Generation Me

Generation Me

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

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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 Mewill 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Free Press, c2006.
ISBN: 9780743276979
0743276973
Branch Call Number: 305.242 Twenge 2006
Characteristics: vii, 292 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.

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Dec 23, 2010

The book provides an insightful analysis of today's young adults:
their supreme self-confidence in their own worth, their concern for doing things their way; and the benefits and costs that come from their focus on themselves.

The author draws upon her outstanding research to describe generational differences and their sources.

It is filled with unending statistics.

Excellent read.

Worth referring to others.

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Mar 23, 2010

Excellent book. Very informative and insightful into what makes GenMe tick and why. I'm fit in the GenMe category (in the earlier years of the breakdown) and found I fit part of the pattern, but not all. I can definitely see my younger siblings in the examples layed out as GenMe. I highly recommend this book.

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