Hey everybody! Sorry for the lack of the Weekend Update last week; I wasn’t really feeling all that well to write. 😦 But I am here to report that not much happened this weekend and there was not a lot to write about anyway. *shrug emoji* But I’m hoping my weekend will be more exciting this week!
However, now is the time for PART 2 of what the kids these days are killing! In my last blog post, I talked about what the kids are killing according to this Business Insider article and today, I will tackle the last categories of that article. I will be giving my feedback on what I think Generation Z is killing and whether I think those categories dying are a good thing or not. Let’s get started! 🙂
According to the article, Generation Z doesn’t dig paying for online radio like Pandora and likes other music platforms to pay for instead. Huh. xD I guess it is just a preference thing. As for me, I don’t listen to any online music radio stations nor pay for any of them at all. That’s because when I buy music, I buy a song from the iTunes store on my “economy model” Apple iPhone, the iPhone SE, and by doing that, I will have that song forever and never have to pay month to month in order to listen to it. 🙂 Double the points if you rip CD music to your playlist from your computer and onto your phone for free from CDs from the library! 😀 ALL ABOARD THE SAVINGS TRAIN. WOO WOO!
As for if I would ever listen and pay for any of these music platforms if I wanted to… Probably not. My music taste is very different from the average joe and these music platforms probably would not have the kind of music I like listening to anyway. I’m sure they would, but besides K-Pop music, do they have a wide variety of J-pop music from anime that I like? From looking at their dismal selection from the iTunes store concerning music from anime series, it’s looking bad. So… Paying for music platforms? Most likely not. 🙂 I guess I can’t relate to the kids these days that way, haha. 😛
Traditional Luxury Goods
So the kids aren’t into Louis Vuitton bags. I understand. Unless they are rich, they probably can’t afford them anyway. 😛
But all seriousness, the article says that if the stuff kids are buying doesn’t filter out good for their Instagram photos, then they aren’t interested in it. I guess showing off a well made bag that lasts forever (like a Louis Viutton bag) that won’t ever fall apart on you isn’t considered sexy in the material sense with the kids these days. I hope you parents out there are taking notes and are teaching your children the opposite that buying something that lasts forever instead of just a few months is always the better deal in the long run. Even if it is a luxury item.
But I am kind of glad that luxury items like Louis Vuitton bags are falling out of style with the kids even if it is for all of the wrong reasons. Like anybody these days can afford them unless they actually have a lot of spare cash in their bank accounts. If you are one of these people, consider yourself very blessed. If you are not one of these people, but happen to be people who ike good purses taht won’t fall apart on you rightw away and you like the idea of owning a Louis Vuitton bag but can’t afford it (I am… one of these people. O _O ), then I highly suggest going the poor man’s route to TJMAXX or your nearest thrift store and buying a budget designer brand bag that will last for cheap! 😀 Just read over my thrift store shopping rules about used designer bags first if you are going the thrift store route and you should be golden either way! 😀
So Generation Z thinks Crocs shoes are awful. I don’t blame them. I remember LOCMom buying me a pair of Crocs from Payless Shoes when I was younger and I never even wore them, so I can see why. xD Sorry LOCMom. 😦 And since Generation Z is not into luxury items, they are definitely NOT going to buy those Balenciaga Croc shoes for $850 that are mentioned in this category in the article. Anyone who buys shoes for that much money that are not made by people who make a living wage for making shoes like that has more money than sense as far as I am concerned. : | Or if they just buy them because they are, y’know, Crocs. : / Yes, I think Crocs are ugly. We millennials don’t find them an attractive object to purchase either. xD
Casual Dining Restaurants
I mean, awww, poor casual dining restaurants. First millennials shun you and then Generation Z doesn’t like you either and will be putting the final nail in your coffins. But I’m sorry Generation Z, according to the article, if you think a Chik-Fil-A sandwich expresses ‘who you are’ on Instragram, than y’all have some major issues there. Hashtag #NotallGenZ I’m sure, but still, c’moooooon. : /
Besides the whole thing about these restaurants food not looking great for Gen Z’s Instagram pages, they have the nerve to charge you around 12-15 bucks for a plate of food they cooked in the microwave in their “kitchens” and expect their customers to sing high praises of it. Uh… no. You know what ticks this millennial off? Restaurants who brand themselves as “hip” whether they be regular restaurants or casual dining restaurants and serve crappy food that is above 12 dollars wil NEVER get my money again. THIS MILLENNIAL HAS SPOKEN.
