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2013-01-13 12:14:14 PM  
10 votes:
We already DID breed a generation of deluded narcissists. They're the "American Exceptionalism" "Prosperity Gospel" types.

The parents of the kids he's angry about.
2013-01-13 12:19:20 PM  
6 votes:
Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers."

-Attributed to Socrates.

Or, in short, STFU you old hack.
2013-01-13 01:15:43 PM  
5 votes:
Agreed 100% with the writer.

I noticed changes back when morons decided that a simple spanking of your child was basically a felony. (Please note: a spanking is NOT a beating.)

20 years later, I got to see the 'no spank' generation enter the work place, along with the 'No Child Left Behind' group, the 'Children's Rights' cluster and the 'everybody wins' crowd.

Shortly after, our economy tanked, business practices changed for the worst, interest rates soared past those set by the Federal Government as racketeering and a whole new group of predatory companies opened up, taking advantage of the poor. It stunned me when, at the beginning of the housing boom, people lined up to buy places which were obviously hyper inflated in price.

I was around when we churned out more lawyers than physicians, because it's easier to make a bundle of cash in less time with less effort by twisting the law. I watched the loyal, long term Company Employee suddenly become expendable. Idiots now could access the stock market from home and these Paper Tigers crashed it at least once by depending on technology they didn't understand.

I also watched the devaluation of human life and our educational system become f**ked up nearly beyond belief.

I never thought I'd see the day when people would be moronic enough to drive 1500 lbs of machine at 70 mph on a crowded highway -- not looking at the road because they're texting. Then again, I never expected a car to cost as much as a three bedroom house did in the 60's.

Times are changing and Stupid is becoming the norm.
2013-01-13 12:37:19 PM  
5 votes:
facebook doesn't encourage narcissism. It lets people who were already narcissistic continue to be
2013-01-13 12:53:57 PM  
4 votes:
Why are there more spoiled brats on campus? Partly because we're getting to the point where only spoiled brats can afford to go to college straight out of high school. Consider that the numbers of working class and poor students going to college has been falling year after year, and that for "diversity" universities have simply starting admitting more spoiled brats from China and India. So perhaps then a partial solution is to get more poor and working class students on campus? That would dilute the spoiled brat pool and gee, might even prime the pump of social mobility in this country.
2013-01-13 12:51:33 PM  
4 votes:
FTA: All the while, these adolescents, teens and young adults are watching a Congress that can't control its manic, euphoric, narcissistic spending, a president that can't see his way through to applauding genuine and extraordinary achievements in business, a society that blames mass killings on guns, not the psychotic people who wield them, and-here no surprise-a stock market that keeps rising and falling like a roller coaster as bubbles inflate and then, inevitably, burst

So in an article bemoaning the narcissistic generation that demands validation of their dubious achievements, the article calls out the president for not "applauding" business and validating their dubious achievements.
2013-01-13 12:22:44 PM  
4 votes:
Also, you're biatching about how your children are raising your grandchildren. Logically, the failure was with your generation because you raised these supposedly excessively indulgent parents. The fault is entirely yours.

But I've long since learned that members of the Greediest Generation are unable to accept any blame for their own mistakes.
2013-01-13 02:05:31 PM  
3 votes:

AcneVulgaris: To be fair, if you just shut up and work, somebody else will take the credit and you'll get laid off at the end of the project. Things don't work the way they used to. You put in your time, pay your dues, and get shiatcanned in favor of the next guy that isn't expecting anything. is a flaming narcissist who knows exactly how to groom the people he needs to get ahead.


What I've seen. The world rewards narcissists. And no, "karma" doesn't come to get them. They flourish, and the regular, un-self-centered people get thrown under the bus. Since most of us have already been rewarded for our egocentric behavior, for a couple of generations now, by having a very high standard of living, lots of possessions, and an easy life, why would anyone think it's a bad thing?

