Generation Z holds more Catholic values than the three previous generations – but why?

By September 17, 2016 Articles

A recent study revealed a shocking number of young teens are more conservative and more skeptical of the transgender phenomenon than any generation since the Baby Boomers.
According to a study published by J. Walter Thompson Intelligence, Kids born between 1995 and 2003 grew up in a world of gender fluidity.
For Generation Z, same-sex marriage is nothing to bat an eye at and transgender people roam the streets, openly dressing, talking and acting like the gender stereotype of their choosing.
A survey of 1,000 12-19-year-olds, 81 percent of preteens and teens believe gender is not a defining factor for individuals.
Of those surveyed, 56 percent said they deviated from purchasing clothing designed for their own gender and 70 percent were in favor of gender neutral bathrooms.
The shift in sexuality and sexual orientation is evident when stepping back and observing Baby Boomers to the current generations.
Gender roles and social norms have changed drastically since 1945. The more conservative generations largely believe clothing should be assigned to specific genders (think women wearing dresses, men wearing pants) and each should have a very specific line separating them.

Generation Z is more conservative than previous generations.Generation Z is more conservative than previous generations.

Newer generations are view themselves as “quite liberal” or “very liberal” and are not adhering to the previously clearly outlined gender norms.
Though GenZ was raised around gender fluidity and the ongoing process of breaking stereotypes, they have proven to be more conservative when asked the following questions:
People are exploring their gender identity more than in the past
I know someone who uses non-gender binary pronouns (they/them/ze, etc.) instead of traditional gendered pronouns (he/him,she/her)
It’s important for public spaces to provide access to gender neutral bathrooms
I am more accepting of people of nontraditional gender identities than I was a year ago
If a sport is available for one gender at a school or university, it should be available for the other gender as well.
Catholic Herald revealed GenZ were proven to be more cautious with money.
One in four admitted they would rather save than use credit cards, while four in ten Baby Boomers believe “Money is meant to be spent.”
The newer generations are learning from the failures of previous ones and seem to be quick to learn from their parents and grandparents. Where will Generation Z take the United States? If they keep their conservative views, it’s possible they could be the generation to make America a God-fearing nation and a truly great country once more.


 
By Kenya Sinclair

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