Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled-and More Miserable Than Ever Before  -     By: Jean M. Twenge Ph.D.
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Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled-and More Miserable Than Ever Before

Simon & Schuster / 2007 / Paperback

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Called "The Entitlement Generation" or Gen Y, they are storming into schools, colleges, and businesses all over the country. In this provocative new book, headline-making psychologist and social commentator Dr. Jean Twenge explores why the young people she calls "Generation Me" -- those born in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s -- are tolerant, confident, open-minded, and ambitious but also cynical, depressed, lonely, and anxious.
Herself a member of Generation Me, Dr. Twenge uses findings from the largest intergenerational research study ever conducted -- with data from 1.3 million respondents spanning six decades -- to reveal how profoundly different today's young adults are. Here are the often shocking truths about this generation, including dramatic differences in sexual behavior, as well as controversial predictions about what the future holds for them and society as a whole. Her often humorous, eyebrow-raising stories about real people vividly bring to life the hopes and dreams, disappointments and challenges of Generation Me.
GenMe has created a profound shift in the American character, changing what it means to be an individual in today's society. The collision of this generation's entitled self-focus and today's competitive marketplace will create one of the most daunting challenges of the new century. Engaging, controversial, prescriptive, funny, Generation Me will give Boomers new insight into their offspring, and help those in their teens, 20s, and 30s finally make sense of themselves and their goals and find their road to happiness.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.4375 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0743276981
ISBN-13: 9780743276986
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Called “The Entitlement Generation” or Gen Y, they are storming into schools, colleges, and businesses all over the country. In this provocative new book, headline-making psychologist and social commentator Dr. Jean Twenge explores why the young people she calls “Generation Me”—those born in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s—are tolerant, confident, open-minded, and ambitious but also cynical, depressed, lonely, and anxious.

Herself a member of Generation Me, Dr. Twenge uses findings from the largest intergenerational research study ever conducted—with data from 1.3 million respondents spanning six decades—to reveal how profoundly different today’s young adults are. Here are the shocking truths about this generation, including dramatic differences in sexual behavior, as well as controversial predictions about what the future holds for them and society as a whole. Her often humorous, eyebrow-raising stories about real people vividly bring to life the hopes and dreams, disappointments, and challenges of Generation Me.

GenMe has created a profound shift in the American character, changing what it means to be an individual in today’s society. The collision of this generation’s entitled self-focus and today’s competitive marketplace will create one of the most daunting challenges of the new century. Engaging, controversial, prescriptive, funny, Generation Me will give Boomers new insight into their offspring, and help those in their teens, 20s, and 30s finally make sense of themselves and their goals and find their road to happiness.

Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

"An informed, rollicking look at the epidemic narcissism, illusory optimism, and anxiety and depression of today's younger Americans. Compelling reading...Generation Me is marvelously written with a sparkling humor."

-- David G. Myers, author of The American Paradox: Spiritual Hunger in an Age of Plenty
"Twenge does a huge, decidedly un-GenX amount of research and replaces [hunches] with actual data.... [L]ucid and entertaining...bold...refreshing."

-- Chris Colin, author of What Really Happened to the Class of '93

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    This is a must read for anyone, young or older, to help them understand the dynamics of what is happing in the minds and hearts of the younger generations. For the younger folk reading this, perhaps it will help them understand what is "pulling them away" from traditional, faith based values. Or it might help them deal with peer pressures related to the attitudes of the growing part of today's culture. For the older ones of us it will help us understand the world our children and grandchildren face and better equip us to support them.
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