And if we ever doubt ourselves, why, we can just indulge ourselves in some retail therapy or think about what miraculous new product we need next, and whew, after we get done with that--who has time to care about what we're doing to other people?  I NEED to be this way to get ahead.
2013-01-13 01:09:25 PM  
3 votes:
Almost all religions are based on deluded narcissism. The delusions are

1. God exists
2. People are so important that God gives a shiat about them
3. People are so important that when they worship God it makes him feel good.
2013-01-13 12:58:11 PM  
3 votes:
Old farts picking on youth - I'm shocked. Come meet my narcissist sociopath 82 yr old mum. Fully convinced she has never been wrong about anything, unable to apologize to anyone regardless of her guilt, will tell you it's her place in life to tell people what they need to hear because someone has to. Children are as you made them, for the most part.

Personality flaws, mental illness and poor parenting is nothing new. Leave the farking kids alone. I had attitude galore in my youth too. Sadly we didn't have hand held gadgets of convenience with computing power that surpassed what landed men on the moon in the 1960's. And back in my day we had to put up with musicians that had talent. Lawn, offs.

Two stupid things: Ugg boots. Honey, you think truly unattractive overpriced boots are complimenting you or telling the world you are fashionable or cute? Silly girl. It says "I'm a sheep unable to think outside social pressure and advertising". #2: Those that have yet to catch on that wearing your blouse sticking out the bottom of your sweater is a good look. Holy Christ sister, buy a farking mirror. Better yet, just pull yer head out yer arse and buy yourself some common sense instead of Ugg boots.

PS: love you kids, you make me happy with your chocolatey goodness. wish i was young again, i loved to fark.
2013-01-13 12:30:48 PM  
3 votes:

LasersHurt: We already DID breed a generation of deluded narcissists. They're the "American Exceptionalism" "Prosperity Gospel" types.


Or, as history knows them, the Baby Boomers.
2013-01-13 06:29:29 PM  
2 votes:
Do they feel entitled to raise a family with a stay-at-home parent and only one breadwinner?
Entitled to attend college without crushing debt?
Or maybe they feel entitled to medical care?
2013-01-13 05:19:01 PM  
2 votes:

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: boobsrgood: The public school system in America is a training camp for dysfunctional personality traits. Narcissism is one of the least destructive among them. By the third grade, they are already programmed for a lifetime of overconsumption, cowardice, blind obedience, substance abuse, and kowtowing to violence.

I don't think it's the public schools, but society in general.


I'm with you and optional about blaming in absolutes, but a large part of our society is the result of our public school system. We hand kids over for 8 hours a day, for 13 years. They end up with the lowest literacy rate in the first world, nonexistent critical thinking skills, low creativity, a social order based on violence, and then...military recruiters show up. Surely education is only ostensibly their primary function, or they wouldn't be so pathetically bad at it.
2013-01-13 01:02:21 PM  
2 votes:
Oh, way to go Mr. Article Writer Guy, use Pogo and don't even attribute.

I'm 32...We're kinda "in-between" two different generations.

Yeah, I feel sorry for myself, I feel even suicidal at times. (not really), I have a decent work ethic, got out of freelance art degree shiat and got into supporting nano-tech., but every farking time I get that way I eventually realize I'm being a farking pussy and people have it a lot worse than me. At least I can eat chicken nuggets. At least I can see my son whenever I want. At least I have this stupid framed degree on the wall. At least I can post creepy pictures online in hopes of luring in a vagina. At least I have a bathroom.

This article is annoying and I am the oldest of those that the author speaks of.

I can't wait until "yelling at cloud" is replaced by "yelling at facebook"

still trying to get the login to my friendster account.
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2013-01-13 12:46:18 PM  
2 votes:
Narcissism in the clinical context refers to a tendency to be overly protective of one's familial reputation. It has nothing to do with the myth of Narcissus.
2013-01-13 12:41:25 PM  
2 votes:
In all of my kids's sporting events that they participate in, there are no losers any more.. Everyone gets a trophy regardless of how they performed.
Yay, you're the second winner!!

