Are young people today worse than ever?
Research says young people today are more narcissistic than ever First published: Friday 16 May 1: Narcissism for generations to come. Bart Sadowski According to new research, young people today are significantly more narcissistic than during the s and s.
Are we in the middle of a narcissism epidemic and, if so, who or what is to blame? The term narcissism comes from the Greek myth of Narcissus, the handsome young man who falls in love with his own reflection in a pool of water.
Narcissism is also a concept in psychoanalytic theory introduced by Freud, and it appears in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Psychiatry as narcissistic personality disorder. Professor Jean Twenge from San Diego State University points out that narcissism is distinct from the concept of self-esteem.
Professor Jean Twenge Professor Twenge had been studying self-esteem in young people when she teamed up with Keith Campbell, who specialises in narcissism. They joined forces to investigate whether people born in more recent generations score higher against narcissism measures than in previous generations.
They documented their findings in the book The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement. The tool they used to assess their subjects is the Narcissistic Personality Inventory, which was created in The Narcissistic Personality Inventory consists of 40 items.
On each item the respondent chooses whether they agree with one statement or another: Professor Twenge and Campbell analysed data from 15, American college students who responded to the Narcissistic Personality Inventory before Professor Twenge acknowledges that as part of their normal development and years-olds are generally self-focused and narcissistic, but she says they are a lot more narcissistic now than they were in previous generations.
They also found that men scored a little higher in narcissism than women, but women are catching up fast. Does curiosity trump happiness in the wellbeing stakes? In the area of vanity, for example, they observe that plastic surgery rates in the US have gone through the roof since the late s.
Even invasive procedures such as breast augmentation or liposuction have increased two or three times over this time period. There is a greater drive to be unique, to stand out rather than fit in.
This is evident in the names that people give their children.
They drew from the Social Security Administration database of all American names going back to the s and found that in recent decades parents are much less likely to give their children common names and more likely to give them unique names.
They also observed a change in relationships. More and more babies are born to unmarried couples rather than to married couples. The latest data from for entering university students here in the US, 82 per cent say that that is an important life goal.
Professor Twenge cites a number of studies that have found that people who score high in narcissism have more friends on Facebook. It certainly does not mean that everybody on Twitter or Facebook is high in narcissism, but there is a correlation between those who have more Facebook friends and narcissism.
Inside the minds of psychopaths According to Professor Twenge, there are likely a number of drivers for the rise of narcissism, including easy bank loans, celebrity culture and the internet.
The small correlation between self-esteem and, say, children getting good grades is almost all due to things like family background. The children who come from a nice stable middle-class home have higher self-esteem and do better.
More This [series episode segment] has image, and transcript The evidence is also starting to build for this rise in narcissism beyond America and the west, in countries like China.
Professor Twenge points to a study of the fears of Finnish teens that compared the s to now. It found the teenagers in the s were much more concerned with global concerns, while teens today are much more likely to mention personal fears like loneliness or unemployment.Children under age 2 should have no screen time.
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A survey by Pew Research Center on American millennials in adulthood found that only 26% say “I do” between the ages of 18 and 32, compared to 36% of Generation X.
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