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A new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has accumulated data for the past 47 years from 9 million young adults, reveals that college students are more likely than ever to call themselves gifted and driven to succeed, even though their test scores and time spent studying are decreasing.
Psychologist Jean Twenge, the lead author of the analysis, is also the author of a study showing that the tendency toward narcissism in students is up 30 percent in the last thirty-odd years.
This data is not unexpected. I have been writing a great deal over the past few years about the toxic psychological impact of media and technology on children, adolescents and young adults, particularly as it regards turning them into faux celebrities—the equivalent of lead actors in their own fictionalized life stories
Seemingly the greatest generation at volunteerism we've ever known, Gen Y doesn't wait until they become financially successful to pay-it-forward, serve those less-fortunate, and mentor. Among Gen Y, social good is organic -- and real-time.
The world economy has been bad for so long, many members of Gen Y haven't personally experienced the "old economy" -- and aren't burdened with bitterness over a pay-cut, a downsize or a job that was outsourced. They know only the workplace reality specific to them... and have nowhere to go but up, with little baggage dragging them down.
Gen Y is known for sharing best practices, self-learning and continuous personal growth. They are unafraid to blog, brainstorm, talk and text about what works... and what doesn't... greatly decreasing the collective human learning curve - and becoming globally competitive as a result. In our economic condition, those are high-demand skills.
Originally posted by jimmiec
reply to post by Lulzaroonie
I agree with you 100%. The problem is that half of the parents don't do a proper job of parenting. Add to that our public school system gives our children a trophy even when they lose and we have a lot of kids that do not have the mechanism needed to cope with losing in the sometimes harsh environment of society.
Originally posted by Xoanon
reply to post by jimmiec
Anorexia nervosa, bulimia, pornography addiction and all of its concomitant disorders; this stuff did not really exist only a few decades ago.
Originally posted by jimmiec
reply to post by theabsolutetruth
Sounds familiar unfortunately. We can't really blame them. The unintended consequences of good intentions can be horrific. Now, how do we fix it? Can we fix it? Not through drugs for sure.
Originally posted by TKDRL
Why is it almost every time I read a post that states "we" this, or "we" that, I end up with the facepalm? Am I really just that much greater than everyone else in the world? I can't be the only one that is doing a decent job living my life out