20 Things Gen Z Do That We Just Don’t Understand

The generational divide has always been a source of intrigue and bewilderment. Now many people can’t help but scratch their heads at some things that light up the younger generation. So, what’s trendy for one generation may not make sense to another!

One Redditor asked, “What is something that young people love that you don’t understand?”

Thousands of users commented on this post, but we have compiled the ultimate head-scratchers for you!

1. Filming Yourself Crying

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One user wrote, “Yeah, I saw one the other day of a girl holding her pet snake that died, and she’s crying like she just discovered it. Like, she found her dead snake, set up a tripod with her camera/phone, and then got the angle right, recorded herself crying with the dead snake, then edited it with captions about her dead snake and put sad music over it. It’s kind of gross when you think about it. She’s looking for sympathy, and in reality, if you’re doing all that stuff, the snake obviously is less important than your likes on social media.”

Another explained, “All attention-seeking wh***s are traumatized kids who got older but didn’t heal.”

We’re living in the age of oversharing. People love to bare it all on social media, and that includes their tear-filled moments. So, it’s possible that they’re looking for that sweet empathy and support from their followers. It’s like saying, “Hey, world, we are feeling down, and we need your virtual hugs!”

2. Pranks!

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“All these silly prank videos on people in public.”

“The main reason I don’t like prank videos is that consent is removed from the person getting pranked, especially when the prank is harmful or mean to the victim. It’s bullying. Guess all that anti-bullying talk in schools didn’t do much good. bah.”

Pranks have the potential to upset the person being pranked. What may seem like harmless fun to one person can be deeply hurtful to another. So, it’s important to avoid crossing boundaries that may cause unnecessary distress.

3. Public Dancing

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Imagine this: you’re strolling down the street, minding your own business, and suddenly, you come across a group of teens busting out their best dance moves right there on the sidewalk! This can be like a flash mob, street dance, or a cover of a song in public.

Someone said, “I’ve managed to never see till tok dancing in public, but I would have a hard time not standing in the shot looking like an id**t or something. At least if it were in a grocery store or something similar.”

Another user shared their experience witnessing a public dance group: “There were once several girls blocking a pedestrian bridge (with dancing). I, and several people, needed to cross. This is the UK, where some people are kind of paralyzed with awkwardness or politeness in situations like this.

It took a guy in a grey suit and a briefcase looking at his watch, huffing an annoyed sigh, and breaking the d**n. Once he started briskly walking, all of us did. It was a beautiful wave of frustrated, awkward people that just needed to be somewhere. They did have the audacity to be irritated by us ruining the shot, I’m too socially awkward to confront them, but some of the people I was with did yell at them for being in the way.”

4. TikTok

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TikTok is all about the trends, challenges, and viral crazes that spread like wildfire.

Someone wrote, “Bruh, I went to NYC a year ago and was listening to an audio tour on Liberty Island, just taking in the scenery and history. I got to the outside portion, and aaaaaaall along the walkway was just a longa** row of people doing TikToks. Some even had a tripod for their phones. That’s when it hit me: “I guess 27 is ‘old’ now cause I don’t get ANY of this!”

Another replied, “I feel like a fre*k for seeing many TikTok videos and feeling second-hand embarrassment for the filming and posting part of things. I also feel second-hand embarrassment watching people lip-sync to songs while the captions tell a completely unrelated story, usually about how they were wronged or abused by someone else. I just…I don’t get it.”

Do you think  TikTok is just about mindless scrolling and entertainment?

5. AI Voiceovers

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AI voiceovers can be a bit of a hit-or-miss, don’t you think? Sure, technology has come a long way, but sometimes those computer-generated voices just don’t hit the mark.

A user wrote, “That annoying robotic female voice over all the TikTok videos.”

Another commented, “I’m watching a video. Either narrate it yourself, put captions, or let the video speak for itself. That same d**n robot voice over and over drives me nuts.”

6. Social Media


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Social media has this sneaky way of sucking us in and stealing our precious time. We find ourselves mindlessly swiping, scrolling, and hours have passed before we know it. It’s like falling into a never-ending rabbit hole of distractions and cat videos.

Someone said, “Social media in general. I hate the modern internet. It was the best in 2007 or thereabouts before every id**t used it and created a whole worldwide problem with it.”

Another added, “The unending need to share everything on social media, including their meals, their children, their partners, everything.”

