The Impact On Society Of The Entitlement Effect

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The issue of entitlement elevated in the 1980’s and led to a whole generation of youth thinking someone owes them; migrating from the thought process ingrained in previous generations. This era generally has an exaggerated sense of self importance that is not commensurate with their actual level of achievement. Every generation changes, adjusts in many ways due to the influence from the previous generation. In an effort to co-exist, adult generations tend to relax or over adjust on morals, values, and ethics passed down from their parents. These are done passively with the intention to avoid hurt, to right a wrong, or to fix an injustice they feel was done in their childhood. Consequences of the entitlement effect span collectively from one end of the spectrum to the other in regards to the generation known as Gen Y, Millennials, or Net Gen. Although they all concede that the sense of entitlement exists, they disagree about the negative or positive impact it has on society.
Generation Y is filled with hedonism, narcissism, and a cavalier work ethic, and technology is second nature or virtually a sixth sense. (Alexander, Sysko 127) According to Wieczner “…college students scored 30% higher on the 40-item Narcissistic Personality Index in 2006 than they did in 1979.” Youth today are void of some of the values that were drummed into their grandparents, such as a strong work ethic and self-sacrifice. Youth have become lost in the relentless quest for self-fulfillment. Immediate gratification is the motto and technology is the weapon, contributing to the impacts on society with speedy and relentless negative effects of tweeting and posting on Facebook about consumer issues which has the retail market catering to this generation more than any previous one. (Wieczner) College professors are also finding a lack of drive, motivation, accountability, and the mentality that just being present in class should get them a “B”. These negative affects however, are contradicted and counterbalanced by their loyalty to individual managers, a commitment to idealistic corporate visions and values, and willingness to work hard despite their desire for immediate rewards and recognition. (Alexander, Sysko 127)
Some authors think the positive impacts Gen Y is having on society exceed the negative. Morley Winograd and Michael D. Hais discuss how the current Millenials are reshaping the workforce by having a positive impact on the position of labor and management in the U.S. economy and American politics. They are a civic generation-optimistic about societal structures and the future, with a tendency to be pragmatic about resolving problems. A generation that responds to fear, uncertainty, and doubt by attempting to better the world through public service, personal engagement, and demand for a transparent and responsive government. A unique blend of civic idealism and savvy pragmatism will enable them to overcome the internal culture...

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