A new study found that today’s college students think they are part of the greatest generation. They believe they’re the best ever, and feel quite entitled to great things in life without putting in the requisite work. Here’s the link to the story, and below is Megyn Kelly discussing the study on her Fox News show. The young guy on the panel blames his parents. Maybe he’s right to an extent. Do too many parents build up their kids’ expectations? Either way, they have to grow up sometime. If they had loving parents who provided them with a great childhood they should be grateful, and work hard to make their parents proud, even in this crummy economy. The alternative will be very disappointing.
Though they may work less, the number that said they had a drive to succeed rose sharply.
These young egotists can grow up to be depressed adults.
A 2006 study found that students suffer from ‘ambition inflation’ as their increased ambitions accompany increasingly unrealistic expectations.
‘Since the 1960s and 1970s, when those expectations started to grow, there’s been an increase in anxiety and depression,’ Twenge said. ‘There’s going to be a lot more people who don’t reach their goals.’
Twenge is the author of a separate study showing a 30 per cent increase towards narcissism in students since 1979.(Read More)
On the bright side, a few years of life in the Obama economy is sure to tamp down those lofty expectations.
H/T to reader Michigan
Update: Linked by Big Pulpit – thanks!