Generation Me

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Gutierrez 1
Melisa Gutierrez
SOC.120
Tuesday 7:00-9:55 pm
Paper 1
“Generation Me”
In the book “Generation Me”, written by Jean Twenge, she explains how we live in a time when high self-esteem is encouraged from childhood, when young adults have more freedom and independence than they ever had, but also in a world where depression and anxiety is more common. Nowadays young adults are raised with a big ego to “shoot for the stars”, yet what they don’t know is that it’s more difficult now to get a job, support a family, to go to college. Soon there faced with the truth between their expectations and the reality of life. More than any other generation in our history, the children of Baby Boomers are disappointed by what they find when they arrive at their adulthood. Generation Me is giving Baby Boomers an insight into their off springs, and help those in their teens, twenties, and thirties finally make sense of what their generation is becoming.

Twenge gives examples of how culture and pop culture influence and reflects on “GenMe”. The films, “Bend it like Beckham”, “Pleasantville”, and “The Majestic”, demonstrates the “interlocking changes: the fall of social rules and the rise of the individual”(pg.22). The acknowledgment of these different type of culture shifts emerged from GenMe, but also argues that previous generations were trying to cultivate into the new phases of generations. But GenMe children were already born with this cultural assumption. “Unlike the Baby Boomers who learned these new standards as adults, GenMe takes these attitudes for granted and always has”(pg. 24). Millennia’s have grown up in a culture that puts “more focus on the self” and emphasis individualism which reflects on their social behavior, personality traits, and attitudes.

Among the members of GenMe, they believe in a saying “there is no specific right way to do things in life”, which plays out a variety of ways. This generation has not embraced the rules of etiquette...
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