Kids These Days

On March 16th, 2010

Millennial high-school seniors are no more egotistical-and just as happy-as previous generations, find researchers who scoured opinion data from 1976 to 2006.

Surprised? While we all like to complain about the good-for-nothing “kids these days,” psychologists suggest that we’ve just forgotten what it means to be young. Says Michigan State University professor Brent Donnellan

Kids today are like they were 30 years ago — they’re trying to find their place in the world, they’re trying to carve out an identity, and it can be difficult… But lots of research shows that the stereotypes of all groups are much more overdrawn than the reality.

The study appears in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science and is culled from the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future survey that has tracked American students’ behavior and attitudes for several decades.

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