Posted June 7, 2022 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: The Constant Question
Generation Z questions everything, and it can get frustrating if we don’t understand what they’re really asking. Stay tuned for more, next on The Perna Syndicate.
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Welcome—you are now in The Perna Syndicate! Do you ever get tired of being asked why? In the classroom, in the workplace, why is the question every young person is asking. Why do we need to do it this way? Why is this important? Why don’t we try doing it differently?
This can be frustrating for parents, educators, employers, and others who interact daily with Gen Z. Though their constant question can feel annoying, it helps to understand why they’re asking.
In general, they’re not trying to stall, show off, or flout authority. Their constant “Why?” is actually an honest question. They need to know the background information so they can forge a new path forward.
Because today’s young people have been raised to believe they are unique, special, and important, they care about making their mark on whatever they are involved in. Many times when they ask why, what they’re really asking is, is there a better way?
Along with the Millennials, I call Gen Z “the Why Generation” because that’s the question that defines them. They ask why because they want to innovate, to change the status quo, to make the world a better place.
And we should be supporting that, not squashing it.
Next up on The Perna Syndicate, are young people really as lazy as many people think? We’re tackling that and more on the next episode. Take care and we’ll see you then!