New Study Conclusively Proves That Today’s Youth Really Does Suck

05/10/2010 11:19 AM |

anne hatheway

A veritable flotilla of new studies confirms what our hearts have told us for so long… Generation Y (that ill-defined group of people born between the very late 70s and the very early 90s) is nothing but a bunch of entitled, self-deluded narcissists. Hey, don’t get angry at me, this is what Science is saying:

As a group, [says a representative of Science], Gen Yers are characterized by a “very inflated sense of self” that leads to “unrealistic expectations” and, ultimately, “chronic disappointment.”

The main study here was focused on the workplace, and looked at the expectations of three groups (Gen Yers, 40-60 year olds, and seniors) as they related to workloads, salaries, and criticism. And wow, the Gen Yers really kicked ass, scoring almost double and triple their older counterparts when it came to a sense of entitlement. This is perhaps my favorite quote, from the study’s lead scientist, Paul Harvey (yeah, I know):

Even if they fail miserably at a job, they still think they’re great at it.

I think we all know someone like this, the kind of person who’s been told their entire lives—by hovering parents and coddling educators alike—that they’re special, that their every move warrants approbation. Well, I’m here to tell you all that YOU ARE NOT SPECIAL. Even your romantic flights of despair and your elated upswells of happiness are nothing but a rearrangement of the internal abacus, mere neurochemical squirts staining the inside of your mediocre brain, along with the brains of millions of your coevals. You are not a genius; in fact, you’re pretty tedious. You don’t deserve a raise, and you don’t deserve “a better life than your parents.” You need to work harder and pay more attention to the external world, and less attention to your own feelings, which are lying to you.

2 Comment

  • And get the hell off my lawn!

    Dang whipper snappers.

  • Not to sound New-Agey, but it could very well be the case that everyone is, in fact, “special,” and that what really causes the problems with this (my) generation, is that they’ve been taught to believe that this specialness should somehow correlate with, and be measured in, outward, worldly success, instead of being something more internal. The entire idea of “unrealistic expectations” seems to me to speak to a generation who believes that the things worth having in the world can be expected to come from outside themselves, outside their immediate relations and friends, and instead from businesses and institutions and organizations – structures which do not, in fact, owe them anything and which are, actually, cold, heartless and uncaring.

    Oooh… that does sound a bit New Agey…