7. Haircuts

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“Those d**b looking broccoli/ramen haircuts all the silly boys are wearing now. And the ironic pedo staches and mullets. It’s a weird time to be a young guy; this stuff won’t age well, lol.”

“This. There’s volume, and then there’s looking like a mushroom is growing out of your head.”

Some might argue that these so-called “bad” haircuts are a form of self-expression or rebellion against traditional beauty standards. What do you think?

8. Andrew Tate

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Misogyny is an unfortunate reality that persists in our society. It’s like a dark cloud hanging over the progress we’ve made towards gender equality. Misogyny, simply put, is the deep-rooted prejudice, discrimination, and contempt towards women, and Andrew Tate seems to be a symbol for it!

“The Andrew Tate style of misogynistic alpha male beliefs that so many young men seem to buy into. I guess I kind of get how they’re susceptible to that sort of stuff, but the ideology doesn’t really make much sense.”

“I don’t get why these boys can’t easily see that girls are overwhelmingly more into guys like Timothee Chalamet and Tom Holland and not whatever Tate is. Seems like getting hair care advice from Jeff Bezos.”

“It’s an almost cosmic irony that young men adopt his mindset, singlehandedly removing themselves from the dating pool and making it much easier for real men to find a partner.

It’s shocking how stupid you have to be not to realize Tate knows nothing about women and isn’t even good with them. He’s attractive (apparently) and was very minorly famous… So he can easily get some one-night stands. But beyond that, he’ll never actually hold a relationship because he’s utterly repulsive to a vast majority of women.”

9. Video Games Cosmetics

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Someone said, “Cosmetic stuff in video games, some of it is kind of cool, but I don’t understand the amount of value people put on it. Edit: Just a clarification I’m not for or against cosmetics earned or paid for. I was just surprised when I learned how serious it is to some people.”

A user commented, “Agreed. Jedi Survivor just came out, and there is a deluxe edition for $20 extra bucks. All it is are 2 outfits and 2 weapon skins. Completely cosmetic.”

Let’s be real here; most cosmetics are just pixels on a screen. And the prices? Don’t even get us started. How much some people are willing to spend on a virtual outfit or a cosmetic upgrade is mind-boggling. Or do you think otherwise?

10. Being Absurd Is the New Cool!

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One teacher commented, “As a teacher, I get enormously annoyed by the idea that it seems cool to be stupid for a significant amount of teens. Like being actually proud of lacking or pretending to lack basic knowledge or primary skills. Over the last 2 weeks, I had a 14 y old pretending not to know who the figure of Christ was, a kid claiming not to know how to use a ruler, and one who claimed to never have used scissors…”

Another agreed: “Yes. My students love to brag that they’ve never read a full book…like it’s something to be proud of at 16-18 years old.”

But here’s the thing, being dumb or uninformed isn’t something to brag about. It’s like denying yourself the opportunity to learn and grow. We live in a world that’s constantly changing and evolving, and staying in the dark will not do you any favors.

11. Mental Illness

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Let’s be clear: mental illnesses are real and can significantly impact a person’s well-being. However, using mental illnesses as a blanket excuse for one’s actions or lack of accountability is problematic.

A Redditor said, “Declaring everything is a result of a mental illness. Sometimes people are just a**holes.”

Someone else replied, “Or using a psych diagnosis as an excuse for their behavior. It’s not an excuse. A diagnosis explains the behavior and should be used as a tool to effect change.”

12. ASMR

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A person commented, “ASMR mouth sounds.”

Someone else talked about their disliking of ASMR: “For some reason, it makes me extremely angry.”

Another shared their experience: “I have a misophonia, and my partner loves ASMR. One night last week, when we went to sleep, my Bluetooth headphones connected to his phone, and there was this woman whispering in my ear. It sounded… moist. I hated it and went to sleep very irritated.”

13. Prime Energy Drink

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A user wrote, “I’m a teacher, just for context. One of my students (14 years old) absolutely lost his mind when I threw away the Prime bottle he had left in my class the day before. You’d have thought I threw out his iPhone the way he reacted. For goodness sake, kid. It was a half-empty Gatorade knockoff. It isn’t that big of a deal.”

Another added, “This. Annoys me; my kid asks for a Prime because the store has the new lemonade flavor. He takes a sip and says it’s delicious. I take a sip, and it tastes like trash. Lemonade Prime is still in my fridge because I picked up the full bottle from that garage floor and put it in the fridge to keep it cold. He didn’t like it, or he would have drank it all. I guess targeted advertising is different than it was back in the day seeing McDonald’s on the morning cartoons; now it’s a YouTuber forcing drinks down their throats.”