While I understand the thought behind the action, what it teaches them is completely wrong. It does nothing to prepare them for the real world that does not give a crap about how the "feel".

My kids are all grouped decades apart from each other (it's complicated) I have them at 8, 18, and 28 and a few mixed in the middle and I agree with the article completely. I see it at my workplace as well. The entitlement mentality is ingrained deep..
They are extremely difficult to work with, don't listen to anything anyone else has to day, completely come apart when they get criticized and ultimately end up pretty dissatisfied with the working world in general...
2013-01-13 12:35:42 PM  
2 votes:

DamnYankees: I didn't realize John Locke was a political columnist.


Well, you know him as Ender
2013-01-13 12:34:04 PM  
2 votes:
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2013-01-13 12:33:31 PM  
2 votes:
I blame dubstep.
2013-01-13 12:32:02 PM  
2 votes:
Nothing that starving because you can't get a job can't fix.
2013-01-13 10:28:05 AM  
2 votes:

As a college age student I can flatly deny any allegations of narcissism.

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What a happy go lucky,
lovable galoot may look like.



Sadly, as a college age student I am forced to confirm many of the author's claims about the entitled generation. Kids my age are wayyyy pampered, and they literally cannot handle any sort of criticism, no matter how constructive and objective those critiques are.

Makes learning kind of hard when you can't accept corrective input.

I once saw a student my age break down in tears because he had to complete a self-critique form for a group project. He kept saying, "But I didn't make any mistakes!" He was home schooled. Big shock.

/OK, I'm done.
//Going to my happy place.
2013-01-13 10:19:48 PM  
1 vote:
I think the biggest disservice to education these days are the for profit schools.
2013-01-13 06:55:52 PM  
1 vote:

God-is-a-Taco: Do they feel entitled to raise a family with a stay-at-home parent and only one breadwinner?
Entitled to attend college without crushing debt?
Or maybe they feel entitled to medical care?


Do they feel entitled to retire at the age of 65 or younger with a full pension as well as social security benefits?
2013-01-13 05:33:58 PM  
1 vote:

Handsome B. Wonderful: It's fun watching these little shiats hit the workforce. They flame out and wonder why they never get promoted. Could it be because you've never produced anything of substance? They jump from job to job every six months because they don't feel appreciated. They don't understand the concept of shutting up and doing their damn job.


They've seen their parents try that. Then when the Top Executives started looking for ways to 'save money' by 'rightsizing', the ones that didn't show off got laid off.
2013-01-13 05:31:18 PM  
1 vote:

noitsnot: namatad: MidnightSkulker: I've actually been surprised by the amount of hand-holding there is; worst-quiz-dropped policies, 5%/day late deduction, makeup labs, notes and lectures posted in full online, free tutoring for 'difficult' courses. Yet they still whine about it, as if actually having to work for grades is an offense against their sensitive sensibilities.

meh, I havent been in college for .... FFS 30+ years, but there were similar things even back then.
Teacher would drop the lowest quiz, because everyone has bad days. If every test you take is 90+ except for 1, meh, whatever.
Some teachers would use your homework to push a grade up if you were on the edge. The homework could be used to "prove" that you had a good understanding and just missed on the test.
Labs, I always turned mine in late. Deducting for late is not about did the student learn the material, but about rigid authority. Which is the actual point of education???

I graduated 20 yrs ago - they flunked us without a second thought if we didn't do the work.


Some of us still do. I will work with a student who needs some time due to a death in the family or other such issue. However, bring in a semester's worth of work two days before grades are due and say here, grade this. I don't farking think so.

