I’ve always though generation generalizations are usually mostly BS. They seem a little bit like horoscopes, you tend to remember the parts that align with your pre existing outlook. Of course large societal events and technological shifts shape groups of people, and you can compile some overall cultural trends. Within that they are individuals and shouldn’t be treated as a monolith.
That said (here is where I contradict myself) I’ve been interacting with more and more gen z design students and designers and I have to say how impressed I’ve been. Anecdotally, in my experiences the majority of them have been dedicated, engaged, curious and pretty self aware. It just has been super pleasant. I had a group of 9 from the University of Oregon in my studio last Friday for a couple of hours and I’m still thinking about it. We had great conversations.