Survey Finds That Gen Z Has the Worst Tipping Habits

( — According to a recent survey from Bankrate, Americans ages 18-26, or Gen Z, are the least likely to leave a tip when dining out, while every generation believes that the practice of expecting a tip has gotten out of control, Business Insider reported.

While over half of the Baby Boomer generation leaves at least a 20 percent tip, only about a quarter of Gen Zers do.

Ted Rossman, a senior industry analyst with Bankrate, suggested that Gen Z is new to the tipping culture that goes with being an adult, so they don’t have “many memories of the way it used to be.”

Tipping tends to increase with age, with older generations like Baby Boomers, Millennials, and Gen X tipping more than Gen Z when dining out, ordering delivery, and at the hair salon. At the same time, Americans today are tipping less than they did even a few years ago.

Rossman said younger adults may be less inclined to tip since they don’t earn as much money and are unfamiliar with tipping etiquette.

Even so, Rossman said there is a feeling today that tipping has gotten out of control, particularly with older Americans who are not familiar with the trend of having a cashier at a shop turn the payment terminal around so a customer can add a tip when they pick up a cup of coffee or a sandwich.

According to the survey, 33 percent of Baby Boomers and Gen X believe that tipping is out of control, while only 22 percent of Gen Z agree.

Rossman added that regardless of how people might feel about tipping, it has become the norm. He said if people aren’t leaving tips, it is the individual worker, not the business, that gets hurt.

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