I am not only a college professor, but I am also in graduate school at Austin Peay. I teach 5 classes (maybe 6 this semester) and go to school. I have a house and 2 kids. I do my work on time. Earned a 4.0 this last semester. If I have the time, so do they. Do they have to earn a 4.0? No, of course not. That is what I expect of myself. I do expect, however, that they do the work they agreed to when they accepted my syllabus and decided to stay in the class.  The syllabus is a contract between student and instructor--I outline what I will do and it outlines what the student will do. I hold up my end of the contract, for every student, every semester. If the students can't. . .well. . .Burger King is hiring.
2013-01-13 05:23:54 PM  
1 vote:

Snakeophelia: This is why I am so glad I teach nurses - specifically, those enrolled in a master's program.  We're talking 99% women, all between the ages of 25 and 40, who are taking a challenging online course where they have to earn a B or higher, while juggling other coursework plus jobs and families.  Not only do they get with the program ASAP, but they work their tails off, they never complain, and they don't ask for special treatment even when it's warranted.

Last quarter I insisted on giving an extension to one student who was called away to be part of the Hurricane Sandy preparedness effort, and an extension to another woman who gave birth right before the final homework deadline (she'd let me know all along that she was pregnant but figured she'd have time to finish up before her due date).  A third student was suddenly diagnosed with a serious illness and had to schedule her surgery right before the final exam period.  She asked me for a one-week extension on the exam.  I emailed her and said, "Are you insane?  You're having emergency surgery. You're taking an incomplete in the course anyway.  I'm giving you an additional 8 weeks."  She still finished up only about 2 weeks late.

Nurses, man.  Forget motivating or managing them - I can barely stay ahead of them.


Wow, that sounds nice. I had to suffer so many fools in my Bachelor's of Nursing program. People who text in class or sign the roll and then leave, beg and complain for bonus points, etc. There was one class with a big group project shoehorned in because previous classes had begged for something besides the tests to pad their grade out. I usually just kept my mouth shut but I had no problems calling the idiots out when their performance affected mine, or when I was stuck with them on a clinical rotation. For example, our teacher gave in to the whines and let us put together presentations for a few bonus points, and as part of it we had to submit sample questions to the teacher and class. Several groups wrote awful questions without clear good answers and some didn't put answers at all. Of course, the teacher picked some of the ones with no answer for the final exam and lots of people missed them. Of course, the slackers banded together and got super defensive when I called them out on the class message board. I got my A and some of them failed out. It makes me happy that it seems like the kids who made it to grad school had their heads on straight.

The thing that gets me the most is the ones who are doing poorly thinks it all comes so easy to the ones who are doing well. No, haxxor85, I didn't play Halo until 4 last night or go to the bar for 3 for 1 wednesdays. Crack a book. Also, they are apparently so ashamed that they think going to see the teacher might make their grade worse.
2013-01-13 04:43:28 PM  
1 vote:
This generation was raised poorly, and it's all their fault somehow?

/Let me tell you a fictional anecdote about one
2013-01-13 04:13:39 PM  
1 vote:

boobsrgood: optional: boobsrgood: The public school system in America is a training camp for dysfunctional personality traits. Narcissism is one of the least destructive among them. By the third grade, they are already programmed for a lifetime of overconsumption, cowardice, blind obedience, substance abuse, and kowtowing to violence.

I've got cowardice and I generally won't stand up to violence. I'm quite obedient, even if I make snarky comments behind the authority's back (which is obviously useless and serves no purpose but to make me feel briefly better about things).

I didn't get overconsumption though, since I'm still really cheap. No real substance abuse, other than coffee. I guess I learned most of the important lessons.

I remember watching hung over teachers pop handfuls of pills, slam mugs of coffee, and sneak off for a cigarette, to return to class all glassy-eyed and blissed out. Then it was time for our "just say no" worksheets. The only consumption paradigm taught was "more is better". The bigger, more expensive, and more wasteful something was, the more we were expected to admire the owner.


I never really learned that last part. Most of the above our personal failings of mine, and aren't really the fault of schools. Granted, the school system is screwy as hell, but let's not get carried away blaming people.

