21 Common Characteristics of Gen Z That Drive People Mad

Generation Z, comprising individuals born roughly between the late 1990s and early 2010s, receives both praise and criticism from various generations. An internet survey recently asked, “What is your legitimate criticism about Gen Z? Here are the top 22 answers.

Pranking Service Workers and Fast Food Workers for TikTok Views

Pranking_ and Harassing Service Workers and Fast Food Workers for TikTok Views
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“Millennials started that “trend” in the early YouTube days, though. I remember back in like 2010-2012; prank videos were HUGE. I honestly never saw the appeal.”

“I can’t imagine a service worker at a shop and someone throwing a well-shaken bottle of Coke at the ceiling and having to clean it. It should be illegal because they don’t get paid enough, and if they don’t clean it, they will get fired.”

Troubleshooting Technology

Not Good at Troubleshooting Technology
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“I was a technology teacher, exactly this. They know how to use tech better than previous generations but tend to know little about making it work or troubleshooting it, let alone creating technology.”

“I run a department with some powerful statistical computing software. It’s easy to plug data in and get graphs and results out, but you’ll get garbage out unless you know the assumptions and details of how that analysis works.”

You Have To Use ‘Softer’ Language

You Have To Use _Softer_ Language
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“I have a very nice and social employee, but his criticism can be a bit terse and to the point. My Gen Z employees called him a bully. They now work on my team until they grow a thicker skin.”

“Yeah, I’ve noticed this, and I’m a Millennial. They do get used to it after a while, though.”

Terrible at Communication

Back Where I Come From
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“I will tell them to call an engineer or someone on the construction team to confirm something/get some info, and it will take them half a day to make the phone call.”

“Phones don’t allow the same visual cues as face-to-face or editing controls like text. Gen Z is more visually-oriented in general, influencing most communication choices.”

That They’re Offended on Behalf of Others

That They_re Offended on Behalf of Others
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“As a Gen Z myself, this irritates me so much! It’s annoying to see someone get more offended than the target audience. Then they just won’t let it go as if them being offended in place of someone is a good thing.”

“There’ll be a white guy in traditional Mexican clothing asking Gen Z’s what they think. The unanimous response is that its cultural appropriation and that type of clothing shouldn’t be worn by anyone not Mexican. The same guy goes to a group of Hispanics and asks what they think he’s wearing, and they all love it.”

Created a Bunch of Labels

Created a Bunch of Labels
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“You’re absolutely right. Growing up, it was all about not categorizing people. Don’t put them in boxes or make assumptions about their experiences just because of their background. Now it’s a total reversal of that.”

“This is an interesting observation (from an older Millennial), and you’re totally right. The label overload is weird and exhausting, and I’ve noped out of it all, even the ones with good intentions.”

Gen Z Is Judgemental

Their Forceful Nature
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“There seems to be a boomer-like tendency to find a reason to punch down whenever possible. Gen Z has a knack for zeroing in on the most seemingly inane things and turning them into a reason that they’re “better than you.””

“You see this a lot on TikTok and Twitter. I also attribute that to the fact that the oldest Gen Zer is only 24, and the youngest is still in middle school. They’re still growing up, but hopefully, this is something they can grow out of.”

Gen Z Don’t Understand that Their Presence Online is Permanent

Terrible at Communication
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“I’m surprised I haven’t seen this take at all. That is so true, or Gen Z’ers don’t seem to care. So many embarrassing and scantily clad videos out there may change their mind once AI can detect their facial patterns and trace them back to every piece of media posted of them.”

“A lot of them think the content they are making is “cool” so they think it will never be considered embarrassing or come back to bite them.”

Severely Hindered People Skills

Severely Hindered People Skills
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“My wife is a teacher, and statistically, there are more social issues and complexes than ever before in the history of humanity. Granted, they weren’t diagnosed or had a name for them until recently, but it’s outrageous that 3/5 kids have a social disorder and simply can’t/don’t/won’t talk to other people normally.”

“100%. At my old job, we hired a couple of 18-year-olds in succession, both born in 2002. They were nice enough kids, but their capacity to work as a team was so limited. Needed to be watched for them to work; otherwise, they were on their phones all day.”

