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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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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 ambiti ...more
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Published March 6th 2007 by Atria Books (first published 2006)
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As a fellow Gen Xer, I looked forward to reading this book. Generation Me started out with a bang and ended on a sour note. The extensive research and results that Twenge quotes in the first few chapters is impressive, albeit redundant. She makes a solid case displaying the factors behind the current sense of entitlement and subsequent depression of today's Gen Xers.

However, things begin to fall apart halfway through the book. The reader begins to get a sense that the author is working backward
This book was all over the place. Twenge makes a few good points, but mostly it seems like about halfway through she forgot what her point was. While she starts out arguing that our generation (which spans birth years from about 1970 to...the present, it seems) is selfish and needs to get over itself, somehow by the end she is arguing for mandatory government funded preschool for 3 year olds. And ranting about how at least we're more tolerant of gays. And frantically throwing out as many pop cul ...more
Mar 31, 2010 K rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Curmudgeons like me!
I remember watching "Reality Bites" on video with some friends in college. Supposedly this was THE Generation X movie, and as someone with a 1973 birthdate, I was a solid Gen-X-er. Whatever that means. I remember the characters' cynicism and aimlessness, and I suspect the movie was pretty aimless as well because I don't remember a single thing about the plot (mostly, I remember debating with myself over whether Ethan Hawke's goatee was scruffily cool or just plain off-putting). I never really un ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
"Generation Me" is the "new" name for those of us born between 1970 and 2000, so named because we "put ourselves first". Now, you might think that with all these quotation marks I'm sounding snide and feeling defensive, but actually I found it perfectly apt - with a few qualifiers. The name fills a label gap that follows the short-lived "Generation X", those born in the late 1960s to the 1970s. Generation Me, in contrast, covers a longer time period and encapsulates a bigger, more encapsulating ...more
Wendy Jackson
May 29, 2008 Wendy Jackson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People in their 20-30's or people who work with such people.
Recommended to Wendy by: Karen Bullock
Shelves: science
Reading this book was, for me, like looking in a mirror. I was born in 1974 so I fit into the group the author calls Generation Me. As I read the book, I repeatedly thought, "Yes, that's exactly how I think about that issue," and usually the reasons she gave for why GenMe thinks/acts a certain way, were my reasons as well.

The book explores lots of areas in which GenMes differ from Boomers, from our view of work including what kind we want and how much of our lives they are willing to give to it
Aug 12, 2007 Babiejenks added it
Recommends it for: no one
generation me has a promising start. i can dig the whole, the self-esteem education approach has developed a generation with a heightened predisposition for narcissism bit. as the daughter of a moscow conservatory-trained violist, i have been hearing my mother complaining for the past two decades about how american students (as opposed to european and asian ones) are totally incapable of dealing with criticism. with a music instrument there is no "A for Effort." you either hit the right note, or ...more
Sara Cat
Conservative rant in the guise of research.

How did this book irritate me? Let me count the ways. I read it after it was highly recommended by friends who share more or less my birth year and are members of what the author has termed "Generation Me." The book is touted as a culmination of years of research into generational attitudes, but is in fact a series of rants, logical fallacy, sarcasm, and snark. I found myself furious from page to page - and ended up marking pages to let the book speak f
Sep 01, 2007 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gen X, Gen Y, Millenials and those who love/emply them
This book is not, thankfully, a "kids today!" diatribe. The author is firmly rooted in Gen-Me (anyone born post 1960, it seems) and examines her own prejudices, expectations, entitlements as she asks the reader to do. If you grew up accepting "Free to Be You and Me" as nothing new--perfectly obvious that mommies are people and can be firemen and that you shouldn't put your horse in a dress--then this book is about you.

