Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable Than Ever Before

Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled--and More Miserable Than Ever Before

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by Jean M. Twenge

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ISBN-10: 0743276981

ISBN-13: 2900743276985

Pub. Date: 03/06/2007

Publisher: Atria Books

A revealing examination of the generation born between the 1970s and the 1990s, called “The Entitlement Generation,” gives Boomers new insight into their offspring and help those in their teens, 20s, and 30s find their road to happiness.

Called “The Entitlement Generation” or Gen Y, they are storming into schools, colleges, and


A revealing examination of the generation born between the 1970s and the 1990s, called “The Entitlement Generation,” gives Boomers new insight into their offspring and help those in their teens, 20s, and 30s find their road to happiness.

Called “The Entitlement Generation” or Gen Y, they are storming into schools, colleges, and businesses all over the country. In this provocative new book, headline-making psychologist and social commentator Dr. Jean Twenge explores why the young people she calls “Generation Me”—those born in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s—are tolerant, confident, open-minded, and ambitious but also cynical, depressed, lonely, and anxious.

Herself a member of Generation Me, Dr. Twenge uses findings from the largest intergenerational research study ever conducted—with data from 1.3 million respondents spanning six decades—to reveal how profoundly different today’s young adults are. Here are the shocking truths about this generation, including dramatic differences in sexual behavior, as well as controversial predictions about what the future holds for them and society as a whole. Her often humorous, eyebrow-raising stories about real people vividly bring to life the hopes and dreams, disappointments, and challenges of Generation Me.

GenMe has created a profound shift in the American character, changing what it means to be an individual in today’s society. The collision of this generation’s entitled self-focus and today’s competitive marketplace will create one of the most daunting challenges of the new century. Engaging, controversial, prescriptive, funny, Generation Me will give Boomers new insight into their offspring, and help those in their teens, 20s, and 30s finally make sense of themselves and their goals and find their road to happiness.

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1 You Don't Need Their Approval: The Decline of Social Rules

