The i Age
|by Catherine Larson|
So today, I open my browser to my iGoogle page (personalized according to my own preferences); I could download (if I owned one) iTunes to my iPod or my iPhone according to my own personal tastes and not a radio dj's. I could (if I had one) send you to my myspacepage or mynewyorktimes or mymovies or myfamily. I could go online and buy clothing at selfish.com with messages ranging from "It's all about me" to "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of My Own Happiness," or I could find similar items at any department store. I can even print a stamp with my picture on it. I can find a church where I can worship the way I want to worship with the kind of music I want to listen to and the kind of people who are mostly just like me. I can get a Bible for women or extreme teens or sportsmen for that matter. And I can even chat with igod. (Disgusting, yes.)
Is it any wonder then that a new study has shown that kids are more self-centered than previous generations? According to Jean M. Twenge's "Egos Inflating Over Time: A Test of Two Generational Theories of Narcissism Using Cross-Temporal Meta-Analysis" (read more from Twenge here), almost two-thirds of recent college grads (2006) display higher levels of narcissism than those tested in 1982. And that signals danger ahead. Big surprise here folks: narcissists have trouble forming meaningful relationships, they tend to be materialistic, and have high levels of infidelity, substance abuse, and violence.
But you are probably wondering, "What does this have to do with me?" If so, count yourself part of the i Age.