More folks should blame themselves for things.
2013-01-13 03:43:08 PM  
1 vote:
The public school system in America is a training camp for dysfunctional personality traits. Narcissism is one of the least destructive among them. By the third grade, they are already programmed for a lifetime of overconsumption, cowardice, blind obedience, substance abuse, and kowtowing to violence.
2013-01-13 02:41:11 PM  
1 vote:
Wait, what? Generation Duckface is full of deluded narcissists? Gee, you do not say?
2013-01-13 02:29:13 PM  
1 vote:

Huggermugger: The younger generation voted for Fartbama, and they are completely ruining the Teabaggers' demographics, so naturally Fox is going to go on a relentless attack on the younger generation.


I was wondering when the leftist was going to show up for the requisite two minute hate. Thank you for delivering.
2013-01-13 02:25:19 PM  
1 vote:

PonceAlyosha: Stone Meadow: Of course, every generation starting with Teh Greatest Generation has fallen into the narcissistic trap of thinking themselves special and entitled.

It's not every generation starting with them, it's every farking generation. The only difference is that with mass culture it becomes easier to observe the petty parts of people's lives from a distance.


I agree in principle, though not in degree. TGG was the first entire generation to feel that sense of entitlement. Prior generations felt America was special, of course, but they also had no safety nets nor widespread educational opportunities, and America was an insular, isolationist country, by and large. WW2 thrust America onto center stage, and TGG felt it was only their due. Like I said, though...only a matter of degree.
2013-01-13 01:58:49 PM  
1 vote:

Katolu: GAT_00: Also, you're biatching about how your children are raising your grandchildren. Logically, the failure was with your generation because you raised these supposedly excessively indulgent parents. The fault is entirely yours.

But I've long since learned that members of the Greediest Generation are unable to accept any blame for their own mistakes.

^this^


Double-goodness proof the author is correct.

Of course, every generation starting with Teh Greatest Generation has fallen into the narcissistic trap of thinking themselves special and entitled. They because they considered what they accomplished in WW2 "exceptional", and the American prosperity that followed to be the God-given reward for their efforts. You have never met arrogant and entitled if you didn't know and interact with TGG in their prime. Then they raised us Boomers with that same "you can do anything" expectation. We raised Gen X to expect even more and better, and so on and so forth.

But fear not. As the world turns and new great countries rise to compete on more even footing with the USA, new generations will relearn the old lessons of hard work and thrift, and things will right themselves. Give it time. This too shall pass.
2013-01-13 01:50:05 PM  
1 vote:

Shakespeare's Sister: Warriors Warriors Warriors: I teach English at a research university. Many of my students snap like a greasy potato chip when you put the slightest bit of pressure on them. It's sad.

I teach English at a community college in Tennessee, and I can say you are correct. A lot of my students cannot take criticism or pressure to meet a deadline. Here is my favorite statement from many "English is subjective. That grade is your opinion." No. . .a comma splice, fragment, run-on, error in agreement, or other sentence fault is not simply my opinion, asshat. Why can't I turn the work in 3 months late--why do you not want me to succeed? Why can't I get extra credit? My teachers in high school gave it. Finally, my all-time favorite, but I earned an "A" in Honors English in high school.


I get a lot of this as well.

One thing I've found that works well is what I call "microgoals."
Kind of like video game achievements, these are small goals that have to be reached in a certain time frame.
For example, 'Write a formal memo that achieves the goal of (X) in ten minutes. Begin...NOW.'

It's a good tool for working with short attention spans, because it keeps things active and achievable.
2013-01-13 01:40:24 PM  
1 vote:

Handsome B. Wonderful: It's fun watching these little shiats hit the workforce. They flame out and wonder why they never get promoted. Could it be because you've never produced anything of substance? They jump from job to job every six months because they don't feel appreciated. They don't understand the concept of shutting up and doing their damn job.


