The Bridge: Gen Z makes sure to keep digital documentation on hand for future fall outs.

Screenshot Justice

Back in the days before iMessage and screenshots, we had the luxury of getting away with a bit more than kids today. After all, a white lie here…a small fib there – who’s gonna know? Well Gen Z, arguably the most accountable generation, isn’t going for that. You best believe that your words (or texts) and actions need to line up.

This week’s lingo is all about “Receipts (🧾)” 

Receipts are physical (or digital) proof that you can use when calling someone out. Let us paint a picture for you:

Your favorite musician makes an Instagram post (or TikTok) promising to donate $100K to charity if their fans get their song to #1 on the Billboard charts.

*one week later* 

The song goes to #1, but there’s no follow up regarding the promised donation, and the original social media post is gone. When people begin to call out the artist, they say they have no recollection of making the promise or the post!

What is the solution?

If you have your handy-dandy receipts, a simple post to Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, or even a direct message to the artist will be much more impactful than a standard call out post (without evidence). Receipts make it impossible for someone to be dishonest, and can be utilized in your day-to-day life as well.

Described as the generation least susceptible to misinformation, use our vocab table to learn more about Gen Z’s receipt culture.

  • “Receipts” – Proof or evidence in the form of recordings, screenshots, and text messages.
  • “Where’s the receipts?” – Do you have supporting documentation for this claim?
  • “I keep receipts” – I always document what people say and do. Usually said while displaying a receipt.
  • “Those were fake receipts” – The documents used to incriminate were unrelated, out of context, or completely doctored.
  • “🧾” – The receipt emoji, perfect for social media captions and text messages full of incriminating evidence. .

Tell us about some 🧾 you’ve had to use over in our comments: @thegenbridge!

receipts on file // freepik x L. Aguayo

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