Generation Z Is the New Conservative Uprising
A new generation is starting to finally emerge from childhood and into young adulthood. Many are finally going to be able to drive, start working, or even vote in the next election. These young adults are all members of Generation Z.
Every generation has its characteristics and stereotypes. Starting off, the Traditionalists were practical rule followers. They grew up respecting authority and learned to be patient. Baby Boomers were similar, and shaped into ambitious workaholics. Then, Generation X starting to break away from the norm. They became skeptical and starting taking risks. Finally, along came Millennials, who are great with technology always strive to be diverse and create change.
Where Generation Z stands is yet to be determined. However, one thing is noted: They are much more conservative than their predecessors.
The Gild decided to test this theory, and found that Generation Z is one of the most conservative generations since the Baby Boomers. Their study surveyed over 2,000 people, asking questions about money, marriage, marijuana, tattoos, and more.
When it came to their “attitudes towards issues such as same sex marriage, transgender rights, and marijuana legalization,” Generation Z was the second most conservative. 59% were “moderate to conservative,” while 79% Traditionalists answered the same. On the contrary, only 16% of Millennials answered the same.
This trend continued onto topics like “saving money” and “tattoos,” where Generation Z far surpassed the last two generations in terms of how conservative they are. This shift comes down to one main idea: Conservatism is the new counterculture.