A new study has found that the generation of people born after 1982 is the most narcissistic (self-loving) in history. Here are some telling quotes from Jean Twenge, the professor at San Diego State University who ran the study:
The study asserts that narcissists “are more likely to have romantic relationships that are short-lived, at risk for infidelity, lack emotional warmth, and to exhibit game-playing, dishonesty, and over-controlling and violent behaviors.”
She said this self-focus begins early, and it's the downside of the "self-esteem movement."
As an example, Twenge cited a song commonly sung to the tune of “Frere Jacques” in preschool: “I am special, I am special. Look at me.”
Some analysts have commended today’s young people for increased commitment to volunteer work. But Twenge viewed even this phenomenon skeptically, noting that many high schools require community service and many youths feel pressure to list such endeavors on college applications.
Campbell (another researcher) said the narcissism upsurge seemed so pronounced that he was unsure if there were obvious remedies.
“Permissiveness seems to be a component,” he said. “A potential antidote would be more authoritative parenting. Less indulgence might be called for.”
The full article can be found here.
I disagree that young people are less civically oriented as the study states, judging by how many students I see that want to be involved in volunteer work and community service. So what do you think? Does this just make you so mad that you want to post something on your Facebook page? Or maybe make a video and put it on YouTube?