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A Generalization Of A Generation Essay

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   The term “millennials” has gotten a lot of attention recently. Millennial is a word given to the younger generations, meaning that they are considered more lazy, more selfish and more over confident than all generations previous to them. The baby boomer generation, has declared that the generation of the 90’s fits the stereotype of a millennial. Some argue that the over use of video games and text messages are to blame. People are so absorbed in creating an extension of our own lives and become obsessed with building an empire around ourselves. With Facebook and Twitter we are able to “market” ourselves. We choose how we look and act on social media. Bringing in the other characteristic of a millennial, we are considered to some as the most over confident generation. Joel Stein and Elspeth Reeve each wrote an article on this subject. Although they debated different points, each author makes a valid argument. Our generation is being generalized into one word “A millennial.” One generation is filled with many individuals, each individual having traits making them unique. It is unfair and close-minded for the older generations to make a basic assumption about an entire generation of people.
Joel Stein wrote an article titled, “"Millennials: The Me Me Me Generation." In his article he argues that he believes the term millennials and all that it stands for, is an adequate word to describe the generation of today. Stein refers to this generation of millennials as the “me generation.” He believes that children nowadays are raised to believe that they are the most important thing to walk this planet. As they age their homes are filled with photos and videos of them. Everywhere you turn it is about them. They have been put on a pedestal and raised higher than their own achievements. For example, kids receive trophies for just participating in sports nowadays. They no longer have to work hard or be determined in order to gain appraisal. Stein uses statistics to back up his argument. He references a study done on narcissistic personality disorder. The results of the test showed that 58% of college students scored highly on the narcissistic personality scale. Proving his argument valid, that the generation of today is about “me me me.”
However, not everyone has the same outlook on this subject as Joel Stein. For example, in her article, “Every Every Every Generation Has Been the Me Me Me Generation,” Elspeth Reeve argues Joel Stein’s point of view on this topic. Reeve’s opens her argument by stating that, “the Baby Boomers…created the "Me Decade" in the 1970s, and who coined the phrase, "But enough about me… what do you think about me?" She bases her argument on her opinion that the “me generation” has always been present throughout history. She believes that every young generation is narcissistic, but once they grow out of it, they begin to call the younger generations what they once were. It is an endless cycle. She believes that when we are...

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