So there are two Gen Zs, those under 20 referred to by the media and learned professors at universities who love to pigeon-hole people as a means of justifying their existence, and the Cycle Action grouping in Auckland who are obviously worried about being over the hill thirty somethings and feel the need to re-brand themselves as ‘youthful’. This might back-fire on them when we take a look at the real Gen Z.
So what distinguishes the real Gen Z? The first thing to note is how ‘conservative’ they are. Here is an interesting article from the Daily Telegraph.
Why are young people so Right-wing? Inevitably describing generations involves generalisations: Baby Boomers are often said to be wealthy and selfish, Gen X disappointed and cynical, while Gen Y are whiny and entitled. Books have been written, column inches filled and news programmes made about us. We’ve been labelled the "Jilted Generation", dubbed "Generation Rent", and told over and over again that we’ll be worse off than our parents and pitied for our student debts.
The research shows that today’s young tend to want to spend less on welfare, favour reduced government spending and lower taxes. Not because they don’t care about those in need, but more probably because their attitudes include a suspicion of collectivism, a greater scepticism towards the state and more faith in themselves as individuals to get things done.
This trend to the right also accounts, to some extent, for the drubbing the left received during the election. The left hasn’t yet got to grips with this new reality and until they do they will be marginalised.
Where does this leave Auckland’s own self-labelled Gen Z? Auckland’s Gen Z are politically hard left, Green, and rely on tax and ratepayer dollars to get the cycle lanes they crave to make them feel ‘safer’ on the roads because they can’t cope with the traffic. In their own lunchtime they see themselves as the new warrior class of the left. In reality they are not Gen Z but Gen Dead.