Is it normal to feel a disconnect with the generation below you?
I was born in 1995, so that makes me 27/28 and one of the last Millenials (or as some people call people born close to the cutoff point, Zillenials), yet I still feel a big disconnect between myself and Gen Z and an even more significant disconnect between myself and people under 20/21.
Growing up, I related more to my now 30-year-old cousin (born in 1993) than I do to my brother (1999) or my other cousin (2004). I can barely keep up with, or understand Gen Z’s way of thinking, or their slang (I’m always on Google trying to figure it out), and I can’t understand the “wokeness” that comes with it.
When I was growing up, we had movies like Little Man, a bunch of Adam Sandler stuff, and other things pre-Marvel that wouldn’t fly today. We had oversexualized music, with simple beats and violent video games keeping us afloat. We went outside to play and weren’t chronically online.
I didn’t get my first actual phone until I was about 10 or 11, and I had begged for months to get one until my parents gave in. It was a Motorola one and basic. It had a number pad (yikes ) and you had to use a navigation panel to scroll through the menu. It barely had internet on it, and texts cost money to send.
Now, I see Gen Z with phones as an extension of their arm and nonexistent attention spans tweeting about things they don’t know, whilst perhaps having good intentions as slacktivists. Or scrolling through TikTok like it’s a news website, listening to music void of tone.
Not to make fun of Gen Z, but things are sure different than I remember them to be. The things that were considered acceptable to me probably wouldn’t fly with Gen Z. The digital era has created a whole different culture, and worldview than before social media got popular.
People have become more socially conscious as a result, and although many teens (and young adults) mean well, sometimes it creates a rift between people who grew up pre-internet/social media, or even their own generation who grew up differently/came late to the digital party.
Maybe that is part of the reason why I get on better with Millenials, and people who are a few years older than me (and people over 25 in general). We’re on a similar wavelength. Yes, there are some Gen Z users on the same wavelength as me and we get on well and share similar opinions (shoutout to you, you know who you are) but they seem far and few between.
I wonder does anyone else have this problem?