Babyboomers may have been called "Me Generation", but Millennials and Generation Z are the ones that are most self-absorbed – by self-absorption. In fact, studies that show that these generations openly believe that they and their peers are the most "narcissistic and fair age groups" are not necessarily happy about it.
According to a new study published in open access, scientific journal PLOS One, entitled "Emerging Adult Reactions to Labeling" about age group differences in narcissism and rights. "The co-authors, including veteran psychologists / generation commentators W. Keith Campbell and Jean Twenge, stated that" new adult "sentences, millennials and youths, Generation Z members, were" worried by messages throwing their age group as the most narcissistic and justified The age group ever ".
The research follows up on years of studies suggesting that younger generations are more narcissistic than before. A test called narcissistic personality inventory (NPI) can be used to point out how narcissistic someone is; the test has been administered to college students For years, and as co-authors notes, there was an upward trend in points between 1
Currently, in the history, great attention is paid to supposed generations partly because of the political and cultural divisions that have emerged in the public eye and partly because of the ways in which the technology industry s social media has stoked and encouraged narcissistic behavior through its culturally influential communication tools. In fact, larger economic movements have a worse impact on culture, and the transition to neoliberal economy over the past 30 years has a similar effect on culture, as the economic system sees a view of itself and society as atomized.
The conclusions of this new study are subtle, but point to an interesting cultural division that manifests itself in self-perception. When they write:
there is evidence that 1). Narcissism may have risen modestly in new adults in recent years, 2). This discovery has been strongly discussed in academic literature, 3). popular media have done much to publish this result, and 4). Emerging adults believe in some of these results about their own age group.
The finesse appears in how certain subjects seem to like narcissism as individually desirable but not socially desirable – in other words, narcissists were not attracted to narcissists but admitted that it was necessary to survive and thrive.
In addition, narcissists appear to show narcissism as an individual but not socially desirable trait and to express a desire to increase their own anesthetic levels. In short, narcissists seem to think a lot about their own narcissistic traits, despite some awareness that such traits cannot be socially desirable.
The last point seems particularly sharp and the links with other things happen financially. As I wrote last week, my generation (millennia) is acutely aware of the bad economic conditions we live in. We have little in the way of a social safety net, a lot of student debt and a low chance of having middle class life. However, having a robust social media follows a great survival mechanism – whether you're looking for job hunting, getting gig deals, slipping your own goods, or raising money for a medical crisis. And in general, getting a social media successor requires a blatant public narcissistic achievement.
Still this study shows: Although the notion of narcissism is a survival mechanism for us, and something that one sees as desirable, so does not mean that it is not embarrassing.