2 An Army of One: Me

3 You Can Be Anything You Want to Be

4 The Age of Anxiety (and Depression, and Loneliness): Generation Stressed

5 Yeah, Right: The Belief That There's No Point in Trying

6 Sex: Generation Prude Meets Generation Crude

7 The Equality Revolution: Minorities, Women, and Gays and Lesbians

8 Applying Our Knowledge: The Future of Business and the Future of the Young





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Generation Me 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book completely made me rethink about our individualistic culture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I began reading this book while working on a project for class. Even though the information in this book was a very small part of my project, I found myself reading the entire thing. Jean Twenge puts a really fun spin on some serious generational issues. Yes, I am a part of "Generation Me" and proud of it. This book made me laugh at myself and also gave me some insight into the generation of my parents (the Baby Boomers). This book is quite a delightful read as it is informative as well as funny. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was informative and was very appealing to me. I had to choose a book for my senior project at school and this book caught my eye. After reading the back of it because I wanted to make sure it was something id like to read I decided to choose it and I red it. Upon reading I found out about some pretty odd stuff even to me who is apparently a part of this "Generation Y". I have never participated or even heard of a "rainbow party" and I do not think I am special over somebody else. I do feel this book is somewhat a statement of the authors opinion over fact and it lumps this generation together due to a small group who the author has talked about. There is some fact however to some of the things stated in the book such as stress and marriages. If I could recommend this book to someone I definitely would.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used this book as a textbook in my college research class. My students could not stop talking about it. Very well researched and well written, it is an interesting read as well. My students told me that this was not only one book that they would not be 'selling back to the bookstore', but that they would be leaving it 'around' for their parents to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When coaching managers on how to assimilate the newest generation into the workplace, I add this book to their reading list. Gen Y has upset the balance in organizations, and management must understand where these new professionals are coming from. One thing is certain, they are not going to change! Dr. Twenge does a great job of describing what this generation looks like, what they want and what they need. Unlike other authors, she has the courage to point out not just the good and the bad, but also the ugly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! Dr. Twenge has provided an entertaining in-your-face book about the values we are teaching our children. Her ability to weave fact into a coherent and entertaining storyline is incredible. I see examples of Dr. Twenge's research everyday. This book has really helped me understand others' values. Thank you Dr. Twenge
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a lot of fun to read. It discusses topics ranging from the self-esteem movement to changes in dating behaviors to general attitude changes (and much more) over the past several decades while incorporating many pop culture references. Every time I pick up this book I keep reading because every page has an interesting statistic on it. It's refreshing to see a book about generations that uses so much actual hard data to back up its claims.
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Illuminating, but breezy in style, not enough critical analysis and references. Somewhat unsettling, but a must read to gain some understanding of where our civilization is heading culturally. Should be read together with the classic: "The Lonely Crowd" by David Riesman.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very excited about reading this book for a theological class. As a Member as what Jean M. Twenge dubs as ¿Generation Me¿ I was thrilled to learn about shifts in society that occur as different generations take command. In the beginning chapters Twenge discusses the Groupieness of the Baby Boomers which had started in the 60¿s. our generations values independence and individualism. What really makes Generation Me such a convincing book is how Twenge presents her theories which are well refined. She does not only make her theories convincing but also provides more then ample statical information to back them up. All of her stastical information has come from proven evaluations created by some of the best Behavioral Specialists to have ever lived. In the final chapters of the book, Twenge recommends several solutions we can deploy to fix the flaws in our ¿Generation Me¿ which is, creating nationalized child daycare, extending public school into the college years and pushing back the start of a school day to 9 AM. Although her solutions are convincing, I question the relevance of this to the main theme. Rather, she is complaining about how she believes that college graduates can not make enough money out of school to raise a family at the average age of 30 because the cost of living is simply too expensive. She describes our new generation as one expecting privilege and entitlement, ironically she proves it though her asinine solutions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You know this is about the 8th book on Generation Y that I have read. Thus far the only book that offers any solutions to the way kids act and behave today is a book titled 'Save Generations Y and Z' by Hopkins. If you are a parent and want solutions or ideas, start there first.
Tunguz More than 1 year ago
As many of other reviewers have pointed out, this is an interesting book with a good premise, but ultimately frustrating and full of shortcomings. The basic premise of the book, that the recent generation of people is more self-centered and self-confident, is well argued in the first few chapters of the book, with plenty of empirical evidence and detailed statistical analysis. If book had focused on those claims and chapters, it would have been very convincing and interesting. Unfortunately, Twenge takes off after that in all sorts of directions, talking about all the ways that the culture and society have changed in the past couple of decades. Some of that stuff is interesting, some of it is rather trite and familiar to anyone who has not been living under a rock over that time period. The book loses focus, and never recovers to the quality of the earlier chapters. This could have been a much better book had the author focused on a much narrower set of issues. This way, it still makes for an interesting read, but not something I would necessarily go out of my way to recommend others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many books are written talking about the drastic change in culture in recent years. "Generation Me" is one such book, that makes a comprehensive attempt to explain why the younger generations of today are different from what once was. However, I feel that this book misses the point. It goes into great depth and research regarding the most recent generations change from the typical beliefs of society into something completely new. Though this can be useful and points out many key points of this generation, it seems to focus almost entirely on the negative. By doing this, the author sets a condescending tone that can put off the reader. It also often makes the comparison that many of the bad things that are happening in the time of "Generation Me" were not in the time of previous generations. This allows me to infer that the author feels that the previous generations are better and this newest generation is inferior. Being placed within the definition of this so called generation, I felt insulted by these assertions. This leads me to bring up the fact that this book hardly, if ever, brought up any positives about this generation. It often suggested things that most would consider positive such as individuality, and self-respect, but always provides them with a negative connotation. This book lead me to believe that the author is greatly troubled by the younger generation and that they believe there are few if any positives about it. I feel the author is wrong in this assertion and that she should stop living in the past and cherish the present.
Ashiee121xoxo More than 1 year ago
I just recently read this book. I was born in the 90's. I do feel in a way the author, Jean Twenge, Is bashing the younger generations, because when your young you do need incouragement if your going to get anywhere, and I feel that Jean Twenge is saying that Generation Me is lazy, and that we won't get anywhere if we don't get over our self- rightious attitudes! I did not like the book because of that acpect.