Differences in Common Socio-Political Ideals Between Gen X, Millennials and Gen Z

Socio-political topics are always a sensitive area to talk about regardless of age. It’s a fact that the common mindset among different generations can be significantly different from one another. 

And when discussing things that relate to society or politics, the generational gap is much more evident. Most of the time, people from different generations tend to disagree with each other more than agree on certain ideals.

This is just how things work; as society progresses, old traditions die down and new beliefs take place. And not everyone can move at the same pace as the world does. Whether a person belongs to the Gen X group, the Millennials, or the Gen Z cluster, there are many ideals that one group holds on to that another straight-up disagrees with.

Obviously, people belonging to Gen Z are honestly the most well-informed group when it comes to new discussions on socio-political issues. Thanks to being immersed in social media, Gen Z youth are more open to liberal ideas as compared to their older counterparts.

In relation to this, those belonging to Gen Y and Gen X are more likely to be conservative when it comes to their socio-political ideals — with the number of believers in traditional ways climbing up as the demographic gets older by age.

Some major pressing socio-political issues that have seen a division among the generations include subjects such as the controversial term of President Donald Trump and the topic of growing diversity in the United States.

Regarding these topics in particular and other matters such as gender equality and political activism as a whole — Millennials and Gen Z believe that the government should take more action in solving social and political issues in the country and that diversity is beneficial to the country.

On the other hand, Gen X takes a more moderate stand that leans more towards the opposite of the ideals that Millennials and Gen Z take with regard to socio-political concerns.

Technological literacy has made common socio-political ideals among the generations so different from each other. Simply put, the younger generations can keep up better with the trends online and technology as a whole.

In short, this gap makes Millennials and Gen Z more accepting of changes in society and politics. Whereas the older generations prefer more traditional methods of keeping up to date — and so they have a tendency to stick to the “old ways” so to speak.

By Neil Gregorio

Neil Gregorio is an advertising copywriter who writes as a hobby; when he is away from the keyboard, he spends his time watching Japanese animated shows and jamming out to his favorite rock music.

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