Why Gen Z’s latest trend is setting it up for failure

The children are not well. At least not if the recent social media trend is anything to go by.

Over the past few weeks, a “quiet take off” movement has emerged from the bowels tik tok. Like most things trending on the Communist-owned left-wing app, it’s a mixture of self-deprecation, defeatism, and destructive ideology.

“You don’t completely quit your job, you give up the idea of ​​going any further.” explained One TikToker whose viral video helped launch fashion. “You’re still doing your homework, but you no longer subscribe to the bustle culture mentality.”

Basically, you don’t actually give up, you just start doing the bare minimum.

in one cheek video Sitcom, a young model plays “Quiet Takeoff” by sitting at her desk at 9:00 a.m., announcing “Mabel Muffin Monday”, gossip and taking several breaks to discuss “The Bachelorette.” Then she laughs at her goal of 500 calls for the day – “Instead, we’re doing 50.” And when her boss asked her to do some extra work, she replied, “Susan, it’s 2022: We’re getting paid, so don’t give me overtime.”

Line up “Yass, Queen” in the comments section – and apply for unemployment in the near future. But perhaps because of how wide our welfare safety net is, many of these young people aren’t particularly alarmed at the prospect of facing employment consequences.

“If I’m supposed to go further, should I run too,” says one viral TikTok Argues.

“You’re in luck that the employee is doing his job. I’ve done so little at work before that it wasn’t his ‘quietly quitting’, but technically stealing.”

Another TikTok user narrated How after she “quietly quit” her job, she “used up all the free space in her mind and no longer had to worry about work” to start her “Queer History walking tours.”

“By doing a little, I made life better for everyone around me,” she concluded. “Less work! Do a little! do less! “

Some of these videos are totally silly. But the frustrations that motivate this broader movement are not.

Real wages are declining. Housing, groceries, gas and other necessities are becoming increasingly unaffordable, thanks to inflation. The economy was mediocre at best, and disastrous at worst in the early years of this generation’s life.

All that said, “quiet take off” is a terrible idea that will make these guys a lot worse off. We’re in a recession, by the traditional definition, and while job numbers remain strong, it certainly looks like that could change. thus. And when that happens, guess who will be the first management name to pick for layoffs?

That’s right: “quiet givers” who garnered TikTok views by not just slacking off and doing the bare minimum but Show it off too publicly.

Even those who haven’t posted anything about their “quiet take off” exploits may still be in trouble. When times get tough, the underachieving and “bottom” people are the first to walk out. This is the sad fate many are preparing for themselves if the economy continues to head south.

They also sabotage their long-term economic and career prospects.

You don’t get a promotion by doing the bare minimum. Why will? When an opportunity opens up in your company, it’s clear that the manager will promote hard workers, dedicated employees, and crooks – not promote a do-not-so-less General.

It’s also Econ 101 is your productivity as a factor fit tight of your profits in the long run. why? Well, in a competitive market, if you are struggling and your employer is still not paying you for the additional value you are creating, the competitors have a profit incentive to hunt you down and get that winnings.

Or they have an incentive to hire you for a higher pay if you go out and apply for new jobs at the higher level you already show. And when companies can make a profit by doing something, you can be absolutely sure that they will.

This is why “going further” is, by definition, how you are going.

So, yes, the “quit smoking softly” movement is silly to the point of insane. But it is also very sad because young people who succumb to your toxic ideology are only setting themselves up for failure and hardship.

Brad Polombo is Policy Correspondent at the Foundation for Economic Education, co-founder of based on politics And one of the few right-wingers TikTokers He has not yet been banned from the platform.

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