But the article is accurate that fast casual dining restaurants are doing better than casual dining restaurants. The reason why they are doing better is because I find that their food tastes better and they actually care about the quality of their food that they serve to their customers. I have only been to one fast casual restaurant and that is Chipotle, so I can only offer my opinion based on that one I am afraid. But I am sure there are some bad fast casual restaurants out there, however I haven’t ran into any that are awful though. :shrug emoji*
This category was not included in the list, but it is mentioned in the first paragraph of the article and deserves an honorable mention. It is proven that Gen Z HATES Facebook. The reason I am hearing they don’t hang out on it is because all of “the olds” and their parents use it and there are no young people like them on there. I mean, tehy are on there, but tehy don’t post much because of you know, us olds being on it. *will try not to take offence, but really, I’m not offended at all* : | Instead, teens these days prefer Instagram as their preferred social media platform. However, it is still owned by Facebook, but it is not Facebook. Don’t tell the kids that or it will make them sad. Or not, haha. 😛
As for Instagram, I must be the only person who does not have an Instagram account. I honestly am not into taking good looking pictures of myself or of sceneries and places that I can edit under the picture editor on my phone to make pictures look pretty to post on an Instagram page to brag about how my life is better than ALL OF YOURS!!!1! Kidding. 😛 But that is honestly how I see Instagram and sometimes Facebook. I hardly update my Facebook page as it is, so Instagram would be of no use to me I’m afraid. 🙂
So Facebook might be dying in the future to replaced by something else. Is this millennial sad? Not really. The only reason I ever use Facebook these days is for groups to talk to people that share my similar interests in and for following Facebook pages that I like that keep me “woke” and in the loop for issues that I care about such as free healthcare for all. 🙂 I also like seeing friends posts every now and then, but since my life is not that exciting and I basically chose not to post things to Facebook of my most exciting moments (like my recent birthday party) because I always forget anwyay, I don’t really post a whole lot. 😛 But make no mistake! I do lurk and check all of my friends new posts on their pages even when Facebook does not show me them on my newsfeed. Having only friends and family that I actually care about on my Facebook page helps as well to keep up with everyone’s new posts, so everything is pretty chill in this category for me you could say. 🙂
Conclusion and Finals Thoughts
So that wraps up this series of what Generation Z is killing! I hope everyone enjoyed reading it! And to all of the Generation Z kids out there, I am not going to be like one of those lame-o baby boomers that hate on the younger generation just because we are young. Hashtag #Notallboomers of course, but ya’ll know what boomers I’m talking about. > _> As a millennial, I like you Generation Z and you just keep chuggin’ along! You’re doing great! Things are looking pretty bleak right now news wise, but I am hoping things will change in the future so you can grow up in a better time than we millennials did. I know you are aware of how a lot of us millennials are suffering with college debt we can’t get rid of even if we go into bankruptcy, so it is important that you learn from our mistakes and don’t repeat them. Remember, I guarantee you that the world will not be the same in five years and you will have to be ready for that. Good or bad, things will be getting dicey, I predict. Or if our society is actually ready for these massive changes, things will be smooth sailing for everyone.
And alway remember Generation Z, if you don’t like how things are being ran around here, as President Barack Obama once said, “Don’t boo! Vote!” If you don’t vote when you turn 18 and beyond, I’m afraid you can’t complain. 🙂
Well, I think that wraps everything up!
Do you agree with what Generation Z is killing?