Teachers reveal how high school and high school cliques have evolved for today’s generation of college students – and while there are still jocks and band geeks, Gen Z’s friend groups also include K-pop superfans, influencer wannabes, and even the stock market obsessed.
The educators shared their knowledge Reddit this week, in response to the question, “What are the new student groups replacing the groups (emo, goth, drama, etc.) that used to be a thing when you went to school?”
Thousands have agreed, with some observing a remarkable number of students dying to become internet fame, and others saying that kids at their school divide by their love of anime, vaping, and even therapy.
Gen-Z: Teachers Reveal How High School and High School Cliques Have Developed for Today’s Generation of Students (stock image)
Certainly one of the most shocking and bizarre revelations was that some American high school students are playing in the stock market – and they mean business.
While many of those groups [goth, drama, etc.] still exist in one form or another, the most unexpected group I’ve seen this year is a growing number of high school students everyone calls “the stonks.” They legitimately talk about the stock market over lunch, ”she wrote.
Other commentators confirmed that this is not just in one school. One wrote, “One of my friends legitimately pulled out his phone and showed his $ 17 hundred in Amazon stock. He’s thirteen, by the way. ‘
‘I’m a teacher and one of my students has earned quite a bit of the GameStop stuff. There are some Stonks clubs that understand more than I do, ”said another.
Meanwhile, quite a few people said there are groups of teenagers obsessed with anime, even more so than when millennials were in school.
“Anime kids are more common,” commented one.
Stonks: Certainly one of the most shocking and bizarre revelations was that some American high school students are playing in the stock market – and they mean business (stock image)
Famous! Among the most common trends are wannabe influencers and YouTubers, who are always taking pictures on their phones or doing TikTok dances (stock image)
Children wearing clothes from their favorite anime, or dressing like anime characters. Kids even dye and style their hair to look like anime characters, ‘said another.
However, others said it’s fans of K-pop – including popular Korean pop bands like BTS and Blackpink – who are everywhere.
K-pop fanatics – noticeable when these kids play all kinds of K-pop music on portable speakers or on their phones. Sometimes they also like to dance while listening to their music, ‘wrote one.
One teacher said vegans tended to stick together, while another said the AV Club has been replaced by computer science kids.
One of the most common trends seem to be wannabe influencers and YouTubers, who are always taking pictures on their phones or doing TikTok dances.
“There is the group that wants to grow up to be influencers,” said one of them. “They are already very active online and are obsessed with getting more views and followers.”
New Groups: Other leftovers include vegans, anime aficionados, and K-pop fans
‘I feel like we used to call them’ Valley girls’ when I was a kid. Now we have VSCO girls, ”said another.
Other cliques from previous generations still exist in some form or another, although some have shifted a bit with time.
For example, teen smoking has gone down, but vaping is a long way off.
“ Usually it’s just the vapers (trying to get away with their bathroom habit) and the non-fumes (which sometimes betray them), ” noted one commenter.
Another commenter said that kids who may have identified themselves as goths in previous generations are now getting help with their emotions and sharing things that have worked for them with their friends.
“ I think the goth group at my school has essentially been replaced by ‘The Therapy Group’, which is basically a whole bunch of suicidal and depressed kids sharing things they’ve learned from their own experiences in therapy, ” wrote there a.
Quite a few commentators, however, made a hopeful comment: that cliques just aren’t what they used to be, and kids can like many different things – and interact with many different people.
“ Usually it’s just the vapers (trying to get away with their bathroom habit) and the non-fumes (which sometimes betray them), ” noted a commenter
Acceptance: Some commentators said that cliques just aren’t what they used to be, and kids can love many different things – and interact with many different people
“Frankly, I just notice that there aren’t as many groups like that as when I was in school in the 1990s,” said one.
‘The students seem to be more accepting and the barriers to access to groups do not seem that fixed or hard. The basketball star loves anime. The emo kids are now listening to hip hop. Country club kids organize social justice protests. It’s just everywhere now. ‘
Another agreed, writing, “The groups are not as linear or defining as they used to be.
‘The geek group will always be there, but they are more fun now than when I was growing up. The memelords stick together. Partygoers too. The kpop and the anime kids have their own groups.
But when you put these kids together, they are actually quite open to getting to know each other, despite their different inclinations. Gen Z kids are quite a few. ‘