Generation Z appears likely to drive many societal changes—especially as the generation gains awareness of its influence. For example, Gen Zers appear highly motivated to vote, protest, and consider ethical factors in making life choices (for example, deciding which companies they will and will not work for). Some commentators believe that Gen Z will be the deciding factor in the 2024 US presidential election.
Although some Gen Zers appear to feel ignored and marginalized (many report high levels of psychological distress), Gen Z will likely shape politics, employment, and business for years to come. Whether current societal polarization and conflict will increase or decline as a result is uncertain.
Abstracts That Inspired This Pattern
The authors of a recent opinion piece in the Washington Post argue that the 2024 US presidential election will be very different from the 2016 election (won by Donald Trump) because "the number of Gen Z (born in the late 1990s and early 2010s) voters will have advanced by a net 52 million against older people," which is about 20% of the 258 million US residents eligible to vote in 2020.
"Hundreds of students and graduates vow not to work for 'climate wreckers that insure those responsible for the climate crisis.'"
On TikTok, many young women are talking proudly about their lazy-girl jobs—typically menial office jobs that offer a comfortable salary yet require employees to do little more than sit at a computer and send a few emails. Surveys back up this social-media trend. For example, a recent Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu survey revealed that only 49% of Gen Zers (versus 62% of Millennials) say that "work is central to their identity."
During a recent study, researchers at King's College London and University College London surveyed some 51,800 adults in England between April 2020 and December 2022 and found that the number of people reporting severe distress has increased across all age groups except the older-adults group, which comprises people older than age 65.