• Nicole Ordubegian

Gen Z's Over Consumption of Media

Updated: Oct 10, 2020

Generation Z was born into a time when technology was just beginning to enter its prime years. It was starting to become normal for people to have a smartphone with them at all times, and although we hadn’t known it at the time, that technology would either make or break us.

Gen Z started to grow up with technology around the late 2000s and early 2010s. This upbringing enabled very impressionable audience access to any information on any topic from all over the world. Being known as the generation “obsessed” with the internet and social caused Gen Z to be stereotyped as having an addiction to technology, or being anti-social.

Media overconsumption is a huge issue in the generation; no matter where they go, whether it be online or in-person, there continues to be a looming cloud of negativity right above their heads just waiting to tell them about the new crisis going on in the world. Although the media has been one of the most beneficial inventions to society, it specifically ends up causing a lot of problems in Generation Z. Members of Gen Z are more stressed than adults on issues going on in the world; it’s become ingrained in our mindset as a generation.

We consume the media surrounding us every day, so it’s no surprise that Gen Z’s mental health is at an all-time low. The amount of negativity in the world is extremely overwhelming and with Gen Z’s savior complex added into the mix, the generation tries to find a solution to every problem caused by older generations so things don’t get worse as time goes on.

This overconsumption of media occurring in Gen Z is becoming much more harmful than anyone would have thought it would become. This has resulted in Gen Z’s perception of life to be far worse than anyone could imagine. It’s created so many issues in this generation that are going to be extremely difficult to heal.

This generation constantly feels the need to be updated with every single issue going on in the world and feel bad when there’s even just one thing we don’t speak on. Although everyone’s situation is different, media exposure can make people feel like they’re living at the end of the world; when it comes to this point, it’s important to find a new perspective.

Media has messed up many things for Gen Z. Children are expected to act like kids until the time comes for them to mature into teenagers and then into young adults. Gen Z wasn’t able to have that innocence in them for too long. We grew up with tragedies occurring left and right such as school shootings, bombings, a global recession. The innocence and naiveness of being a child are long gone for Gen Z.

The main issue resulting from a large intake of media includes Gen Z not perceiving themselves as humans simply living a regular life. Gen Z is so invested in seeming interesting to other people and project themselves into characters from fictional worlds to do so.

This leads to many members of Gen Z to disassociate because they aren’t content with the way their life is in the real world compared to the lives of fictional people. If their life doesn’t represent what we see from the media, Gen Z thinks that they’re boring and try absolutely anything to make them feel something to fill an empty hole that they seem to never fill.