The New Greatest Generation-- Or Naw?

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Kate Topham


English 10H, Period 6

28 February 2014

The New Greatest Generation- Or Naw?

There has been much debate about whether the generation of millennials will rise to the challenges of adulthood. Many of the generation's elders see them as technology-obsessed, as they cannot seem to leave their phones or stop scrolling down social media sites. Besides that, those social media sites are filled with pictures of themselves. Selfies plague Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Joel Stein expresses his view on the subject, explaining that all this narcissism and technological obsession is something millennials have adapted to, instead of having caused it. He does this to make the point that older generations and most importantly, the millennials' parents, should not be so hard on these typical teenagers.

Teenagers are used to being called lazy and inwardly focused, as they seem to easily brush off such categorizations. They might ask, "Does the older generation really know any better?" Now, Joel Stein has brought proof to the table.

He exclaims, "I have studies! I have statistics!" (28) This must hit some teens hard as they are faced with facts such as, "The incidence of narcissistic personality disorder is nearly three times as high for people in their 20s as for the generation that's now 65 or older, according to the National Institutes of Health" (28), or maybe, "three times as many middle school girls want to grow up to be a personal assistant to a famous person as want to be a Senator, according to a 2007 survey; four times as many would pick the assistant job over CEO of a major corporation" (28). Providing this evidence and much more, Steinbeck does not feel the need to hold back as he claims millennials, "lack the kind of empathy that...