To be fair, if you just shut up and work, somebody else will take the credit and you'll get laid off at the end of the project. Things don't work the way they used to. You put in your time, pay your dues, and get shiatcanned in favor of the next guy that isn't expecting anything.
2013-01-13 01:33:23 PM  
1 vote:
My opinion is that since the religious organizations are so dysfunctional and full of bs dogma, there does not seem to be a safe place to nurture the spiritual side. The best answer for people who feel emptiness inside is through spiritual participation and growth.
Sadly the most compelling argument in the realm of spirituality is that of atheism, which just makes the hole inside bigger. It will take centuries to fix this in our culture because people need to come to spirituality on their own terms and that is very hard to do.
2013-01-13 01:32:23 PM  
1 vote:
Article from 1930:

Watching these new "motion pictures", our sons and daughters can pretend they are Olympians, great explorers, cowboys or sharpshooters.  And while they leave the theater and remember they are really live in normal houses on side streets and in triple deckers around America, that is after their hearts have raced and heads have swelled with false pride for "being" something they are not.
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2013-01-13 01:24:14 PM  
1 vote:
GriffXX : These kids are watching their Twitter feed for pictures of boobs, not watching Congress debate spending.

Actually, although I agree with the "same argument every generation ever has made about today's youth", your last point there I would call a real problem, not just fashion.

No one seems interested in holding the government accountable for its complete failure to do its damned job - Not to legislate morality, but to keep the goddamned lights on in both the metaphorical and literal senses. And no, not a partisan issue - Tweedledee needs to stop spending what he doesn't have; and Tweedledum needs to write the checks for what he has already bought.
2013-01-13 01:22:29 PM  
1 vote:
HairBolus: Almost all religions are based on deluded narcissism.


Atheism is a Religion based upon Deluded Narcissism.
2013-01-13 01:20:54 PM  
1 vote:
Let's bring back the dunce hat!
2013-01-13 01:18:55 PM  
1 vote:

BigNumber12: They can block anyone who disagrees with them


I see he's been on Fark.


You can't just block or ignore someone. For full effect, you have to let them know you've done it:

"Welcome to my ignore list!"
"This thread should cause me to bulk up my ignore list!"

The shock that Joe Nobody or Sally J Dumfark has actually blocked them from an anonymous internet site will surely cause them much shame and force them to reexamine their lives.
2013-01-13 01:18:04 PM  
1 vote:

MadSkillz: Bedstead Polisher: Facebook and Twitter aside, I have a cousin suffering from this. He went to private school, was bred to be "the best" and now suffers from "why do I have to start at the bottom at work? I have great education, why don't these people who've been in the profession 20+ years realize I know more than them?!"

That sounds like me from 7 years ago.

I am improving, though criticism still cuts like a knife. Doesn't help that I've grown up in a family where even minor criticism is serious butthurt. Doesn't help that in my present job, one of my bosses is a bully who laughs derisively when I come up with an idea that's not great.

/too bad I have a history of contract jobs that were short term over the last five years, because I'm having trouble finding another job that isn't quite ass. I only took those jobs out of desperation for work, since the economy was smashed!


How does the same boss react when you come up with an idea that's good, workable and can be positively identified as an improvement over the previous method or process?

I parent largely as I was parented, a fair dose of sarcasm when dopiness is offered as genius, but I'm equally happy to ladle praise when the insight is worthy. And yes, as the old dad of an old dad, I generally do have the answers. If I don't, I am happy to say "I dunno, it's outside of my experience. Let's try it and see".

Although born after most of the boomers and prior to the Gen-Xers (meaning I've been following a fat demographic wad of goddamn hippies turned greedy, right-wing farktards my entire working life), my parents were older than most. Dad was a teenaged sailor in WWII and ran off to sea because dragging corpses out of bombed-out buildings was harshing his youth. Mum was a WWII army brat. They had known war, minor diseases that would kill children in two days, hunger, cold and limited opportunities.

I, generally, did not. But through the magic of extrapolation, and being told "we will feed and clothe you economically and give you toys at Christmas and birthdays and give you a small allowance for stuff done above and beyond what we expect of you to do because you live here", I got small jobs quite early and was generally able to buy and do things I wanted because I always had the ability to shell out for it.

