As Generation Z, those born in the late 1990s to the early 2010s, nears the cusp of adulthood, it seems as if those in other generations are becoming more and more divided with their opinions of us. Some say that we will “change the world,” take humanity to new heights because we are so driven, and make strides in accepting all types of people. Others, however, yell at us for being on our phones too often and call us lazy, entitled, and “too sensitive.” I have often asked myself why this is. How can we be lazy and change the world at the same time?
It all depends on how you look at the new world we live in. If you look at it on a surface level only, it’s easy to see how we can come off as “lazy” or “entitled” or “too sensitive.” I mean, we grew up with all the information we could ever want, or maybe even not want, at our fingertips. We also don’t need to get out of the house to see our friends – we can meet and interact with one another without ever leaving our bedrooms. This new connection introduces us to different perspectives and ideas and this prompts us to stand up for one another and ourselves. Gone are the days where one can make a joke at another person’s expense and get away with it. This makes the people who make these jokes uncomfortable because their outlooks on live are being questioned simply because of a passing comment meant to be taken lightly. “I mean, why are the people who eat tide pods for fun questioning my sense of humor?” one might say.
However, if you look deeper at us you can see that we are so much more than the entitled tide pod consumers we are sometimes made out to be. We are one of the most outspoken generations – our fights for what we believe in, be it gay rights, gun control, women’s rights, and much more, rival the protesters of the 60s and 70s. We use our new technology to teach people about issues they might not have known about. This causes a chain reaction in our communities and soon everyone will at least be aware of previously ignored problems. We also grew up in the recession, which makes us more aware of the financial problems facing us once we leave home. We aren’t entitled – most of us are just fighting for what seems fair in a world where people tell us that what’s fair should not happen just because it’s not the way that things have always been. So, next time you want to call a Gen Z-er “entitled” or “too sensitive,” just think about the world we’ve grown up in and realize that a, sooner or later, change will come. It may be tomorrow or it could be ten years from now, but we are going to change the world,one Instagram post at a time.