Politics: Teens have political fatigue
The political disinterest doesn’t stop at voting though, as 45% of social media users aged 18-49 reported to Pew feeling “worn out” by the amount of political social posts. The party divide in social media exhaustion was 53%/43%, with Republicans reporting more negative reactions to the amount of politics they have to see online.
34% of today’s teens said they don’t plan to vote or be involved in politics.
Religion: Spirituality in teens continuing to decrease
The decline in religious participation is correlated to Americans’ lack of confidence in organized religion. Trust in organized religion has been decreasing since 2009, with a 2018 Gallup Report showing “high confidence” in the church at only 38%. Teens say their views have been impacted in part by the news in recent years about fraud, “conversion therapy,” and sexual abuse scandals.
Only one-third of teens practice their religion in a place of worship.
Nutrition & Exercise: Health and fitness are a priority
Regular exercise is a priority too among Gen Z. 75% of poll respondents said they expect to exercise at least 2-4 times per week. By comparison, according to a 2019 Physical Activity Council report, only 60% of Millennials are engaged in some form of physical activity weekly. Expect wearable tech and fitness software to continue its rise in popularity, especially as 43% said they preferred to workout at home, meaning a possible future decline in gym memberships.