The Tylt

Old habits die hard—Gen Z and Millennials are more traditional than you think.

Older generations tend to shake their heads and cluck at the ways of the young. To them, youthful generations are so wrapped up in fads that they fail to uphold the values and traditions which were previously so revered. Marriage? Declining. Chivalry? Dead. The youth have no time for the historic morals of society, they may say. But that’s just plain not true.     

Sure, as with every new age, some practices and ideals fall by the wayside. But Gen Z and Millennials are far more traditional than some would assume. This is particularly prevalent in terms of relationships. When it comes to matters of the heart, many Gen Z and Millennials would actually prefer things to be a bit more old-school. 

Take the age-old tradition of brides tossing their bouquets. When asked if this act has become passé, 64.9 percent of 1,797 voters—the majority of which were women—believe it should most certainly be continually performed at weddings. In fact, over 83.8 percent of voters would much rather meet their one true love in real life as opposed through a dating app, indicating that romance and modernity are far from a match made in Heaven. 

This also rings true when it comes to one spouse taking the other’s name. When asked if they would do this themselves, over 67.7 percent of Tylt voters stated in the affirmative. Again, most voters who were in favor of taking their spouse’s last name were women, 48.78 percent of whom were ages 18 to 24. Although some would argue taking one spouse’s last name is rooted in a person’s dominance over the other, many see it as a symbolic gesture of two parties becoming one. It seems that, in an age which constantly challenges preconceived notions of gender, younger people find nothing wrong with some traditional relationship roles. 

Gen Z’s and Millennial’s respect for traditions goes beyond just romance. Around 68.8 percent of them believe keeping the legend of Santa alive in children is totally harmless while 66.1 percent find supposedly antiquated events like rodeos to still be rooted in family fun time. AP News reports that Gen Z and Millennials—despite supposedly being cash obsessed—would accept jobs with lower salaries should the benefits meet their expectations. That sounds more like a boomer’s mentality around job hunting, no?

In a world that feels increasingly chaotic and unfamiliar, Gen Z and Millennials are not so different from their older counterparts in seeking comfort in nostalgia, as well as conventional values. The past aids the future in more ways than one. Besides, traditions stick around for a reason.