Weird Gen Z Things That Might Seem Strange To Other Generations

We have a generation raised on memes, emojis, and a healthy dose of skepticism towards anything that doesn’t fit into a TikTok. A generation that grew up multitasking like it’s an Olympic sport, thriving on chaos, and turning memes into a legit form of communication. Welcome to the era where FOMO is real, but so is the commitment to making the planet a better place… between binge-watching Netflix, of course. Well, let’s vibe our way into the heart of Gen Z things by going through some stuff that makes them stand out among other generations

1. Dark Academia aesthetic

Dark Academia aesthetic

This aesthetic revolves around a love for literature, vintage fashion, and an atmosphere reminiscent of Ivy League libraries. It’s a blend of smarts and artistic vibes that has captivated many Gen Zs.

2. Study with me vids

woman writtingGen Z turns even the mundane act of studying into a shared experience through “Study With Me” videos. These videos feature someone silently studying, giving a study buddy and a drop of motivation for others studying alone.

3. Y2K fashion

Y2K fashion

Yes, they seem to be huge on throwback threads lately. Gen Z has a fascination with reviving the Y2K (Year 2000) aesthetic, though we’re not sure why, the early 2000s were marred with awful fashion. They go for it all, from low-rise jeans and tiny sunglasses to butterfly clips, this nostalgia-driven fashion trend is a quirky blend of those years.

4. TikTok anything

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Gen Z has fully embraced short-form video challenges on platforms like TikTok. From dance crazes to lip-syncing challenges and the weirdest cooking tips you could think of, these viral trends spread like wildfire and eventually end up on Instagram, the platform for millennials.

5. Gender fluidity

colorful painted faceGen Z is challenging traditional notions of gender and embracing a more fluid understanding. Terms like non-binary, genderqueer, and they/them pronouns are becoming more widely accepted, signaling a more inclusive and progressive approach to identity.

6. Broccoli haircut

Broccoli haircut

Known as the zoomer perm, this haircut is EXTREMELY popular among gen Z guys. And we went for full on caps because it’s that popular, think of it as the mullet of the ‘80s and ‘90s. Don’t get us wrong, it’s not about how it looks, it’s about seeing droves of guys with literally the same haircut.

7. Eco-Friendly generation

Eco-Friendly generationGen Z is deeply committed to sustainability and eco-friendly practices. From adopting plant-based diets to actively participating in climate strikes, this generation is determined to address environmental issues and promote a more sustainable future.

8. Big on thrifting

thriftingThrifting has taken a digital turn with Gen Z’s love for online thrift stores and resale platforms. The joy of finding unique, pre-loved items aligns with their eco-conscious values. They always seem to be on a sustainable style hunt for the piece that will make them feel themselves.

9. Rise of digital nomads

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Anywhere, anytime kind of work. With the increasing flexibility of remote work, Gen Z embraces the idea of being digital nomads. They value experiences over possessions and seek the freedom to work and explore the world simultaneously. Thus the huge influx of freelance jobs.

10. Digital detox challenges

typewriter While Gen Z is deeply connected to the digital world, there’s also a trend of consciously unplugging. Digital detox challenges encourage individuals to take breaks from screens, promoting mindfulness and a healthier relationship with technology. You will also see a lot of them carrying dumbphones to keep them offline at any time.

11. Mukbangs and ASMR

ASMR with bubblewrapThis generation seems to be all about the nom nom. They are captivated by the sensory experiences of mukbangs (eating shows) and ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) videos. Seeing them live on TikTok talking about random subjects while chowing down their lunch is rather the norm, not the exception. The whole don’t talk with your mouth open is so last year.

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12. Green thumb

man planting in the gardenMillennials were the first to embrace plant parenting as a form of self-care. The #PlantMom and #PlantDad phenomenon showcases a love for houseplants, turning living spaces into green sanctuaries. Gen Z are the upgraded version, they’re into gardening way more than you think. They think it’s good for your general health and wellness because duh, you’re eating veggies you’ve grown from seeds.

From viral challenges to standing up for social justice, these digital warriors are shaping the future one post at a time. So, whether you’re a Gen Z-er scrolling through holographic memes or a seasoned millennial reminiscing about the good ol’ days of dial-up internet, thanks for joining the party!

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