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#1 Jan 14, 2013
We are raising a generation of deluded narcissists
Dr. Keith Ablow
Are we raising a generation of deluded narcissists?
Survey: College students think they're 'greatest...
The 'Hooked up' Generation
A new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has accumulated data for the past 47 years from 9 million young adults, reveals that college students are more likely than ever to call themselves gifted and driven to succeed, even though their test scores and time spent studying are decreasing.
Psychologist Jean Twenge, the lead author of the analysis, is also the author of a study showing that the tendency toward narcissism in students is up 30 percent in the last thirty-odd years.
This data is not unexpected. I have been writing a great deal over the past few years about the toxic psychological impact of media and technology on children, adolescents and young adults, particularly as it regards turning them into faux celebritiesthe equivalent of lead actors in their own fictionalized life stories.
On Facebook, young people can fool themselves into thinking they have hundreds or thousands of friends. They can delete unflattering comments. They can block anyone who disagrees with them or pokes holes in their inflated self-esteem. They can choose to show the world only flattering, sexy or funny photographs of themselves (dozens of albums full, by the way),speak in pithy short posts and publicly connect to movie stars and professional athletes and musicians they like.
We must beware of the toxic psychological impact of media and technology on children, adolescents and young adults, particularly as it regards turning them into faux celebritiesthe equivalent of lead actors in their own fictionalized life stories.
Using Twitter, young people can pretend they are worth following, as though they have real-life fans, when all that is really happening is the mutual fanning of false love and false fame.
Using computer games, our sons and daughters can pretend they are Olympians, Formula 1 drivers, rock stars or sharpshooters. And while they can turn off their Wii and Xbox machines and remember they are really in dens and playrooms 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.
On MTV and other networks, young people can see lives just like theirs portrayed on reality TV shows fueled by such incredible self-involvement and self-love that any of the real-life characters should really be in psychotherapy to have any chance at anything like a normal life.
These are the psychological drugs of the 21st Century and they are getting our sons and daughters very sick, indeed.
As if to keep up with the unreality of media and technology, in a dizzying paroxysm of self-aggrandizing hype, town sports leagues across the country hand out ribbons and trophies to losing teams, schools inflate grades, energy drinks in giant, colorful cans take over the soft drink market, and psychiatrists hand out Adderall like candy.
All the while, these adolescents, teens and young adults are watching a Congress that cant control its manic, euphoric, narcissistic spending, a president that cant 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, andhere no surprisea stock market that keeps rising and falling like a roller coaster as bubbles inflate
and then, inevitably, burst.
Dr. Keith Ablow
#2 Jan 14, 2013
is it out of your system now!!!!!!
#3 Jan 14, 2013
All I did was copy and paste from another forum. Did I hit a nerve with ya? Lmao
#4 Jan 14, 2013
Gurl, I caints be bothered wit no chilrens, I gots to gits my Obama and bling ons. Jes let da state raise you chilrens an party at night wit da ballers an playas.
#5 Jan 14, 2013
Lmao. Drop dem at yo mamma house befoe yous stop by ray rays. He get you to da club gurl gets you to yo crib on time and get dat check in da mail. He cants take ya to cash it do cuz he gots a loan fo dem deuce deuces and they be lookin to repo dat caprice!
#6 Jan 14, 2013
How you be knowin bout Ray Ray?
#7 Jan 14, 2013
Yes evil whiteys..Pretend to be blacks and say ignorant shit in my glory!! You will be home soon!!
#8 Jan 14, 2013
Whoever this person ^^ is.. someone should be watching them very closely. Seriously. You need to stay at home.
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