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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 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.


"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)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents



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





Product Details

Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable Than Ever Before
Free Press
Jean M., Ph.D. Twenge
Twenge Ph.D., Jean M
Twenge, Jean M.
Jean M Twenge Ph.D.
Twenge, Jean M., Ph.D.
Children's Studies
Sociology - General
Young adults
Publication Date:
April 2006
Grade Level:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Sociology » American Studies

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