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Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable Than Ever Before

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  2,453 ratings  ·  380 reviews
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
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by Atria Books (first published April 4th 2006)
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Katie
Feb 08, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
K
Mar 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
William Lawrence
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: social-science
I really appreciated The Narcissism Epidemic and thought it was a well written and researched book, so I was surprised to find myself disliking Generation Me. After setting up all these credible methods, studies, credentials, etc. early on in chapter 1 and the preface, Twenge seems to throw a lot of those elements away as the book progresses. What ruins that early credibility are the subjective opinionated observations (and hasty generalizations) that can't possibly come from any reasonable quan ...more
Sara
Dec 18, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
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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
Apr 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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Babiejenks
Aug 12, 2007 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
Dia
May 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Susan
Aug 20, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Rosanne
May 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
LibraryCin
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
What the author, a professor of psychology, calls “Generation Me” has also been referred to as “Millennials” and “Generation Y” – people born primarily in the 1980s and 1990s. She compares studies of three generations: Baby Boomers, Generation X and “GenMe”, with the focus on GenMe, and brings those statistics to this book. The statistics speak to averages and she also offers anecdotes that illustrate those averages she’s found in the statistics.

GenMe-ers have always been told they are special,
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Arianna
Jan 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
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
Jasmine
Jun 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
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
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Merissa
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
Julia
May 08, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
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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
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Amy Hansen
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting book that extensively goes over trends in different generations using survey results from massive data samples — often up in the 6 figure range. Some of the fun of this book was that it was so clearly dated itself. Contemplating what the name of Gen Y might be, she was pretty sure “millennial” wouldn’t stick. She was also writing right before the housing market crash, which was ironically obvious on occasion. My biggest complaint about this book is that she flipped back and forth bet ...more
Christy
Jan 14, 2014 rated it liked it
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
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Mike
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
Mindy
Dec 10, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Amalauna Brock
Oct 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
Okay, so at the beginning of the book I could easily pick up her bias, sarcasm, and some snarky undertones in this book. I kept reading because people I know have read and liked this book. I finally stopped reading.

I am not a millennial but I work with them every day in higher ed. I know how obnoxious they can be, but man! Twenge is on a high horse and some of the snark is unnecessary. (There's a line in Chapter 3 that basically states that life is going to suck forever for you if you grow up in
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Fishface
Jan 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: social-criticism
This is a pretty good description, as near as I can tell, of the current crop of young adults and the challenges they face in today's world. The author lacks insight into what her own generation might be good or bad at handling in the future -- she did not see the recession coming, for instance, or the bursting of the real-estate bubble that has changed everything for everyone. True to the self-involved type she describes, Twenge offers no insights into how GenMe interacts with those born in oth ...more
Emily
Jun 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2009-11
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
Alice
May 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jonna
Nov 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018
Interesting in the beginning, but too editorial in the last chapters. She started with siting actual studies and facts, but towards the end, many of the "facts" she sited to support her opinions were also opinions. Last of words like "probably", "might," "if", "would be." It sounded like she was presenting her platform for running for a political position rather than presenting substantiated findings.
Julie
Feb 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
Generation "me" -- in other words, Generation Jean.

I have heard that her scholarly research is credible, but this is a poorly supported, poorly written book. She projected herself into the text in ways that made me think that she was, indeed, simply looking for a venue for self-disclosure. Ugh.

Truly awful.
Yahaira
Mar 28, 2007 rated it really liked it
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.
Rachel Shahidzadeh
May 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
I found Dr. Twenge incredibly condescending and full of herself. She generalizes an entire generation of youth into a tiny little box, and doesn't leave room for variant. Really disliked her tone, and although a lot of what she said has merit, I just couldn't get past her attitude.
Chrissy
Sep 21, 2009 rated it did not like it
Pissed me off. Stopped after the first chapter. While I appreciate the author's intent to provide an unbiased look at the generation, I couldn't help but feel there was a heavy focus on the negative changes and reluctance to embrace and show the positive changes of the generation.
Tammy
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Informative, albeit depressing with choppy, rapid-fire conclusions and lots of numbers, numbers, numbers and not enough analysis.
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