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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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"As the Baby Boomers celebrate another milestone — turning 60 — with the usual paroxysms of nostalgia, Jean M. Twenge has a question that may take the wind out of their tie-dyed sails: Have they checked their children lately?

According to Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State University, when it comes to unbridled self-interest, even the self-absorbed Boomer Generation pales... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"Jean Twenge is not only dedicated as a researcher and social scientist, she is clearly passionate about it. In this forward-thinking, clear-eyed book, she immediately stands out as a social critic of substance, in a world of dogmatic and chattering media pundits who are only guessing when they are 'covering' major social trends and generational changes." Paula Kamen, author of Feminist Fatale and Her Way: Young Women Remake the Sexual Revolution

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"Twenge notes that today's young parents are especially lenient with their children and reluctant to discipline them, suggesting that perhaps the next generation will be even worse off....Accessible and a must-read for the generation they address." Booklist

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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.

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A revealing examination of the generation born between the 1970s and the 1990s, called “The Entitlement Generation,” gives Boomers new insight into their offspring and help those in their teens, 20s, and 30s finally make sense of themselves and find their road to happiness.

About the Author

andlt;bandgt;Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D.,andlt;/bandgt; is a widely published associate professor of psychology at San Diego State University. Her research has appeared in andlt;iandgt;Time, USA TODAY, The New York Times,andlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;The Washington Post,andlt;/iandgt; and she has been featured on andlt;iandgt;Todayandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Datelineandlt;/iandgt; and National Public Radio's andlt;iandgt;All Things Considered.andlt;/iandgt; She holds degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Michigan. Dr. Twenge lives with her husband in San Diego, California.

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Contents

Introduction

1 You Don't Need Their Approval: The Decline of Social Rules

2 An Army of One: Me

3 You Can Be Anything You Want to Be

4 The Age of Anxiety (and Depression, and Loneliness): Generation Stressed

5 Yeah, Right: The Belief That There's No Point in Trying

6 Sex: Generation Prude Meets Generation Crude

7 The Equality Revolution: Minorities, Women, and Gays and Lesbians

8 Applying Our Knowledge: The Future of Business and the Future of the Young

Appendix

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

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socknitter, October 27, 2008 (view all comments by socknitter)
As a mother of three kids of this age, and being exposed to many friends, I find this book a glib, self-serving denunciation of programs designed to promote individualism and focus on what kids CAN do well. Twenge is aimed at sensationalizing herself (as a GenMe person, does she lack self-esteem or is she chest-thumping that she EARNED her own self-esteem?) My children have plenty of miserable friends. I can't see how shredding their few positive thoughts of themselves will help. Reading this book for a college class sent my son spiraling into despair, thinking we've just been pumping him full of false esteem (he is, in fact, an high achieving student with interests that range far from mere school: he is an airplane pilot at 16). As a Girl Scout leader (and yes, Twenge has plenty of horrible things to say about the GS program) I spent a lot of time trying to teach sad girls they DO have something to offer and live for. This book is a disservice to young people and parents should take it with a large helping of salt.
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rwilson, May 23, 2007 (view all comments by rwilson)
Parents, schoolteachers, college professors: here is the answer to your question: why are today's kids so different from generations past? so discourteous, self-centered, short-sighted? Twenge conducted research that pretty much proves the answer: when you were born, and when you were 10 years old, has much more influence over your lifeview and behavior than any other factor. Generation Me is written cleverly and passionately. It proves that the "you are special" generation has been badly served by its emphasis on the individual and proposes some interesting approaches to Generation-Me behaviors.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743276986
Author:
Twenge, Jean M.
Publisher:
Free Press
Author:
Twenge Ph.D., Jean M
Author:
Jean M Twenge Ph.D.
Author:
Twenge, Jean M., Ph.D.
Author:
Jean M., Ph.D. Twenge
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Demography
Subject:
Youth
Subject:
Young adults
Subject:
Youth -- United States.
Subject:
Young adults -- United States.
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Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
notes; index
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 9.45 oz

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"Review" by , "Jean Twenge is not only dedicated as a researcher and social scientist, she is clearly passionate about it. In this forward-thinking, clear-eyed book, she immediately stands out as a social critic of substance, in a world of dogmatic and chattering media pundits who are only guessing when they are 'covering' major social trends and generational changes."
"Review" by , "Twenge notes that today's young parents are especially lenient with their children and reluctant to discipline them, suggesting that perhaps the next generation will be even worse off....Accessible and a must-read for the generation they address."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

"Synopsis" by , A revealing examination of the generation born between the 1970s and the 1990s, called “The Entitlement Generation,” gives Boomers new insight into their offspring and help those in their teens, 20s, and 30s finally make sense of themselves and find their road to happiness.
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