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What is Generation MZ?

Today, We'll talk about the term "Generation MZ," which is one of the most used new terms in Korean today.

As the world progresses, new generations are born with different ideologies, values, and ways of life. The so-called "MZ generation" is one such generation that has been born into a more technologically advanced era and has different ways of thinking and communicating than those before it. This post will explore some of the defining characteristics of the MZ generation.

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Who is generation MZ?

"Generation MZ" was created by combining the words "Millennials" in their 20s and 30s, as well as "Gen Z" in their teens. In other words, "Gen MZ" refers to individuals in their teens to early 40s, who are distinct from the previous generation.

MZ generation = Millennials (born in 1981~1996) + Gen Z (born in 1997~2012)

In Korea, the generations Millennials and Gen Z have many similarities, therefore "MZ generation" (in Korean, MZ sedae) is frequently used to describe both of them.

Generation MZ is a combination of M for millennials and Z for Generation Z in South Korea. According to the Korea Statistical Office, this MZ generation is about 17 million people as of 2019, accounting for about 34% of the domestic population. 

the pie graph showing that 34% of the Korean population 2019 is Generation MZ

What is a person who is a millennial?

As people born in the 1980s and '90s are now in their 20s and 30s, a new term has been coined to refer to this demographic: "Generation M." "Gen M" stands for "millennials," or those born between 1981 and 1996. This generation is also sometimes referred to as "Generation Y," but the term "Millennials" is more commonly used in Korea.

What mean Gen Z?

Generation Z, also known as Gen Z, is the generation that follows Millennials. They are generally those who were born in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Some argue that "Gen Z" refers to persons born on or between 1996 and 2012. Gen Zers are digital natives who were raised in an era of technology and are more self-reliant than previous generations.


7 characteristics of Generation MZ

1. Digital Natives

They're called the "digital natives" because they are the first generation to grow up in a digital world, with access to technologies such as personal computers, the Internet, and mobile phones. They have a high college acceptance rate and a strong IT background. The term "Digital natives" refers to people who grew up in a digital world.

2. Individualist

The MZ generation is said to be more individualistic than previous generations. In traditional Korean society, individuals were expected to conform to group norms and respect elders. However, members of the MZ generation are more likely to question authority and express their own opinions.

3. Open-minded

In addition, the MZ generation is regarded as more open-minded than preceding ones. People in traditional Korean society were expected to adhere to stringent social norms. Members of the MZ generation, on the other hand, are more inclined to accept individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

4. Positive Force

Gen MZ is often considered to be a positive force in South Korean society. They are seen as creative and innovative, and they are often credited with helping to drive economic growth. However, some people view them as being selfish and entitled.

5. Adaptable

The MZ generation is considered to be more adaptable than preceding ones. In traditional Korean culture, individuals were expected to stick to one vocation for the rest of their lives. Members of the MZ generation, on the other hand, are more likely to change jobs or start new enterprises. This generation also refers to people who can readily adjust to change due to their extensive IT knowledge.

6. Globalized

Generation MZ is also considered to be more cosmopolitan than past ones. People in traditional Korean society were expected to reside in their home towns and marry someone of the same background. Members of the MZ generation, on the other hand, are increasingly likely to travel and study abroad, as well as cross national borders and marry outside their own culture.

7. Eco-friendliness

Generation MZ, in particular, is concerned with a clean environment and available resources for the next generation. Generation MZ tries to convey their consciousness by purchasing items that minimize waste and promote conservation. Gen MZ's culture has included actively sharing what they believe is important and valuable with others while also expressing their own identity.

A woman curious about the meaning of the MZ generation is shrugging her shoulders.

Generation MZ = Millennials + Gen Z

Generation MZ is a term used to describe the millennials and Generation Zers in South Korea. This generation has been described as being individualistic, open-minded, positive, adaptable, globalized, and eco-friendly. They are frequently acknowledged for assisting in accelerating economic development and social change in South Korea.

As a result of this, the MZ generation goes beyond just being a trend and opens up new areas for economic and cultural activities while also increasing their clout. It may be seen as both the start of a new era as well as the inspiration for various fads and trends. Korea is currently enthralled with the MZ generation.


In this post, we have looked at some of the key characteristics that define this generation. What do you think sets Gen MZ apart from previous ones? So, what do you think of when you hear the term "Generation MZ?" Do you identify with this generation?


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Yang Junghwa

I love Korea, kittens, kindness, kimchi, and knowledge. I am the Earth and life wanderer who was born in Seoul, South Korea. I wanted to be the Wonder Woman, but now be a quite similar Wander Woman, anyway :) There is a birth myth about me. I was the wonder baby, surprised the whole maternity hospital by drinking up a full big bottle of milk within hours of being born. King Kool!

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