Lumping together Gen-X and Y under the moniker “GenMe,” psychologist Jean Twenge argues that those born after 1970 are more self-centered, more disrespectful of authority and more depressed than ever before.
“Why are younger Americans so miserable?”
” ‘Twenge said today’s young people scored low [on need for] …for social approval. For example, the average sixth-grade child scored lower than 72 percent of children from the 1960s. The average college student in 2001 scored lower than 62 percent of college students from 1958.
“When you’re less concerned with what other people think of you, you’re more likely to do things like blast your car stereo or talk loudly on your cell phone in a library or waiting room,” Twenge said….’ “