Millennials: The Me Me Me Generation by Joel Stein The term Millennials (also known as generation Y) generally refers to the generation born in the years between 1980 and 2000. As a member of this generation, it’s interesting to read about the thoughts that professionals have about us. The Millennial generation has many issues and many advantages, both of which are addressed in Joel Stein’s, “Millennials: The Me Me Me Generation.” In this review, I will be discussing the points of the article, offer a comparison to the textbook and pen a personal response to the article. What are Millennials all about?
Joel Stein begins his article by addressing one of the major problems plaguing the Millennial generation, narcissism. According to the National Institute of Health, people in their twenties are three times more likely to have Narcissistic Personality Disorder than people over 65 years of age. Millennials have a tendency to crave popularity and social status. The majority of them would take a job that offered social status rather than a better paying, senior position in a successful business. From 1992 to 2002, the innate feeling of social and personal responsibility has experienced a drastic twenty percent drop. Technology has more than opened the door for a self-centered, self-absorbed lifestyle. Most internet websites began as sites for actual social media and information sharing. However, the millennial generation has turned sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram into a network of self-promotion. Beyond these sites, the majority of new applications that are being generated are geared towards personal glorification. All of these technologies result in less and less time spent in actual social interaction and social responsibility. Websites, apps, blogs, and “social media” now consume their time and occupy their attention. The exclusiveness of interaction through the screens of...
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