Meet Generation Z. They're kind of like millennials, but here's where they're different

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  • Diligent Dave Logan, UT
    Feb. 6, 2019 1:54 p.m.

    'Most educated' is different than 'best educated'. Master degrees are much more common now, because bachelor degrees are closer equivalents to what high school diplomas used to be. Hence, many doctorates are more equivalent to what master degrees used to be.

    With both mom & dad in the work force, junior & his sister, learned less, as much because mom & dad were gone when junior & sister came home from school, & thus were less likely to help them with 'self-discipline' in getting homework done, & done with more parental help.

    Also, with current generations being from smaller families, they don't learn as much from siblings, because there are far fewer siblings (if any) to learn from.

    I saw how much our last 5 children learned so much from our first 4 children. For both children & adults, 'sibling synergy' can be (& in our family is) huge!

    Because tech is higher now, & the young pick it up easier & faster, they are (now) generally more tech savvy (at least some are) than those older than them.

    I'd bet early boomers, & boomers overall, learned more by end of high school than those who followed them. Moms at home make a big difference in getting/keeping kids focused on homework.

  • jeclar2006 Oceanside, CA
    Feb. 5, 2019 1:25 p.m.

    Brave Sir Robin - San Diego, CA
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    Welcome to Earth, Generation Z! We're glad to have you!

    FYI, those of us in Generation X are busily working to keep the Baby Boomers, the Silent Generation, and the G.I. Generation from destroying the rest of the world (the parts they haven't already destroyed) so that you can actually have a planet to live on. Wish us luck!
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    We thought we had made a dent in the 'destroy the rest of the world' program... We protested the Vietnam War, the women among us protested the restraints on women by burning bras, we protested racial inequality, later sexual orientation criminalization.

    What did it get us, other than more than 40 years of conservative backlash.

    It is highly unlikely that I will see what happens in 30 years, but I suspect, many of the youth of today, hopeful of change, will be disappointed with the progress.

    There have been a few changes, but those are in a vary precarious position.

    It is my view that most who are labeled as Conservatives, are really more appropriately labeled Reactionary, that is a conservative with the goal to eliminate any, or roll back, progress, rather than just conserve their own practices for themselves.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Feb. 5, 2019 11:31 a.m.

    @Brave Sir Robin.
    Since i’m not in the silent generation, I’ll speak up.

    Boomers, the Silent Generation and the G.I. generation helped create a country that the vast majority of the world has had as their number 1 destination for immigration for the past 50+ years. Those older Americans are just hoping the younger folks don’t screw it up. Good luck to Gen Xers and youngers.

    @Say No.
    it wasn’t so much the Covington Catholic Boys standing up for truth, as standing up for their right to simply exist and be present in a public place like that near the Lincoln Memorial.

    Sad part is that some of the High Schoolers now wish that they had simply walked away (precisely what the professional demonstrators wanted them to do—to cower and quietly leave).

    Next time these boys and others will be tempted to, and likely will leave rather than continue to offend others by merely existing in a public space.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 5, 2019 10:42 a.m.

    One word: Anxiety.

    That leads to social paralysis, addiction and suicide. They are so tied to the phony reality on social media that they can't possibly stand out. When they are kids standing for truth, like the Covington Catholic boys, they are pilloried for displaying "white privilege."

    Anxiety will be their downfall, or force them into compliance with the narrative.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Feb. 5, 2019 10:30 a.m.

    Welcome to Earth, Generation Z! We're glad to have you!

    FYI, those of us in Generation X are busily working to keep the Baby Boomers, the Silent Generation, and the G.I. Generation from destroying the rest of the world (the parts they haven't already destroyed) so that you can actually have a planet to live on. Wish us luck!

  • Seagull Suz Sandy, UT
    Feb. 5, 2019 2:09 a.m.

    rfrmac - South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 5:50 p.m.
    Questions I have are do they have a better sense of money than the millennials? Are they able to learn more from history and make better decisions from that knowledge? Do they know that there is no free rides? Do they have appreciation for the life they have been given? These are the questions that I would be more interested in the answers.
    __________________________

    ..and also these questions...
    Do they value life?
    How do they handle failure?
    Do they value religion or have a faith in a higher power for direction in life.?
    Views on the Constitution?
    Miliatary service?

  • Chancey Sandy, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 10:10 p.m.

    In my 20's, I was also a liberal, so was Ronald Regan. I believed that by the year 2000, insects would rule the earth, the new ice age would cover North America with glacial ice and we would be Soviets or destroyed by nuclear fallout. I thought that the whole earth would have the population density of New York City. I read all those things in Time Magazine and National Geographic or heard them in school.

  • Rita B Herriman, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 9:14 p.m.

    It's sad that these young people have been convinced by older generations that climate change is a political issue rather than a scientific one.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 7:13 p.m.

    From the looks of some of these posts conservatives (and a good share of the older generation) have little to offer our society than curmudgeonry and tinged with racism and elitism.

  • rfrmac South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 5:50 p.m.

    Questions I have are do they have a better sense of money than the millennials? Are they able to learn more from history and make better decisions from that knowledge? Do they know that there is no free rides? Do they have appreciation for the life they have been given? These are the questions that I would be more interested in the answers.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 5:43 p.m.