Gen-Me is not necessarily about selfishness (though can be a result), but it's
Before I even read this book -- just upon reading reviews of it -- I was gleefully using it to support long-pent-up rants aimed at the younger people I work with. (Behind their backs, of course. And I really do love them. But.) As I began reading it, though, the rants melted into sadness...and more sadness...and finally outright anxiety on behalf of the folks it describes, which actually (though not technically) include myself. The research is sound, and the prognostications are not pretty. Stil ...more
Apparently young people today are depressed and selfish. They won't be as monetarily successful as their parents, but they don't realize that until well into their 30s because they spend their 20s pursuing their unattainable dreams and still being supported by their parents. Does this book generalize? Yes. Is some of this common sense? Yes. It is interesting? Yes, but still, she never explored any one topic in great length and the book seemed to me like a glorified list of differences between ge ...more
Just like apparently everyone born after 1974, I had unrealistic expectations...for this book. And they were met with an unfulfilling reality. It started out strong and quickly devolved into the author's thinly veiled ranting about her dissatisfaction with her own career, financial situation, relationships, and female triple burden. The chapter on rising social equality was poorly researched (and, some studies would indicate, antithetical to trends in social equality) and I couldn't get over 1. ...more
Okay this is one of those books that I want to give a totally high rating cause it was a good old time, but I feel a little dirty rating it this high because it is also academics pandering for the modern dollar. I know, I'm complaining about academics with horrible grammar but hell this is the internet.

This book is great it obviously has a lot of great research behind it. However, a lot of the research is not fully fleshed out and replaced with stories. Think of it like saying I did this gigant
I should have been taking notes; I'm never going to remember everything I wanted to say about this book. But it definitely found itself cropping up in conversations I had throughout the duration - and I'd imagine that will continue, even now that I'm done reading. I was intrigued by the idea that we ("Generation Me") have possibly been ruined by being told from an early age that we are all special snowflakes. And by being told we could be ANYTHING we wanted to be. I always thought that was such ...more
An impressive undertaking! The author dug up tens of thousands of peer-reviewed studies that used the same standardized surveys on personal and cultural beliefs in order to look at changes over time. Mostly comparing Baby Boomers and what she terms 'Generation Me' (born between 1970 and 2000), she presents some amazing findings and some interesting theories.

The main reasons for my score are:

1. Redundancy in the text

2. Narrow view of the results (i.e. I feel like some of her findings could have b
This is a very interesting look at the generation variously known as Generation Y or the Millennials. The author does not give a precise range of years that would define this cohort, and sometimes seems to include younger members of the previous generation (Generation X), but most sources would define them as those born from about 1982 to 2000. The great strength of this book is that it compares the Millennials to previous generations not by relying on anecdotes but by looking at personality te ...more
Okay, honestly I didn't quiet finish this book-I skimmed the last 50 pages. Although I did find it interesting, it wasn't a very easy or fun read. I understand why the author includes me in the "Gen Me" group, but I am right on the cusp of not being included-and my personal view on life does not put me in this group. The culture from 1970 and forward is so different from previous generations. Technology has made almost anything instant. We don't have to save or wait for anything. Growing up as a ...more
Full disclosure: I was born in 1981, so that puts me squarely in the middle of Generation Me, though I identify much more with Generation X than with the Millennials. My review is surely inherently biased due to my age. That said, I had mixed thoughts and feelings about this book. After the first chapter or so, I found myself scrawling messages in the margins.

The first couple of chapters seemed more disdainful towards my generation than did later chapters. I'm not sure whether it was an intenti
Skylar Burris
For a condensed version of the longer review below, click here .

Twenge defines “Generation Me” as anyone born from 1970 to 2000, which includes what is otherwise known as Generation X, Generation Y, and Generation Z. I do appreciate that she expanded her label to encompass many years, since I was getting tired of hearing a new generation named every other month. (My brother once said to me, “In MY generation…” Dude, we have the same parents. Doesn’t that sort of make us the same generation by de
I thought this book contained a lot of good insight into the current generation, but there was not enough appliction as to how to deal with challenges (only about 10% of the book). There's loads of information as to why "Gen Me" is they way they are & how they got that way - interesting stuff. But as a "Gen Me-er" (born in 1982) I think this book painted a terribly unfair picture of my generation. In many ways I think it's too early to categorize/doom us. Most of us have lived only 1/4th our ...more
Quite difficult to put down, and a very enlightening look at how media, parenting, and scholastic influences created a very spoiled, entitled generation. Its title says it all. Through a mix of personal experience, hard research data, stories from various sources, etc, Twenge deftly analyzes the most complex generation to ever exist. I recognize much of her analysis in myself and peers. All teachers in higher education (and elementary schools) should read this book. Have we been spoiled to death ...more
Gwendoline Van
At times infuriating in tone and too personal, this book was nonetheless revealing and insightful when it comes to explaining the generations. As someone born on the cusp of Y and X, now become Millennial, this is the first time I solidly see myself reflected within the confines of a specific generation.

