This study suggests Generation Z are scared of other people’s opinions!
The world has changed a lot over the last few years. While many changes have been for the better, some have really thrown a spanner in the works – especially when it comes to views and online opinions. A new study suggests that one-third of youngsters – or Generation Z – may actually have a fear of people with different views.
Generation Z and the opinion conundrum
Efforts to make social media and the world, in general, a kinder place has meant that many things have become super sensitive to speak about. Gone are the days when opinions were shared fearlessly because, with one social media post, a person can be “cancelled” for good.
A new study conducted by think-tank More in Common may have found out why the world has become such a sensitive place – because of Generation Z.
According to the report, those born between 1997 and 2012 are afraid of hearing other people’s views and almost always believe that they are unequivocally right all the time. Daily Mail reports that the report was based on an analysis of polls and focus groups involving 10,000 people between February 2020 and early this year.
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While the study group consisted only of UK youth, the same may apply to Generation Z around the world and this can be proven when trying to engage in a debate with anyone in that age group.
What is the solution?
More in Common suggests that Generation Z be taught to “respect other people’s opinions” while they are still in school and university.
“Schools can play a more positive and powerful role in preparing students to practice the principles of a healthy democracy,” it said.
Here’s what netizens have to say about Generation Z’s big problem:
Ten to the Dozen said:
“The products of an education system that has brainwashed them into entitled sheep, hence why they think free speech only applies if they agree with what is being said.”
“No real surprise here after all they are the snowflakes lol”
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Based in Johannesburg, Brian Derenberger is a Senior Editor at Healthy Organic Lifestyle.