influence decision-making.

Of particular interest to the media and entertainment industry is what types of media Gen Z individuals consume and how they access it. (Hint: college students are not buying TVs for their dorm rooms.) There is no better way to learn these details then to ask members of Gen Z directly (unless, perhaps, you’d prefer to watch a Tik Tok video).

Join moderator Polly Hickling, Course Leader for Media Technology at Southampton’s Solent University, to learn the results of her Gen Z consumption trends research. She shares results from a worldwide survey of SMPTE student chapter members, who were polled about their viewing habits. The session will also feature a panel of Generation Z youth — the very people from whom you want to hear from — so you’ll hear from some of the people driving these very trends.

Learn more about how consumers want to experience events in 2021 and beyond.