I realize kids don't have paper routes any more, and it's been years since they've been allowed to knock on strangers' doors to ask for lawn mowing or shovelling jobs (because all strangers are lustful pedos with rape racks next to the ping pong table, right?), but I do insist my kid, who is 11, pry himself off the couch long enough to do some work, and I do not buy him much stuff beyond the occasional book. So if he was "Kirby and the Cathar Heresy", he has to buy it out of his savings.

It's an uphill battle, however. The seeds of lazy entitlement sprout on even stony ground. I just told him to make his own lunch. He would have preferred I do it. Of course.
2013-01-13 01:16:33 PM  
1 vote:
www.cynicaltimes.org

We have been raising narcissitic delusionals for a while now...
2013-01-13 01:16:22 PM  
1 vote:

computerguyUT: My kids are all grouped decades apart from each other (it's complicated) I have them at 8, 18, and 28 and a few mixed in the middle and I agree with the article completely. I see it at my workplace as well. The entitlement mentality is ingrained deep..
They are extremely difficult to work with, don't listen to anything anyone else has to day, completely come apart when they get criticized and ultimately end up pretty dissatisfied with the working world in general...


I used to feel a little worried about job security, looking at the sheer size of the next few generations, but witnessing their attitude, work ethic, and total lack of leadership ability for a few years--well, us GenX'ers have nothing to worry about from them. We need to focus our efforts on finally displacing those old crufty Boomers who still don't know how to use E-mail and won't retire gracefully.
2013-01-13 01:14:38 PM  
1 vote:

pxlboy: computerguyUT: In all of my kids's sporting events that they participate in, there are no losers any more.. Everyone gets a trophy regardless of how they performed.
Yay, you're the second winner!!

While I understand the thought behind the action, what it teaches them is completely wrong. It does nothing to prepare them for the real world that does not give a crap about how the "feel".

My kids are all grouped decades apart from each other (it's complicated) I have them at 8, 18, and 28 and a few mixed in the middle and I agree with the article completely. I see it at my workplace as well. The entitlement mentality is ingrained deep..
They are extremely difficult to work with, don't listen to anything anyone else has to day, completely come apart when they get criticized and ultimately end up pretty dissatisfied with the working world in general...

I am old enough to remember getting a participation trophy, but not knowing why. It confused, rather than made me feel better. Our little league team sucked. Why couldn't we just get a snow cone and call it a day?


We all got participation trophies, but we didn't give a fark about them. When we lost, we knew we lost, even if we had a trophy. If they didn't keep score, we were keeping score on the field/court ourselves.

The "everyone gets a trophy" mentality doesn't spoil kids. It spoils PARENTS who can't bear to see their kids not get a trophy.

Blame the parents.
2013-01-13 01:11:39 PM  
1 vote:
It's fun watching these little shiats hit the workforce. They flame out and wonder why they never get promoted. Could it be because you've never produced anything of substance? They jump from job to job every six months because they don't feel appreciated. They don't understand the concept of shutting up and doing their damn job.
2013-01-13 01:04:45 PM  
1 vote:
Let's look at some of the traits of a narcissist:

An obvious self-focus in interpersonal exchanges
Difficulty with empathy
Hypersensitivity to any insults or imagined insults
Detesting those who do not admire them (narcissistic abuse)
Using other people without considering the cost of doing so
Pretending to be more important than they really are
Bragging (subtly but persistently) and exaggerating their achievements
Claiming to be an "expert" at many things
Inability to view the world from the perspective of other people
Denial of remorse and gratitude


These traits describe most Americans and America as a whole since Manifest Destiny.
2013-01-13 12:59:43 PM  
1 vote:
Dunning-Kruger Effect.
That is all.
2013-01-13 12:59:21 PM  
1 vote:
Can we just get a "KIDS THESE DAYS" tag or something? The discussion of how incorrigible and discouraging the current generation of youth is isn't original. Hasn't been for about 6,000 years.

