Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Gen Z Suffering From Menu Anxiety


Incredibly, a new study conducted by British restaurant chain Prezzo found that an overwhelming majority of adults aged 18 to 24 suffer from menu anxiety” when eating in a public restaurant. When researchers asked more than 2,000 Gen Zers how relaxed they felt while eating out, approximately 86% admitted they have suffered from menu anxiety. Worse, 34% of these young adults said they become so tense and angst-ridden that they ask other people at the table to speak to waiters on their behalf. And worse yet, fully 40% of Gen Z eaters surveyed report getting so worked up that they won’t go out to dinner if they can’t check the restaurant’s menu first.

The distressed diners were made so by a number of factors, among them the increasingly high cost of a meal out, a concern that they will not be able to find something they like on the menu, and the fear of regretting what they ordered (FORWTO?).

You’ve gotta be kidding me! Okay, the concern over high prices is understandable in some situations, but the other fears are preposterous—and both terrifying and sad. If the young ones are consumed with fear that they won’t find a menu item that thrills them, or are frozen by the apprehension that they may realize they made the “wrong” choice after the fact, Britain and the West have no future. If a society becomes that indecisive, timid, and soft, it is drawing its last collective breaths. “Oh, sh*t, I really should have ordered the California Burger, not the Juicy Lucy! What am I to do now?!”

How the hell will these folks fare when it comes to buying a car or a house? I know, if current trends continue, many probably won’t. (Another problem?) What about when it comes time to vote? Oddly enough, if recent statistics are any guide, they don’t seem to have any trouble selecting Democrats from the voting ballot. (Also a problem.) I wish they did.

Perhaps restaurants, whatever their genre’, should offer a “Gen Z” menu as well as a kids’ menu. Suggestion: limit the choices! Perhaps to:  1) PB&J 2) Mac & Cheese 3) Warm Milk & Cookies.

On second thought, maybe just the kids’ menu would suffice.



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