21 Things Gen Z Do That People Just Can’t Understand

Some things the younger generations do seem completely bizarre to everyone else around them. Someone recently asked an online forum, “What’s a trend among Gen Zs you find weird?” Here are the 21 most popular answers.

Documenting themselves committing crimes

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Documenting themselves committing crimes then posting them to social media.”

“Yeah, but it just seems obviously stupid to me as a millennial to document your crimes and broadcast them. Although I’m paranoid about surveillance.”

Filming everything

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Imagine having the general hangover anxiety mixed with the added anxiety of wondering what is going to get posted online of being a drunken idiot.”

“With the combination of the fact that anything posted on the internet is permanent and the existence of facial recognition software that can scroll through the whole internet, this situation is incredibly scary.”

The romanticization of mental illness

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Or self-diagnosing with a mental illness you know little about and making it an excuse for your bad behavior.”

“Old person here. This is classic teen behavior. I remember people doing it in The 80s. Teens love attention.”

Things needing to be a micro-label or aesthetic

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It’s the natural evolution of the advertising demographic. Squeeze yourself into as many neatly labeled boxes as possible so they know what ads to target you with and what products to offer you.”

The way everything needs to be a micro-label or aesthetic, and the differences between some of them feel so miniscule that I’m not sure why they all need to exist in the first place.”

The broccoli haircut

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Ahh, the ‘Meet me at McDonald’s haircut,’ no seriously, that’s its name. You can google it.”

“Haha. I just learned this, and it’s my favorite new fact.”

Saying everyone is gaslighting 

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Saying gaslighting every day with no comprehension of the word.”

I know what it means. Stop gaslighting me.”

Selling out

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“It’s very weird that in 30 years or so, we’ve gone from selling out being a bad thing to it being the main goal to the point where large numbers of people genuinely don’t even understand the concept.”

“The kids are slaves to corporate interests. And they walk around talking about how anti-capitalism they are.”

Mullets

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My son’s middle school is filled with mullets.”

“You should see lacrosse tournaments….”

High-waisted mom jeans with crop top

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Time really is a flat circle, huh.”

“All of this has happened before. All of this will happen again. So say we all.”

The need for social media

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It’s such a big part of our lives and has such negative impacts on us, and we don’t even realize it.”

“That’s why I ditched Facebook. It was taking over all my time and having a negative effect on my mental health.”

Acceptance without growth

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Accepting your negative aspects but refusing to receive help with them because it’s more trendy and cool to be ‘toxic’ and edgy and a terror.”

“I don’t think that’s unique to them.”

Disliking talking on the phone

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I think my take is common among many people my age. I don’t actually hate talking on the phone, providing someone is calling me.”

“I hate receiving or making phone calls as a Gen Z.”

TikTok

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You’re right man. Tik Tok sucks.”

“Obnoxious is what I would describe it.”

Vaping

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I teach middle school, and an astounding amount of them vape.”

“My high school kids tell me a ton of kids vape nicotine in the bathroom during class breaks.”

Pranking for views

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“I’ve seen one that regularly goes into a store like Home Depot and pretends to be an employee and then films the real employees who seem to be going a little overboard in their reactions, but I’m just like, this poor guy is just trying to get through his workday.”

“Most of the famous pranksters are millennials.”

Influencers

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“​​I mean, there are influencers and YouTubers who are doctors, engineers, lawyers, CEOs, philanthropists, athletes, automotive journalists, financial education channels, teachers, artists, and more. There are YouTubers who have legitimately run for political offices, too.”

Every generation has fantasized about getting a career which gives a lot of fame and pays a lot of money.”

Not being able to spend time alone

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Their absolute inability to spend even five minutes on their own, alone, with no stimulus, just doing nothing. But then, that might be a self-selecting sample. The ones who can do that, you don’t notice that much.”

“I’m a millennial, and I am unfortunately like this as well. I don’t know why, and I can’t help it.”

Seeing proper grammar as aggressive

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Proper punctuation in text messages being seen as aggressive or rude.”

“Agree.”

TikTok dances

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At least they’re getting some exercise.”

“Nah, every generation has stupid dances.”

Cancelling people for what they said in the past

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Trying to ‘cancel’ singers/rappers/actors for things they said 30 years ago when social norms were different.”

“I’m sure they’ll die down with it once people they admire and are their age start getting hit.”

Wearing pajamas in public

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What are we supposed to wear when we come home?”

“Pajamas are for the bedroom or lounging around the house.”

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