“To the ever-growing list of things Gen Z simply can’t or won’t do like us pre-borns, add going to a restaurant.”
In this vein begins an article published by The New York Post (NYP), which reports on a newly published study conducted for the Italian restaurant chain Prezzo (which offers Italian food mainly in Great Britain and Ireland). Researchers asked more than two thousand people how they actually feel when eating out. And they found that the young generation is significantly stressed by having to choose food from a menu and talk to a waiter.
In the study, 86 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 24 admitted to suffering from something called “menu anxiety.”
“(While) most people look forward to going out to dinner, our research shows that it can be stressful for some people,” Dean Challenger, CEO of Prezzo, commented on the findings to the NYP. People are afraid that the food will be too expensive, that they won’t find anything they like on the menu, or that they will end up regretting their choice.
“Some took it to the extreme: nearly 40% of Gen Z respondents said they simply wouldn’t go out to dinner if they couldn’t check what’s on the menu beforehand,” NYP writes.
The collected data also showed that a third of people aged 25 to 34 choose what to eat based on how well it will look on social media.
And further: “A third of young people are afraid to order food in a restaurant by themselves and have to ask someone else to do it for them,” the UK’s The Telegraph quotes from the study. The numbers speak for themselves – 34 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds say they’d rather tell a fellow diner to take care of their order with the waiter than talk to the waiter themselves.
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The American paper reminds that the conclusions of the study for Prezzo correspond with a study conducted in the spring in the USA. It was also conducted by the OnePoll company on a sample of two thousand adults. And the conclusions were: three in 10 Americans have “menu anxiety,” with Gen Z more nervous than older generations. 41% of Generation Z and Millennials (ages 18-40) feel stressed, compared to just 15% of Generation X (ages 40-60) and Boomers (ages roughly 60-80).
Gabriel Rubin, a professor from Montclair State University, then addressed how anxious Generation Z is in his own study. He analyzed why the young generation gets stressed even during (usually) common and pleasant activities, such as holidays and public meals.
“Digital technology belongs to them from an early age. But due to covid and other factors, they missed out on important social skills,” The Post quoted Rubin as saying. “So many of them suffer from anxiety and so many have problems in non-digital environments that even something as simple as ordering food is something that is best avoided.”