Generation Me - Revised and Updated: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable Than Ever Before

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Simon and Schuster, Apr 11, 2006 - Social Science - 304 pages
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The Associated Press calls them "The Entitlement Generation," and they are storming into schools, colleges, and businesses all over the country. They are today's young people, a new generation with sky-high expectations and a need for constant praise and fulfillment. In this provocative new book, headline-making psychologist and social commentator Dr. Jean Twenge documents the self-focus of what she calls "Generation Me" -- people born in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Herself a member of Generation Me, Dr. Twenge explores why her generation is tolerant, confident, open-minded, and ambitious but also cynical, depressed, lonely, and anxious.

Using findings from the largest intergenerational study ever conducted -- with data from 1.3 million respondents spanning six decades -- Dr. Twenge reveals how profoundly different today's young adults are -- and makes controversial predictions about what the future holds for them and society as a whole. But Dr. Twenge doesn't just talk statistics -- she highlights real-life people and stories and vividly brings to life the hopes and dreams, disappointments and challenges of Generation Me.With a good deal of irony, humor, and sympathy she demonstrates that today's young people have been raised to aim for the stars at a time when it is more difficult than ever to get into college, find a good job, and afford a house -- even with two incomes. GenMe's expectations have been raised just as the world is becoming more competitive, creating an enormous clash between expectations and reality. Dr. Twenge also presents the often-shocking truths about her generation's dramatically different sexual behavior and mores.

GenMe has created a profound shift in the American character, changing what it means to be an individual in today's society. Engaging, controversial, prescriptive, and often funny, Generation Me will give Boomers new insight into their offspring, and help GenMe'ers in their teens, 20s, and 30s finally make sense of themselves and their goals and find their road to happiness.
 

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Review: Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable Than Ever Before

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I'd really like to give it a 3.75 ---- doesn't quite feel like a "4" to me although I have a hard time explaining why---- I think a lot of the subject matter is very similar throughout (obviously ... Read full review

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Okay, so at the beginning of the book I could easily pick up her bias, sarcasm, and some snarky undertones in this book. I kept reading because people I know have read and liked this book. I finally ... Read full review

Contents

The Decline
17
Me
44
You Can Be Anything You Want to Be
72
The Age of Anxiety and Depression
104
The Belief That Theres No Point
137
Generation Prude Meets Generation Crude
159
Minorities Women
180
The Future
212
Appendix
243
Acknowledgments
275
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Jean M. Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, is the author of more than 100 scientific publications and two books based on her research, Generation Me and The Narcissism Epidemic, as well as The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant. Her research has been covered in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, USA TODAY, and The Washington Post, and she has been featured on the Today show, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, and National Public Radio. She lives in San Diego with her husband and daughters.

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