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  1. Amy
    January 6, 2017 @ 6:58 pm

    Anne, this is excellent! Generational theory is useful and powerful when it is applied rigorously–but harmful when it’s used in the way you describe. GOOD observations! Thanks!

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    • Anne Boysen
      January 6, 2017 @ 7:10 pm

      Thanks Amy! I agree wholeheartedly with your comments. Sadly in the age of fake news, validating sources seems to happen less often.

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  2. Shiny
    March 4, 2017 @ 3:26 pm

    Um, well… As a member of Gen Z, I am more “conservative” than my elder siblings. More open to gay marriage or whatever. Individuals should be unheeded by the government, but you’re only looking at one part of what it means to be conservative. Liberal economics is frankly horrible. We’ve watched people spend and go into debt and throw money at the issues like suddenly it’ll fix it once you hit that special number…and…it doesn’t work.

    If you don’t hear us say it, could it possibly be because you don’t listen? The millennials have a bad habit of not allowing other opinions, and I only felt comfortable voicing mine as I hit adulthood. The politically correct climate drives myself, and all but 3 people in my peer group that I know to rebel in silence. When I stopped being silent, a person from my friend’s list reported my facebook(I used a name I intend to have changed legally). We find other ways.

    We just don’t believe much anyone has to say because the way you vehemently reject all other views makes your outlook seem weak, authoritarian and lacking.

    Millennials don’t know how to let others have fun. Fun isn’t cookie cutter. Conservatism in the sense of right wing economics is counter-culture. And as for all of the gender issues, I don’t really think most of it holds much water, but I don’t care to tell someone else what they can and can’t do. The government should just stay out entirely.

    The government should stay out of most things. I also reject your drone wars and pretending that things are okay when they aren’t. Contrarily, however, I reject your hysterics. Instead of dressing obscenely, and throwing fits like I used to as a child not too long ago, maybe you should handle your problems like adults. Millennials are the worst example of how to handle things not going your way. I very vaguely remember 9/11 and if the people on that flight had handled themselves the way you all reacted to a cheeto, we’d be in even worse shape.

    I do disagree with people just agreeing with everything they read, however. And thusly I appreciate your counter voice to the narrative that we all HAVE to be conservative(while it’s a trend, the term is also being applied wrongly). What do you expect though? That’s sort of what the millennials grew up doing. Trusting “big brother”.

    I voted for Trump.
    I just turned 20.
    1996.
    California born and raised.
    Praise Kek lmao.

    Obviously this is all anecdotal, but at this point aside from some inadequately sized surveys there’s not much else. I’m the oldest pretty much that we have to offer right now.
    Sorry for any inconsistencies in my spelling/grammar. I stumbled across this after an 18 hour gaming session and I’m falling asleep.

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  3. Anne Boysen
    March 4, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

    Shiny, thank you for sharing your thoughts. I enjoy reading your perspective and interpretation of various political issues and how you feel Gen Z might differ from Millennials.

    If you read my article carefully you will see that I am criticizing the survey method, not whether or not Generation Z’s political preferences could sway in the other direction. And you are right in that if you go into the granularity, younger generations aren’t necessarily adopting the liberalism of their parents and grandparents. Many in fact identify as independent. It is also true that there is a large quite conservative minority among your generation and I believe these are the ones who are most adamant in rejecting my article. But being visible does not ensure majority in the population. If you look at what younger generations voted in the last election they overwhelmingly voted for Clinton.

    I am not trying to forward any specific political agenda, but make constructive commentary on survey techniques and generational research methods. And having researched this generation for over a decade and read hundreds of research reports, carrying out several surveys myself, most of the evidence points in the other direction. The vast majority points in the direction of Generation Z being more liberal than the older generations.

    One last important distinction. Based on your age you would actually be considered both Generation Z and Millennial by many researchers. The cohort confusion comes from the fact that two different kinds of generational parameters are often intermingled and confused by the media. The authors that came up with the term ‘Millennial’ presumed Millennials would be born until 2004. Hence in many of the surveys your cohort would come up as Millennials, and this cohort have proven to be more socially and, in many cases, economically liberal.

    You might also find this exchange on Quora interesting:https://www.quora.com/Is-generation-Z-more-conservative-than-previous-generations-Why-or-why-not

    One thing is for sure, your generation seems to be much more politically engaged than we Generation X were at the same age 🙂

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