    @furymouse
    Providing for someone else takes on many forms. Like putting a spouse through school. Or living in with grandma and being responsible for her meals and her bath. Or children. Or maybe a disabled sibling.

    You grow up fast when someone else depends on you.

  • Californian Santa Ana, CA
    Feb. 4, 2019 5:33 p.m.

    It would be interesting to ask Generation Z the same questions 30 years from now after they have observed the workplace, paid taxes, had life/death experiences. Priorities and perspective often change over time. I'll bet that views on what government should do with its ability to tax or the tax money collected would change once their paychecks start disappearing into social programs for others.

  • jeclar2006 Oceanside, CA
    Feb. 4, 2019 4:47 p.m.

    Editorial Notes - At Home In, UT
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    Looks like the costs of the progressive education system has been worth every penny... to the progressives.
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    What always amazes me about statements like this, is that they are completely useless in explaining how it was, in the 1960s a large segment of the young people broke from all the training they received in the schools devoid of lefts, communists, or other political or social malcontents.

    And what are the hated Progressive goals, equality for all, social support for those in need, diplomacy than war. Are these not valuable for the society and the world?

    We have had a dose of the mean isolationism of Trump and Co., the penny pinching in regard to social programs of the so called Freedom Caucus, and many other negative goals, by conservatives.

    One reason the Millennials and the Gen Z group may see government as a problem solver, is because the problems are bigger than a home town community, they are world wide, and all nations have an effect, for better or worse.

  • furymouse Draper, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 4:35 p.m.

    @screenname
    So you agree that only parents understand life? That seems rather myopic. What about all the people that are or were unable to have children? Do they not understand life?

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Feb. 4, 2019 3:52 p.m.

    From the article.
    “Conventional wisdom says youths tend to be more liberal than their parents, becoming more conservative as they age. Study results aren’t clear on whether that’s always true.”

    But, if it is true, why?

    The more liberal youth? I’m guessing openness to new ideas and change. But also lack of real world experience.

    So, its likely that as most people age, real world experience makes them more dubious of and less open to change and
    new ideas, and of course, more conservative.

    The diversity question is interesting. Racial and ethnic diversity do not necessarily provide diversity of experience, which is much more to be prized in academic and work environments.

    And, of course, no data on views toward religious diversity and tolerance. That would be some “food for thought.”

  • screenname Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 3:47 p.m.

    Furymouse,

    I'd say that someone who has never raised a child would definitely be missing out on a lot of very poignant, irreplaceable life experiences.

    What could be more applicable to understanding how life works than helping guide someone else through it, combining the growth of your own experiences with an all-new set of experiences, significantly altered by many factors, such as gender, technology, cultural changes, and genes & nurture. Not really sure how that could be replicated elsewhere.

  • gee-en Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 3:36 p.m.

    Sounds like they might be the most indoctrinated or brainwashed generation. Yippy!

  • Logical Larry Provo, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 3:17 p.m.

    It seems the vast majority of older Gen Xers and Baby Boomers who settled on careers in academia and in entertainment were predominantly politically left.

    This meant most of the Millennials were chiefly exposed to solely left-biased viewpoints in key issues such as environmental studies, social studies, and economics.

    As the older millennial generation are now often home-owners, tax-payers, and career individuals, we are seeing a gradual shift away from ineffective leftist policies.

    With Generation Z, this article suggests that while the societal biases remain in those two most impactful influencers in a young person's life and thinking (outside of family), the new young generation is much more equipped to doubt and to question and research to find a more factual and independent opinion.

    We should be optimistic for the future!

  • Gkwahlberg Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 3:21 p.m.

    "They're smart and getting smarter, expected to be the best-educated generation in America".

    Smarter and best educated in what? Many of the young generation cannot even answer basic questions about American history, such who the US fought in World War 2, or who the United States fought and won independence from in, the revolutionary war and when it was fought, or other basic important historical history or our nation. Educated in what, progressive ideas taught in leftist universities, let alone the sorry excuse for high school education? Most young people are not even able to do simple home repairs or maintenance repairs on automobiles. Most do not know how to even write or read cursive writing. They cannot do basic math without a calculator or computer. They have their faces in their cell phones so much that they do not even know how to communicate and interact with others, and most of them I know need to learn common sense and some basic horse sense.

  • furymouse Draper, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 2:51 p.m.

    @third
    "What percentage are responsible for providing for another human being?"

    Are you saying that parents are the only people who understand life?

  • J. Smith Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 12:36 p.m.

    White, Anglo-Saxon American's will no doubt find this disturbing to their core. I for one am glad to see America's youth maturing into inclusive individuals with a social and environmental conscience.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 12:31 p.m.

    Some data is missing here.
    What percentage have jobs?
    How many understand payroll tax?
    How many have taken out a loan?
    What percentage are responsible for providing for another human being?
    How many have balanced a checkbook?
    How many pay rent?

    Only then does one understand life.

    Everyone would like someone else to pay for stuff. That's easy.

  • Editorial Notes At Home In, UT
    Feb. 4, 2019 12:10 p.m.

    Looks like the costs of the progressive education system has been worth every penny... to the progressives.