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Generation Me

Hye Zo Kwun | Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Dear Generation Me,

My name is Ally Kwun. I’m 5 feet 2 inches, I hail from New York City and I currently reside in Pasquerilla East Hall. But why should you care? You’re Generation Me — you only care about yourself.

Generation Me is not a very well-known moniker. We all know we belong to either Generation X or Generation Y. However, there has been another label recently proposed by San Diego State University psychology professor Dr. Jean M. Twenge — Generation Me — to describe our increasingly self-focused generation.

In her two books, “The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement” and “Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled — and More Miserable Than Ever Before,” Dr. Twenge argues that our generation is headed for disaster. I, as a very typical GeMe-er, would have to disagree.

Dr. Twenge seems to believe that we have instilled in ourselves an incredible sense of self-importance that has led us to become rude individuals who do not care for others’ opinions, have lofty, impossible dreams and are more high-maintenance than ever before. But in fact, Generation Me is confident, motivated and high-performing. It is our strong sense of individuality that allows us to be successful and lead the world to improve our current society.

From the moment we were born, we were given a bad name, but the time for change has come. As we grow up and enter the real world, we will astound everybody by defeating all the stereotypes we were assigned. Generation Me is not doomed, so please leave us alone.

Thank you.

Hye Zo Kwun


Pasquerilla East

April 21