Each generation brings its unique set of beliefs and values to the table. The millennial generation, born between 1981 and 1996, has been known for its tech-savviness, social activism, and love of avocado toast. Here are some Millenial trends Gen-Z hates.
Will Not Continue
However, as the younger Gen Z generation, born between 1997 and 2012, comes of age, they are setting themselves apart from their predecessors. In a recent online conversation, Gen Zers shared some trends and ideologies that they swear they will not continue.
Glamorizing Mental Illness
Millennials often spoke out about mental health and helped to destigmatize it, but some Gen Zers believe that their predecessors also glamorized it. Many memes and social media posts made light of mental illness, and some individuals even used it as a way to appear “edgy” or unique. However, Gen Zers prioritize taking care of their mental health and do not want to perpetuate harmful stereotypes.
Being Obsessed With Material Possessions
Millennials were often criticized for their obsession with material possessions, such as designer clothing, expensive gadgets, and luxury vacations. However, Gen Zers value experiences over possessions and are more likely to save their money for experiences like travel or cultural events. They also prioritize sustainability and may choose to purchase secondhand items or invest in environmentally friendly products.
Conforming to Social Norms
Millennials were often encouraged to conform to certain social norms, such as getting a college degree, getting married, and having children. However, Gen Zers are more likely to embrace individuality and reject societal expectations. They may choose alternative paths, such as attending a trade school or starting their own business, and are more accepting of diverse lifestyles and family structures.
While Millennials were known for their social activism and passion for politics, some Gen Zers feel that their predecessors were not as engaged as they should have been. They believe that Millennials focus too much on social media and not enough on taking action in the real world. Gen Zers are more likely to engage in activism and take a hands-on approach to promote social change.
Embracing Toxic Masculinity
Toxic masculinity is a term used to describe harmful attitudes and behaviors associated with traditional masculinity, such as aggression, emotional repression, and objectification of women. While Millennials were more aware of toxic masculinity than previous generations, some Gen Zers believe that their predecessors still perpetuated these attitudes. Gen Zers are more likely to challenge gender stereotypes and embrace a more fluid approach to masculinity.
Ignoring Climate Change
Millennials were known for their environmental activism and concern for the planet, but some Gen Zers feel that their predecessors did not do enough to address climate change. They believe that the effects of climate change will have a significant impact on their future and are taking action to combat it. Gen Zers are more likely to support sustainable practices, such as reducing waste, eating less meat, and using public transportation.
Prioritizing Corporate Jobs
Many Millennials pursued corporate jobs and prioritized climbing the corporate ladder. However, some Gen Zers feel that this mindset is not for them. They prioritize meaningful work over high-paying jobs and are more likely to start their own businesses or pursue careers in fields like social work or environmental science. They value passion and purpose over financial gain.
Millennials were often criticized for their “hustle culture,” where they worked long hours to prove their worth. However, Gen Zers prioritize work-life balance and do not want to sacrifice their mental health for the sake of their careers. They are more likely to set boundaries, take breaks when they need them, and prioritize their well-being.
Fast fashion is a term used to describe the mass production of cheap clothing that is designed to be disposable after a few wears. Millennials were known for their love of fast fashion brands like H&M and Forever 21, but Gen Zers are more interested in sustainable and ethical fashion. They are more likely to shop at thrift stores or invest in high-quality, eco-friendly clothing.
Buying Into Consumer Culture
Millennials were often criticized for their love of material possessions, such as designer clothing and expensive gadgets. However, Gen Zers are more likely to reject consumer culture and prioritize sustainability. They are more likely to purchase secondhand items or invest in environmentally friendly products. They value experiences over possessions and are more likely to save their money for travel or cultural events.
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