ubikcan

March 11, 2007

Generation me

Filed under: Uncategorized — ubikcan @ 10:52 am

A new study shows that young people in America are incredibly narcissistic.

That’s the word from a massive 24-year study of 16,475 U.S. college students.

Kids today are more self-centered and narcissistic than their parents, who were tail-end baby boomers, says the study’s lead investigator, San Diego State University psychologist Jean Twenge

What’s interesting (if not surprising) about this is that Web 2.0 features beloved of this “Generation Y” are directly feeding and encouraging this behavior:

“You do not want to tell a kid, ‘You’re special just for being you,’ ” Twenge says in an interview. “You don’t need to boost children’s self-esteem.”

She says kids were told patently false statements, like you have to love yourself before you can love anyone else.

“Self-lovers make horrible partners,” Twenge says. Narcissistic people are also more likely to be unfaithful, to lack empathy and to be dishonest, because they’ve learned that life is all about themselves.

Self-aggrandizing Web sites like MySpace are proof of narcissism, Twenge asserts.

The culture of entitlement just for being alive is certainly prevalent enough to be quite noticeable. You could call this the “Starbucks Effect”–I’ve paid and I want it now, with lots of unhealthy options (think creamy frappucino).

“College kids today have parents wrapped around their fingers,” Dooley says…

Somewhere between the children-should-be-seen-and-not-heard assertions of the Greatest Generation, and the my-kid-is-wonderful-for-just-breathing exclamations of the boomers, there should be a workable middle ground.

You can see the Starbucks Effect in college students who return to the professor because their grade wasn’t high enough (aka their coffee was cold). Hey, I’ve paid my tuition–where’s my “A”? Where’s my extra credit?

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