I Wish They’d Leave Us Older Millennials Alone

I Wish They_d Leave Us Older Millennials Alone
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“We have mortgages and back pains now! Leave us alone! And get off our lawns while you’re at it!”

“I love how us Millenials feel. It’s hilarious. I remember being self-conscious about my emoji choices because I saw something Gen Z wrote making fun of millennial emoji use.”

A Lot of Activism Without a Single Molecule of Understanding

A Lot of Activism Without a Single Molecule of Understanding
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“History repeats itself, and we like to SAY we know that it does, but then we go right to doing the stuff that led to said history.”

“Yup, this often leads to extremism.”

They Are Profoundly Uncurious About Anything That Happened Before ~1994

They Are Profoundly Uncurious About Anything That Happened Before ~1994
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“No. They’re not that different from other generations in this respect. Millennials were profoundly uncurious about anything before 1980. Boomers were uncurious about things before 1960.”

“Yeah, I’m Gen Z, and sometimes it feels like we lack basic historical/general knowledge.”

Social Media Flexing/Clout Chasing

Social Media Flexing_Clout Chasing
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“Influencer is not a valid career choice.”

“I’m a mid to late gen z’er, and my teacher gave the class a presentation on what career path they want to follow. Almost 3/4 of my classmates had based their presentation around wanting to be an influencer/social media star.”

They Still Have a Lot To Learn

They Still Have a Lot To Learn
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“Many of them are still children.”

“Every time I argue with strangers on the Internet, I remember that everyone and their newborn children own a phone now. There is a not-small chance that I’m wasting my time arguing with a 6th grader.”

Thinking That Having to or Being Expected To Do Something They Don’t Want To Do Oppression

Thinking That Having to or Being Expected To Do Something They Don_t Want To Do Oppression
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“Yeah, we need to stop over-using that word — it has a critical use, and it needs to not be diluted.”

“Finding out that your parents fibbed you about Santa Claus is not trauma.”

Unhealthy Attitude Towards Failure

Unhealthy Attitude Towards Failure
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“Breakthroughs are made at the fringes where risk is high, but so is the potential reward. Failure helps us better understand our current limits and builds resilience. I worry they won’t realize their true potential.”

“Honestly, the worst part is that many of us don’t even realize we are opposed to it. I try my best not to be, but often I can tell that’s what I’m doing, and I’m still too scared to change it.”

They’re Really Cynical

They_re Really Cynical
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“Everything is a big joke because they’re so demoralized about the future.”

“Both my nieces are in therapy and on behavioral meds. I’m glad they’re getting care, but it concerns me that this is becoming a norm. If everyone has to be on meds, there’s something fundamentally wrong with society.”

Their Forceful Nature

Their Forceful Nature
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“Most of the time, they will still be polite, but as you get to know them, they will start to police your life.”

“My friend who’s addicted to TikTok was convinced my boyfriend was a low-life for not seeing me more for ages. He was literally bedridden sick. She didn’t think it was an excuse. I had to remind her I don’t care what she thinks about my relationship.”

They See the World in Entirely Black and White

They See the World in Entirely Black and White
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“You’re either pure evil or pure good.”

“To a degree, that’s true of all youth. You start to see shades of gray when you get older and more experienced.”

The Inability To Calm Themselves and Recollect Without Needing Outside Input and Support

The Inability To Calm Themselves and Recollect Without Needing Outside Input and Support
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“I thought about this recently and wondered what will happen when Gen Z isn’t “relevant” anymore. At the moment, they’ve taken the place of millennials as the young generation that defines what’s cool and what isn’t, but how are they gonna cope in about five years when Gen Alpha starts hitting adolescence, and suddenly all the stuff that Gen Z holds dear to them is seen as cringe?”

“It worries me that many people’s way of coping with things is dissociating into the Internet, even though I do it sometimes. It could create some significant issues later on.

They Get Offended at Everything

They Get Offended at Everything
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“True. Either you share the same opinion or not. And if you disapprove of their thoughts on a subject, they tell their whole friend group and try to attack you verbally.”

“Living in North America, I have to be careful around people since the wrong opinion or joke could cost me my job or reputation. Back home with people my age, we can joke around and say “insensitive” things with an understanding that it’s not true and nobody takes it too seriously.”

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