Besides, everyone knows Gen X is the best. W00t.
2013-01-13 12:55:38 PM  
1 vote:
As a representative of this generation, born out of the ether into this sort of attitude without the effects of a Boomer-ruled society in a false prosperity bubble, I truly apologize for us choosing to be this way.
2013-01-13 12:54:04 PM  
1 vote:

GAT_00: Also, you're biatching about how your children are raising your grandchildren. Logically, the failure was with your generation because you raised these supposedly excessively indulgent parents. The fault is entirely yours.

But I've long since learned that members of the Greediest Generation are unable to accept any blame for their own mistakes.


BAM, absolutely correct.
2013-01-13 12:51:34 PM  
1 vote:
"A" generation of deluded narcissists? We're on at least our third in a row, and it's only getting more effective.

/in one of those generations
//not claiming to have gotten out unscathed
2013-01-13 12:51:15 PM  
1 vote:
You got a real attitude problem, McFly. You're a slacker. You remind me of your father when he went here. He was a slacker, too.

www.smartersoftware.de
2013-01-13 12:37:50 PM  
1 vote:

Bedstead Polisher: Facebook and Twitter aside, I have a cousin suffering from this. He went to private school, was bred to be "the best" and now suffers from "why do I have to start at the bottom at work? I have great education, why don't these people who've been in the profession 20+ years realize I know more than them?!"


I worked with a kid like that at $LargeCompany who was 22 and it was his first job -- ever. It was obvious that he was a pampered little douche.

So, he leans in to ask me a question (this was tech support) on day one to which I responded, "Hey, aren't *you* the one with the degree?"
2013-01-13 12:36:31 PM  
1 vote:
I really want Dr. Keith to get busted Ablowing some dude, because I've got my HOTY all ready to go. But I ain't gonna tell you pikers what it is, that's for sure.

Wait...
2013-01-13 12:34:16 PM  
1 vote:
Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Ow, my sides.

*tear*
2013-01-13 12:33:44 PM  
1 vote:

Summer Glau's Love Slave: I once saw a student my age break down in tears because he had to complete a self-critique form for a group project. He kept saying, "But I didn't make any mistakes!" He was home schooled. Big shock.


No no no no. You must be mistaken. It's gummint-run schools and union teachers that give everyone a gold star so their feelings don't get hurt. Home schooling is far superior - no old-earth evolutionism and what-have-you being presented as fact. Also no school dances.
2013-01-13 12:32:54 PM  
1 vote:
Facebook and Twitter aside, I have a cousin suffering from this. He went to private school, was bred to be "the best" and now suffers from "why do I have to start at the bottom at work? I have great education, why don't these people who've been in the profession 20+ years realize I know more than them?!"
2013-01-13 12:31:38 PM  
1 vote:
He certainly didn't miss his opportunity to take potshots at the present administration:

All the while, these adolescents, teens and young adults are watching a Congress that can't control its manic, euphoric, narcissistic spending, a president that can't see his way through to applauding genuine and extraordinary achievements in business, a society that blames mass killings on guns, not the psychotic people who wield them, and-here no surprise-a stock market that keeps rising and falling like a roller coaster as bubbles inflate and then, inevitably, burst.
2013-01-13 12:30:16 PM  
1 vote:
Two words will fix'em "Frontline Infantry".
2013-01-13 12:16:42 PM  
1 vote:
I didn't realize John Locke was a political columnist.
2013-01-13 12:14:31 PM  
1 vote:
And their music! It's just noise!
2013-01-13 12:09:52 PM  
1 vote:

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Shocking to hear such an assessment in a world where the most popular website is rife with "status updates" (replete with "LIKES") like "Taking a shiat! When did I eat corn?" and "In line at the supermarket. stoopid n00bs at sefl-checkout can suck it!" and "Your to stupid to undersand the truth about (name issue here)."


blog.therisetothetop.com
2013-01-13 12:07:14 PM  
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Shocking to hear such an assessment in a world where the most popular website is rife with "status updates" (replete with "LIKES") like "Taking a shiat! When did I eat corn?" and "In line at the supermarket. stoopid n00bs at sefl-checkout can suck it!" and "Your to stupid to undersand the truth about (name issue here)."
 
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