A study looking at the social and political attitudes of older members of Gen Z in the US (aged 14 to 17) has found them to have a pragmatic outlook.
Commissioned by the Center for Generational Kinetics, a US research firm specialising in millennials and Gen Z, the study suggests that the scepticism of Gen Z's Gen X parents has been a strong influence, as well as experiencing the effects of the 2008 financial crisis on their home lives.
However, the study suggests that far from being pessimists, US Gen Zers are the strongest believers in self-made success. While they recognise the dire state of the economy, over three-quarters believe the American dream is attainable – higher than any other generation. This leads the study to suggest we are in for a wave of entrepreneurialism as Gen Z strike out and create their own job opportunities.