In this review article, I will be reviewing Chapter 5 'To Be Socially Accepted', from the book 'What's The Tea with Gen Z'. In this chapter, the author highlights how the people of Gen Z perceive being socially accepted as well as the sides of them that they would not expose to others in order to protect themselves.
Sneak peek of Chapter 5
'To Be Socially Accepted' gives us details about the inner-workings of the minds of Gen Zs. At their current age and time where being outwardly accepted and perceived positively is important to them, especially at such an impressionable age. It explores themes such as mental health, breaking out from social norms, and peer pressure. Unlike the generations before them, social media in the lives of Gen Z plays as a measurement of each individual's self-worth. This is discussed in the chapter and explains how it can affect the values and goals that they would set for their lives.
The chapter is split up into several subtopics which helps readers to understand the points they are making in a very coherent and cohesive manner. The topics touched such as 'Social Acceptance Over Happiness' and 'Opening Up' wholly inform the readers of how the new generation of young adults think and perceive the world that is around them. It helps us to understand more about their thought process and how their mind works in this technological era.
By including real-life case studies of successful people such as Jack Dorsey, the creator of Twitter, to further elaborate the traits of Gen Z helps readers to understand the points that are being made. However, seeing as Jack Dorsey is not a Gen Z himself, the example chosen does not relate to the generation being discussed. It would be more appropriate to use a relevant successful person who is from Gen Z to further solidify the fact that it is OK to not conform to social norms.
With that being said, as the book is written by students who are from Gen Z, despite the thorough research that has been done, the tone of the book comes off a little biased. It reads more as a personal experience instead of a collective voice of the entire generation. I believe that a stronger impact could be achieved by comparing some of the statements and ideas to other generations in order to create a contrast as to what makes this generation so different and unique.
In conclusion, the chapter overall provides an interesting perspective of what it means to be socially accepted as a Gen Z as it explores the many different aspects of being accepted. Not only does it touch on how Gen Z tries to fit in, it also brings up how Gen Z is creating their own norms and changing how the world works as we see it. As the statements given are backed with research and facts, it helps readers to understand more about how and why this generation think and act the way they do.
By Reneece Chia