Generation Z? Similar to Generation Buzzkill.
Thanks to this army of introverted scoldings, the future of television and cinema is even more dire than post-pandemic viewership struggles and sluggish film box office returns suggest.
A frightening new study from UCLA asked Gen Z children aged 13 to 18 — overly mature corn children born between 2004 and 2009 — about their viewing habits. 90 seconds while you still can.
If this trend continues, our favorite escapist distractions will become less than highway unicycles and cannabis-smelling New York streets.
Young people want to replace “Avatar” and “Elvis” with TikTok dances, Little Miss memes and social justice screeds. Because the internet and MSNBC alone aren’t enough information. Z demands more!
According to the survey, teenagers “absolutely rejected hopeful stories.” Think classic musical comedies like “Anything Goes” or costume dramas like “Downton Abbey.” yeah, fun.
These queer kids claim to love depressing real-life stories chock-full of relatable, rambunctious issues. it tracks. Teenagers are obsessed with HBO’s “euphoria” (Sidney his Sweeney throws the hoe in the barn, unless God forbid). Starring Emmy Award winner Zendaya, the series explores high school drugs, sex, abuse, and even “toxic positivity.” This phrase makes me want to skip the city and become a Galapagos hermit.
They also flock to Netflix’s “Sex Education,” a show that tackles the question of teenage sexual identity.
Beware of “House of the Dragon,” about fictional, incestuous war royalty. Generation Z wants you on fire.
Of course, that’s if you’re actually watching TV or a movie. According to his Deloitte survey in 2021, only 10% of Generation Z ranked these past hours as their number one home entertainment choice, unlike all other previous generations. These dweaves favor intellectual pursuits such as social media, web browsing, and video games.
It’s shocking that this is still true in 2022. Over the past few years we’ve all gotten too used to scrolling fate, angry online spats and forgetting how to talk directly to other humans. Wise adults are now trying to undo the damage. But Gen Z wants to pack more knives. We stare at our phones all day, obsess over the news, and view fun as unpleasant and evil.
As they get older, you can expect them to get out of it and, well, acquire some taste. I’m here. And millions of his 45-year-old men and women never film themselves doing her dance Threading.
But youth-obsessed Hollywood tends to react reflexively these days, and big-damaging changes can be afoot. Aimed at consumers who are awake, bored, and don’t even look at them.
In the meantime, you and I will entertain our grandchildren with “comedy” and “sci-fi” stories, but they’ll cancel us out on Snapchat.