Depending on which website you go to, I fall either in the latter half of Generation X or the beginning of the Millennials. For most of my life, I didn’t pay much attention to generation gaps and chalked it up to each generation slowly evolving into a more technologically advanced and progressive group than the last.
However, it is becoming clear that there is a significant difference between those of us who fall within the Baby Boomer through Millennial group and the next generation of young adults – the dreaded Generation Z.
To be fair to them, ragging on society’s younger generation is as old as Plato and a rite of passage. Still, something isn’t quite right with these whippersnappers.
From a drastic decrease in patriotism to a drastic increase in mental health disorders, younger adults are a sad lot in our society. This is not good for those who follow him and the country at large. I would venture to argue that the Gen Z state may be the most significant existential threat to our nation.
% of Americans who say they are proud to live in the United States, by generation
Gen x: 54%
Gen z: 16%
– Morning consultation
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) January 9, 2023
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No pride, no faith
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A study by Morning Consult has published some alarming statistics about patriotism in America. Of all Americans across generations, only 52% are proud to live in the United States.
That’s bad enough, but it gets worse as you get younger.
A. The following is a breakout of generations proud to live in the US:
- 73% are Baby Boomers (ages 58 – 76)
- 54% of Gen X (ages 42 – 57)
- 36% are Millennials (ages 26 – 41)
- 16% of Gen Z adults (18 – 25)
The gap between Baby Boomers and Gen Z is huge. The study found that Gen Z adults trust the government significantly more than Baby Boomers, with the following breakout:
- Trust in the US government
- 49% Baby Boomers / 38% Gen Z Adults
- Trust Congress
- 43% Baby Boomers / 37% Gen Z Adults
- Faith in 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 your bottom dollar that “trust in government” doesn’t mean the same to Gen Z as it does to you. For them, it means the government doesn’t give enough free goodies and needs even more power.
So what does all this mean for the nation? A tuned-out and uninspired workforce.
Gen Z is a bunch of lazy whiners.
But here is the good news.
If you’re Gen Z, you’re tough and hard-working.
You are assured of great success.
Competition has never been weaker.
– Keem 🍿 (@KEEMSTAR) January 12, 2023
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The ripple effect
Last year, the United States military, across the board, fell short of recruitment goals, causing many to question the concept of an all-volunteer force. For example, the Army reduced its recruitment targets by 25%.
Many within the Defense Department have argued that the reasons for the low recruitment rates range from the job market to the Covid pandemic, the latter of which is a convenient fall guy for all government shortcomings. Still, a lot of us on the right think maybe part of the problem has to do with the growing ideological pandering in the military.
Any way you slice it, with only 16% of the target audience for military recruitment proud to live in the United States, it’s no wonder recruitment is so low.
Why would you be motivated to dedicate anywhere from 4 to 20 years of your life to protect and defend a country you have no pride or faith in?
The comments to this guys post are embarrassing. A true sign of the times. 🤦🏻♀️
Gen Z and Young Millennials accuse all military recruiters of predatory behavior rather than a viable career option for students who cannot or do not qualify academically for college. https://t.co/ewjB9vAzFj
— Christina Crenshaw, PhD (@CrenshawPhD) August 26, 2022
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A distorted view
In 2020, Morning Consult conducted another study that focused solely on Gen Z’s view of world events. Surprisingly and unfortunately for Generation Z, they found that the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement were the most influential events in their lives.
It got me thinking about what two events I consider most influential in my lifetime: the 9/11 attacks and the rise of racist ideology in American institutions. A 2020 study found that 82% of Generation Z adults believe racism is a significant problem in our country.
Perhaps most interesting is that 74% believe their generation is less racist than older generations, which is mind-boggling since younger generations seem to be more obsessed with race than my generation. Overall the study found that 81% of adult Gen Z Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.
I think that’s one thing we can all agree on over the generations; We have differences in the right direction. So how come Gen Z has such a distinctly distorted view of reality than the rest of us?
It’s scary to see how Gen Z and millennials feel about the government’s role and lack of support for this great president.
I really worry that future generations will hate America! pic.twitter.com/nLJvxiSznj
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) September 28, 2020
A national crisis
Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt wrote an interesting op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about what seems to be plaguing this generation of young adults.
He explains that there is:
“… There has never been a generation more depressed, anxious and vulnerable than this.”
In 2020, about 25% of female adolescents are estimated to suffer from “major depression”, compared to 9% of male adolescents. Those numbers are crazy high; How could these little children, with their entire lives ahead of them and unprecedented abundance, be sad?
It is important to understand recent history to chart how this enormous wet blanket of misery has enveloped Gen Z. This is the generation that grew up with social media like Instagram from its inception, as well as the generation that experienced perhaps the most significant impact. COVID Shutdowns.
Social media has disenfranchised this generation, as Mr Haidt explains:
“…general hardening, general strengthening, general anti-weakening.”
And what caused this? Sacrifice worship.
Highly recommended for anyone who wants to understand why so many people don’t get it these days: Coddling the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt pic.twitter.com/SEKRNHc1ZX
— highfreakwhensee (@highfreakwinsee) May 7, 2022
Hostage by ‘victims’
The rise of social media and the lack of living in the real world, says Mr Haidt, “validates the victim”. It is this competition with the younger generation that is more wounded and broken than any other group or individual, leading to demands for accommodation.
Our world needs new leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs.
We don’t need a victimhood mentality.
We need a victory mentality. We’ve come a long way since being invited to the White House to help lead Gen Z to a new tomorrow.
We will not stop.#Black Democrat pic.twitter.com/TlsnzQ4Nxi
– Michael Crump 🇺🇸 (@TheMikelCrump) June 21, 2019
Mr. Haidt points out that in the world of higher learning, when this generation showed up on campus, their reaction was idiosyncratic, to say the least:
“Here they are in one of the safest, most welcoming, most inclusive, most anti-racist places on the planet, but many of them are acting like they’ve entered some kind of dystopian, threatening, immoral world.”
These difficult college kids grew up to be nightmares for managers in the real world, who found it impossible to supervise and provide feedback to this permanently injured and resentful group of employees. This is more than the general frustration of the older generations who are disappointed in the radical new ideas of the younger generation.
The younger generation is yet to develop any new ideas. The younger generation is so weakened by their cult of negativity that they cannot take risks that lead to innovation and new ideas.
If we don’t find a way to bring these Debbie Downers to reality and get away from their screen fascination and sadistic addiction, this country will be led and run by Americans who are, at best, apathetic and, at worst, hateful.
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