Twenge looks at the ideology and mindset that shaped my generation, those born in the 70s through 90s, and explains how we are the way we are ... and, dang, it stings. Squarely a product of the
This book should be required reading for all. It thoroughly explains why people born between the years of 1980 and 2004 are so self-centered and unrealistic in terms of life goals and expectations. It also gives people insight on how to counter the effects of being raised in a time of inflated self esteem curriculum and harsh economic environment.

I started reading this book to understand a peer of mine who seemed overly confident in his ability to do everything wrong. He is wildly self centered
Alexander Fitzgerald
I’ve been fascinated with the idea lately that an attitude of entitlement is what sinks 90% of professional players. My unsubstantiated claim was always supported by the hundreds of MTTers I spoke to daily; the ones from war torn or socioeconomically-challenged countries seemed to last the longest and be the happiest about their new situation.

I just read this book called Generation Me about what exactly stifles the growth of young Americans. Mrs. Jean M. Twenge makes a very convincing argument t
Charissa Wilkinson
I received this book as part of the Goodreads First Reads Program for a fair review.

Overview: Dr. Twenge decided to share how the Millennials are different from Gen X and the Boomers. The hope is that the employers, families, and schools can figure out how to work with them.

Likes: D. Twenge gave quite a few references, an appendix, examples both from the generation itself and popular culture in order to explain what makes “GenMe” (I hate that name) tick.

Dislikes: The problem isn’t the self-estee
I thought this book was interesting. I picked it up because I usually read fiction but I am trying to include more non-fiction in my reading and according to the author, Jean Twenge, I am a member of GenMe, so what the hell.

This book started out really good, really hopeful and positive about GenMe-ers but about after the introduction everything just went downhill. Everything just seemed to get worse and worse for this generation and the out-look was bleak. Most of the information was outdated wh
Natalie Schriefer
Generation Me is a thought-provoking presentation of Jean M. Twenge's research on generational differences. Twenge neither rants about today's kids nor completely empathizes with them; this balance helps hold the reader's interest. She cites a number of studies to back up her theories, and I see echoes of the truth in her data in both myself and my friends (I'm an early '90's baby). That being said, I also saw a lot of differences between what she said and what I see happening around me; examin ...more
I am currently reading it and honestly it's scary the way that she breaks down our thought processes and how much of the ideals we hold are all products of our generation. Especially interesting to read if you're currently undergoing a quarterlife crisis, poses interesting theories on why.
Sep 12, 2014 Jenn rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf
DNF! DNF! They need a DNF button! I almost always finish a book regardless how much I dread it but this one I can't pick up again without wanting to throw it. The first 2 chapters were good and then... well, I don`t know what happened after that. There were some interesting points made with some studies and facts to back up her points, but then a lot of speculation was made by the author where she may have run out of facts to back up her theories.

She is supposed to be a part of this generation,
I saw Dr. Twenge give a conference regarding academic dishonesty in higher education and how it has gotten worse because younger generations don't see much wrong with cheating to get where they want to go. She mentioned two of her books during the conference and I decided to get them because I found the subject matter interesting. This one pretty much tries to back up all those "in my day things were different" people always say with actual research. Sometimes said research validates the ideas, ...more
This is turning out to be a pretty interesting book. It is basically a study on the current cohort of Americans that were born after 1970 and before 1990. Its a pretty decent read thus far.
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