“Hypersensitive” is banning books because they show same-sex couples, or mention a philosophy with which you do not agree. “Hypersensitive” is when a man refuses to bake a rainbow cake, because they are “triggered” by the mention of LGBTQ folk. “Hypersensitive” is burning rock records. “Hypersensitive” is not allowing your kids to see Harry Potter because it has witchcraft.
I’m not even going to start about all of those folk who reacted with absolute hysteria and rage when asked to put on a simple mask when in a crowd. Now THAT’s being “hypersensitive”.
Older people were and are FAR more hypersensitive than any Gen-Z today. Silent Gens and Boomers on FB are far more hysterical about everything that they don’t like than Gen-Zs are on any of the the social media that they commonly use.
If a person does not understand what Gen-Zs care about deeply, that’s OK. Different generation often don’t understand each other. Gen-Zs don’t understand what a lot of stuff which is important to Gen-Xers like me. But just we do not understand why Gen-Zs care so much about an issue, or do not understand the issue, does not make Gen-Zs “hypersensitive” because they do care about the issue.
Also, maybe, just maybe, we have become desensitized to stuff which we should not be ignoring.
Racism, homophobia, misogyny, etc, is bad, and has not been taken nearly seriously enough. So much of our culture was built on these, that we have become blind to it. Moreover, if it didn’t target a person, they allowed themselves to treat this casual dehumanizing as something minor, “a joke”. The people who have been the target of this bigotry have never felt that it was a joke, but being a minority, they have never felt comfortable. Gen-Z is merely saying “bigotry is bad, even when it’s not burning crosses, or aimed at you”.
Gen-Zs are not “hypersensitive”, they simply differ from their parents and grandparents in that it bothers them when minorities are attacked, rather than when the ruling majority is being attacked.
Yes, when you open your eyes and see how much bigotry is embedded in our culture, it sometimes becomes difficult to stop seeing it in everything. The do not differ in that than anybody else in the world of any age.