Depending on which website you visit, I’m either in the second half of Gen X or the early millennials. For most of my life, I didn’t pay much attention to the generation gap, but instead attributed it to each generation slowly evolving into a more technologically advanced and progressive group than the previous generation.
However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that there is a stark difference between those of us who belong to the Baby Boomers to Millennials generation and the next generation of young adults—the dreaded Generation Z.
To be fair, insulting the youngest generations of society is as old as Plato and a rite of passage. Still, there’s something amiss with these whippersnappers.
From a dramatic decrease in patriotism to a dramatic increase in mental health disorders, the youngest adults in our society are a sad group. It doesn’t bode well for those who come after them and for the country as a whole. I would argue so boldly that the state of Gen Z is quite possibly the greatest existential threat to our nation.
Percentage of Americans who say they are proud to live in the United States, by generation
Baby Boomers: 73%
Generation x: 54%
Gen Z: 16%
– morning consultation
— Ian Bremmer (@ianbremmer) January 9, 2023
Without pride, there is no trust
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A study conducted by Morning Consult released some startling statistics on American patriotism. Only 52% of all Americans across generations proud of life In the U.S.
It’s bad enough, but the younger you are, the worse it gets.
Breakthroughs for generations proud to live in America are as follows:
- 73% Baby Boomers (ages 58-76)
- 54% of Gen X (ages 42-57)
- 36% of Millennials (ages 26-41)
- 16% of Gen Z adults (18 – 25)
The gap between Baby Boomers and Gen Z is huge. The study also found that, compared to Baby Boomers, Gen Z adults had significantly less trust in government than the following breakthroughs:
- trust the american government
- 49% Baby Boomers/38% Gen Z adults
- Trust Congress
- 43% Baby Boomers/37% Gen Z adults
- Trust the Supreme Court
- 54% Baby Boomers/39% Gen Z adults
- trust in the electoral process
- 59% Baby Boomers/37% Gen Z adults
Might seem confusing, right? But you can bet that “trust in government” means different things to Gen Z than you. To them, it more likely means that the government is not providing enough free goods and that more power is needed.
So what does all this mean for the country? A tuned-in and uninspired workforce.
Generation Z are a bunch of lazy crybabys.
But here’s the good news.
If you’re Gen Z, you work hard.
You are bound to achieve great success.
Competition has never been weaker.
— KEEM 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) January 12, 2023
Last year, the U.S. military fell far short of its recruitment goals across the board, leading many to question the concept of an all-volunteer army.For example, the army fell short 25% of its hiring target.
Many within the Department of Defense believe that the reasons for the low hiring rate include the job market and the COVID pandemic, which has become a convenient scapegoat for all government shortcomings. Still, many of us on the right have a vague sense that part of the problem may have to do with the increasingly sober embrace of ideology in the military.
No matter how you slice it, it’s no surprise that only 16 percent of the military recruiting target audience is proud to live in the United States.
Why would you be motivated to dedicate 4 to 20 years of your life to protecting and defending a country you are not proud of or trust?
The comments on this guy’s post are really embarrassing. A true sign of the times. 🤦🏻♀️
Gen Z and young millennials accuse all military recruiting of being predatory rather than providing viable career options for students who cannot afford or are academically ineligible to attend college. https://t.co/ewjB9vAzFj
— Christina Crenshaw, PhD (@CrenshawPhD) August 26, 2022
In 2020, Morning Consult is conducted again Learn Focus only on what Gen Z thinks about world events. They found that, unsurprisingly and unfortunately, for Gen Z, the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement were the most impactful events in their lives.
This got me thinking about two things that I believe have had the greatest impact on my life: the 9/11 attacks and the rise of racial ideology in American institutions. A 2020 study found that 82% of Gen Z adults believe racism is a significant problem in our country.
Perhaps most interestingly, 74% think their generation is less racist than our older generation, which is unbelievable because younger generations seem to be more obsessed with race issues than our generation is. Overall, the study found that 81 percent of Gen Z adults believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.
I think that’s one thing that we can all agree on across generations; we disagree on the right direction. So why do Gen Zers have a significantly distorted view of reality compared to the rest of us?
It’s frightening to see what Gen Z and millennials think about the role of government and the lack of support for this great president.
I’m really worried that the next generation will hate America! pic.twitter.com/nLJvxiSznj
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) September 28, 2020
Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt wrote an interesting column in the Wall Street Journal on what seems to be plaguing this generation of young people.
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“…never has a generation been so depressed, anxious and vulnerable.”
In 2020, an estimated 25 percent of female adolescents had “major depressive disorder,” compared with 9 percent of male adolescents. These numbers are ridiculously high; how could these young children, whose whole lives were waiting for them, whose lives had never been more prosperous, be so sad?
It’s important to understand recent history to paint a picture of how this overwhelmingly soggy blanket of sadness has fallen over Generation Z. This is the generation that grew up on social media like Instagram from the beginning, plus the generation that will probably feel the most significant impact of the COVID shutdown.
As Mr Haight explains, social media deprives this generation of:
“… normal toughening, normal strengthening, normal anti-fragility.”
What did this lead to? Cult of the victim.
Highly recommended for anyone who wants to understand why so many people don’t make sense right now: The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukyanov and Jonathan Hyatt pic.twitter.com/SEKRNHc1ZX
— higherfreakwhensee (@highfreakwinsee) May 7, 2022
Taken hostage by “victim”
The rise of social media and the lack of real-world living has led to what Mr Haight calls “the valorization of victims”. Rivalry with the younger generation hurts and breaks more than any other group or individual, which leads to the need for accommodation.
Our world needs new leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs…
We don’t need a victim mentality.
We need a winning mentality. Since being invited to the White House, we’ve come a long way to help lead Gen Z into a new tomorrow.
– Mikel Crump 🇺🇸 (@TheMikelCrump) June 21, 2019
Mr. Haight made this point in the higher education community, initially, when this generation showed up on campus, and their reaction was odd to say the least:
“They’re in the safest, most welcoming, inclusive, anti-racist place on earth, yet many of them act like they’ve entered some kind of dystopian, threatening and immoral world.”
These difficult college students became a real-world nightmare for managers who found monitoring and feedback impossible to this permanently wounded and offended group of employees. This is not just the usual frustration of older generations being disappointed by radical new ideas of younger generations.
The younger generation has yet to generate any new ideas. The younger generation is so weakened by their passive adoration that they cannot take the risks that lead to innovation and new ideas.
If we can’t find a way to bring these Debbie Downers to life, free from the allure of the screen and the addiction to grief, then this country will be led and run by Americans who are at best apathetic and at worst , hate it.
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