Gen-Z’s Future In Activism

Since a young age, Generation Z, defined as youth born between the late 1990’s to early 2010’s, has been exposed to news at a constant rate. More than ever before, social issues and cultural arguments have been more accessible and widely acknowledged by the younger generation. Due to this easy access, Gen-Z has been more involved in relevant discussions in our society today.


Past generations have not shown the same amount of interest as Gen-Z has actively demonstrated towards social issues. With platforms using technology, youth have been given the resources to speak up with a louder voice than ever before.


Studies show that there are other factors that contribute to Gen-z’s involvement in social movements. The pandemic has allegedly affected the younger generation’s view of the government negatively. For them, it became easier to stand up for what they felt passionate about. According to the London school of Political and Economic Sciences, dedicated to global, quality research, “Generation Z are likely to have less faith in elections and their own governments for the rest of their lives as a result of their experiences growing up during the coronavirus pandemic” (LSE) based off a study made in June of 2022.


According to a study made in April of 2022 by the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School, “while 18-to-29-year-olds are on track to match 2018’s record-breaking youth turnout in a midterm election this November […] there was a sharp increase in youth believing that ‘political involvement rarely has tangible results’” (IOP Harvard).


Research gathered by the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, located at the University of Cambridge, from 1973 to 2020 shows that “young people’s faith in democratic politics is now lower than any other age group” (Cambridge).


Gen-Z’s voice is more active and urgent than ever before because of the way they prioritize their opinions, share facts, and mobilize their thoughts.


As previously discussed, the younger generation is receiving news at a constant rate never seen before in the past. The platforms allow for users to voice their opinions easily without repercussions. Rates for young activism continue to rise more powerfully by the day.