“Here are some broad descriptions about the generation known as Millennials: They’re narcissistic. They’re lazy. They’re coddled. They’re even a bit delusional.
Those aren’t just unfounded negative stereotypes about 80 million Americans born roughly between 1980 and 2000. They’re backed up by a decade of sociological research. The National Institutes of Health found that for people in their 20s, Narcissistic Personality Disorder is three times as high than the generation that’s 65 or older. In 1992, 80 percent of people under 23 wanted to one day have a job with greater responsibility; ten years later, 60 percent did. Millennials received so many participation trophies growing up that 40 percent of them think they should be promoted every two years – regardless of performance. They’re so hopeful about the future you might think they hadn’t heard of something called the Great Recession.”
The Me Generation
Well, they’re right about the “save us all” part, anyway.
Okay, like…what total fucking assholes. Actually we HAVE heard of the Great Recession! In fact, that’s WHY we live with our parents! And I don’t actually know ANYONE in that age bracket who is optimistic about the future. And I’m not sure how wanting a job with greater responsibility makes you narcissistic. My last job was as a barista. You’re telling me I shouldn’t want a job with greater responsibility than making coffee and being nice to people when they were mean? And none of the people I have ever worked with EXPECTED to get promoted regardless of performance. They either didn’t care about being promoted, or they expected to get promoted by working hard to show that they were more competent than everyone else.
Go fuck yourself, Time.
P.S. Want millenials to stop thinking about themselves so much? Then maybe you should make Syria or Bangladesh the cover story instead of whining about how your kids are annoying.
Also all those statistics at the beginning are a GREAT example of knowledge production and Time just basically throwing numbers at us because people respect “the numbers”
Has anyone actually read this article in its entirety (and not just the headline or first few sentences)?
The whole point of the article is that despite some rather unflattering data, our generation is actually lauded by Joel Stein, the author. One of the reasons the recent recession lingered for so long is market pessimism, which is a trend that people in our age group appear to be bucking (which is what he is addressing by highlighting the increasing optimism among youngsters).
It’s difficult to argue that we’re not self-centered and narcissistic when the immediate reaction to this front page was thousands of healthy kids in first-world countries with homes and internet access immediately complaining about how nightmarishly difficult their own lives are and thus how this scandalous headline is wrong. The scenario on tumblr is just made funnier by the fact that people on here endlessly blog gifs which humorously highlight their laziness or self-indulgence, and then something like this appears in the news and they’re all up-in-arms.