Someone else said, “I saw a shop 2 days ago selling framed pictures (digital drawings made to look like paintings) of the Prime cans. Just the cans. They were selling framed paintings. Of a drink can. What?”

The prime drink is personal! It varies from person to person, depending on your taste preferences and the occasion. Do you think it’s worth the hype?

14. Snapchat

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Snapchat is about sending pictures and videos that vanish into thin air after a few seconds. It’s like a digital game of hide-and-seek, but instead of seeking something meaningful, you’re just left with a glimpse of someone’s lunch!

A parent wrote, “The Snapchat streaks are so weird to me. Our 14-year-old will just send random emoji or pics just to keep their streak up, not like actually having conversations. I do not understand.”

Another simply said, “It’s a trap.”

15. Loud Music

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We all love jamming out to our favorite tunes, but when it comes to blasting music in public, adults don’t seem to understand why many young people do it!

A user said, “Listening to the music on a mobile speaker while walking around the street or traveling via public transportation.”

Another agreed, “I came here to say exactly this. I don’t get why people do that or think that it is okay. And the sound quality is so much better with headphones too. It’s like their thinking is, “I want to listen now to cr*ppy stuff in bad quality and make sure that everyone around me gets notified about how cr*ppy my taste is.” My old middle-aged sour and bitter self just finds it incomprehensible.”

16. Vaping

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A user said, “My complaint is that it’s now really hard to find low-nicotine vape liquid. When I started vaping, they were DESIGNED for quitting. You could taper off easily. Now I can’t even find anything less than 5% nicotine, which is WAY more than cigarettes.”

Another added, “I am so grateful that I’m allergic to nicotine. It keeps me from ever attempting to get hooked on that stuff.”

So, before you jump on the vaping bandwagon, take a moment to consider the potential downsides. Maybe it’s worth exploring other ways to have fun that don’t involve inhaling mystery vapor! Your lungs and your wallet will thank you in the long run.

17. Influencers

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Someone said, “Social media celebrities.”

With their seemingly perfect lives and flawless appearances, influencers can make others feel they’re not living up to some unattainable standard. It’s like a constant comparison game that can take a serious toll on people’s self-esteem.

Another elaborated, “Celebrity worship is one of the d*mbest things in society. It’s baffling how anyone thinks being popular or having some sort of talent makes you an infallible God to worship. Most of them are just as flawed and stupid as the rest of society… They just happen to be famous.”

18. Phones

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Let’s talk about people constantly glued to their phones, snapping pictures left and right like there’s no tomorrow. It’s like they’ve turned into these photo-taking machines, capturing every single moment like it’s some art exhibition. I mean, seriously, can’t we live in the moment without the need to document every second of our lives?

A Redditor wrote, “100%. I go to a lot of concerts. I can’t stand seeing all the phones held up. I’m just there to watch and dance and enjoy the moment.”

Another added, “I like taking pictures as much as anyone, but jeez, learn to put the camera down and just enjoy the moment.”

19. Fake Accessories

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Someone said, “Long a** fake nails. How do you even go to the bathroom with those things without hurting yourself? They’re not even attractive. I don’t get it.”

Another replied, “Those & the fake lashes that just look like they’ve glued a spider or fuzzy caterpillar on their face. I like both acrylic nails & think false lashes can look really pretty but in moderate amounts. Not so over the top that it just looks goofy.”

Do you think fake accessories are worth it, or is it just a cheap way of looking trendy?

20. Life Hack Clickbait!

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Now, let’s talk about those life hack click baits that flood our social media feeds. You know, the ones we are talking about, those articles or videos that promise to blow your mind with their super-secret tips and tricks. But let us tell you, most of them are just a bunch of hot air.!

A user wrote, “The videos where they say it’s a “life hack” when it’s just common sense. Aka “try out this crazy life hack for perfectly cut bagels, EVERYTIME!” Proceeds to use a bagel cutter. Like, seriously??? You need someone to tell you that?”

Someone else responded, “Or when the “hack” is needlessly complicated or involved. It’s cool that you found a different way of doing the thing that apparently works for you, but different does not always = easier, and if your method involves me doing more work, then it is not a hack!”

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