Generation Z – woke or sensitive?

Generation Z is the new and upcoming generation. Born between 1997 and 2012, Gen Z has been growing up during a time of change – in many aspects. No other generation has ever had such unlimited access to information and connection via social platforms. This has created discussions and movements, and many have strong political…

Klara Gaskell-Brown Avatar

Generation Z is the new and upcoming generation. Born between 1997 and 2012, Gen Z has been growing up during a time of change – in many aspects. No other generation has ever had such unlimited access to information and connection via social platforms. This has created discussions and movements, and many have strong political opinions at a young age. Therefore, Gen Z is known to be a socially conscious generation with strong voices. But is Generation Z actually woke or just sensitive?

During the past 20 years, our society has changed tremendously. Technological development, social media, political movements, and increased globalization are a few of the many reasons for our world aswe know it today. Gen Z are children of a society in movement, fostered by new values, norms, and expectations. Therefore, it’s not strange that Gen Z is referred to as a woke generation. Growing up with various social media platforms, political education has never been easier. You can educate yourself and most importantly – educate others. Many Zoomers are outspoken about climate change, social injustice, homophobia and have a high value on diversity and social responsibility. However, there has been a debate about whether Gen Z is too sensitive. The expression “Snowflake generation” has occurred as a way to describe young people who are easily offended and upset.

So is it true? Is Gen Z a snowflake generation, too politically correct, stiff, and overly sensitive? Politically correct? Yes. Stiff? When it’s needed. Overly sensitive? Both yes and no. The issues Gen Z addresses might occur exaggerated for someone privileged, for someone who can’t align themself with these values, simply because they never have felt the feeling of being neglected, disrespected, or unequally treated. Snowflake or not, our society needs to make an active effort in order to be inclusive and diverse. It can be an uncomfortable conversation and it’s mostly easier to joke about an issue rather than address it. Nonetheless, we all have a responsibility to engage in the process of making a change and not diminish young, strong voices by calling them oversensitive.

Some may consider that being woke equates to being sensitive. But if sensitivity generates a more diverse and accepting society, so be it. Gen Z are snowflakes. Maybe a little bit sensitive. Although, Gen Z is woke. Woke snowflakes.

About Nådiga Lundtan

Founded in 1948 and has since been an important part of student life in the economics program at Lund University. Nådiga Lundtan covers a wide range of topics related to economics, society, and politics, as well as careers, entrepreneurship, and innovation. It is a platform for students to share their ideas and opinions on economics and related fields.

View more articles
  • Have I made the right choice?

    I feel anxious whenever I encounter individuals who seem to have effortlessly discovered their life’s path without any major obstacles. All I can think is: “How have they managed to figure that out and why haven’t I?” I’m so jealous of everyone who already knew what they wanted to do in life when they were…

  • The Long-Awaited International Festival is Finally Here!

    Springtime has finally reached Lund, greeting us with longer and more enjoyable days. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, the International Committee is gearing up for their annual International Festival. You certainly don’t want to miss this cultural exchange. In a more globalized world, and not to mention the international setting as LUSEM increasingly is…

  • Understanding PFAS: The Invisible Threat

    Have you ever heard about the PFAS? Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, are human-made chemicals not found naturally in the environment. While PFAS offers various practical applications, their pervasive presence and environmental persistence raise critical concerns. PFAS molecules, known for their durability, do not decompose, leading to their accumulation in the environment and nature.…