Generation me… o la generación del yo

Recientemente salió publicado el libro Generation Me de la doctora Jean M. Twenge. El texto explora las toneladas de autoestima que tienen las generaciones más jóvenes y cómo esto incide en su entorno universitario y laboral. La autora comenta lo siguiente:

Generation Me describes anyone born in the 1970s, 1980s, or 1990s — in 2006, this means people between the ages of 7 and 36. These are today’s young people, those who take it for granted that the self comes first. I’m a member of this generation myself, born in 1971.

We live in a time when high self-esteem is encouraged from childhood, when young people have more freedom and independence than ever, but also far more depression, anxiety, cynicism, and loneliness. Today’s young people have been raised to aim for the stars at a time when it is more difficult than ever to get into college, find a good job, and afford a house. Their expectations are very high just as the world is becoming more competitive, so there’s a huge clash between their expectations and reality. More than any other generation in history, the children of Baby Boomers are disappointed by what they find when they arrive at adulthood. Generation Me will give Boomers new insight into their offspring, and help those in their teens, twenties, and thirties finally make sense of their generation.

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