If you were born anywhere between 1995 and 2015, then congratulations! You are now a member of the newest generation: our beloved Gen Z or Gen Tech.
According to Genesis 10, you are “independent, flexible, and tech-savvy.” And in the opinion of generationz.com, you are a part of “the most connected, educated and sophisticated generation ever.”
So, if this generation is supposedly so intelligent, outspoken and driven, why does every older generation hate them?
Perhaps it’s because of social media and all of those devil-made devices that suck the life out of you and make you ‘antisocial.’ Or perhaps it’s because you’d rather hang out or text our friends instead of staying at a family reunion where your racist uncle and your judgy aunt are going to be at. Or maybe it’s because you’re not as religious as your parents would like you to be.
Turns out, the answer might be ‘all of the above’ or even ‘none.’
Adults, and especially baby boomers, seem to always hate on the younger generations.
Many adults claim that Gen Z is lazy and gets offended easily and never likes to do things the old-fashioned way–which is, according to them, the only right way.
It seems like they despise every accomplishment a younger person achieves or every time they point out a flaw in the broken systems established by said baby boomers. For example, whenever a teenager calls out an adult for laughing at a racist, sexist or offensive joke, they are immediately called sensitive by the latter and told that “they’ll understand when they grow up,” or that “they can’t even take a harmless joke.”
Their hate can also be seen whenever a youngster tries to make a change in their community; a change that could probably mean altering the way the baby boomers grew up.
Whether it’s increasing the usage of technology into everyday life, or protesting for easier access to abortions or even advocating towards reducing gas emissions that harm our planet through business regulations, this generation is fighting the status quo at every level.
Take the Parkland shooting incident, for example.
After the event, many teens gathered and claimed that the gun regulation laws be changed so no more tragedies like the one that took place at their school happen again.
After being interviewed several times and even confronting officials from the NRA, they got tons of support from young people, but a lot of backlash from older generations who claimed it was their right to own guns despite the harm they’ve caused.
It looks like there are a lot of reasons why everyone seems to hate Gen Z. In fact, there are possibly too many reasons to list. But while many adults stay stubborn about their rules and laws and guns and the ways they want to control everything that happens around them, Gen Z will most likely stay as stubborn as them and continue making a difference in our society.
Gen Z is the future whether we like it or not, and whether that is for good or bad, we’ll have to wait and see, but what is clear is that it is truly changing the ways that many traditional things have been established, and hopefully, we’ll be able to see a better tomorrow because of that.