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06 January 2013

Egotism And A Sense of Entitlement On College Campuses: A Microcosm That Exposes Everything That Is Wrong With America

M2RB:  Jack Nicholson & Adam Sandler

I feel pretty,
Oh so pretty,
I feel pretty and witty and gay,

And I pity,
Any girl, who isn't me today

I feel stunning
And entrancing
Feel like running and dancing for joy
For I'm loved by a pretty, wonderful boy!

"In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shank from this responsibility — I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavour will light our country and all who serve it — and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.  And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country." 

- President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Inaugural address, 20 January 1961


By Daily Mail Reporter

Books aside, if you asked a college freshman today who the Greatest Generation is, they might respond by pointing in a mirror. 

Young people's unprecedented level of self-infatuation was revealed in a new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has been asking students to rate themselves compared to their peers since 1966. 

Roughly 9 million young people have taken the survey over the last 47 years. 

Psychologist Jean Twenge and her colleagues compiled the data and found that over the last four decades there's been a dramatic rise in the number of students who describe themselves as being 'above average' in the areas of academic ability, drive to achieve, mathematical ability, and self-confidence. 

But in appraising the traits that are considered less individualistic - co-cooperatistic, understanding others, and spirituality - the numbers either stayed the same or slightly decreased over the same period.

Researchers also found a disconnect between the student's opinions of themselves and actual ability.

While students are much more likely to call themselves gifted in writing abilities, objective test scores actually show that their writing abilities are far less than those of their 1960s counterparts. 

Also on the decline is the amount of time spent studying, with little more than a third of students saying they study for six or more hours a week compared to almost half of all students claiming the same in the late 1980s. 

Though they may work less, the number that said they had a drive to succeed rose sharply.

These young egotists can grow up to be depressed adults.