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Thonda Powell

ENC 1101
Prof. McGriff
10/28/2014

Millennials are More Generation Me


The generation of young Americans entering college today seem to have a one track
mind. Since 1989, college students have stated that becoming financially well is their main goal
in life (Chau, 2014). Focusing on themselves, these students have forgotten about others. This
generation of American students, known as millennials, have been taught to focus on themselves,
and are unaware of the effects of their behavior on the environment, and have shown no real
interest in political or worldwide problems. While millennials have been portrayed in the media
as selfish and unconcerned about the environment, recent research states that many young people
are concerned about others and are using technology to make a difference in the world.
The parents of this generation spent their time making sure their childs life was better
than their own, and inadvertently taught their child to be selfish. This seems to have resulted in a
live for today mentality by these students. However, although many young people focus on
themselves, other young people have taken advantage of being connected through technology to
focus on the problems of the world (Burstein, 2014). Many of todays youth are aware and
concerned about the worlds problems.
The Millennial generation seems unconcerned with helping to preserve the worlds
environment. Although community service involvement has increased, it is only because
students at public high schools are now required to complete community service hours in order

to graduate.

However David Burstein states, Organizing online and offline for years have

made young Americans aware of world problems. How much better would the world be if we
tried to leave it better than it was, when we got here? He wants students to ask themselves.
A study by Professor Jean M. Twenge, found a decline in interest for concerns of
others. Her research discovered that the previous generation had ran up deficits, without any
concern for what political party was chosen. For many millennials neglecting the world around
them has become acceptable. David Burstein states, There are hardly any problems that arent
global problems our world is becoming more and more interdependent. He found that
millennials have formed world clubs to make people of the worlds needs. Technology is
helping the younger generation to find ways to reach out worldwide and help other countries.
The generation Me has been raised in a live for the moment environment. This
generation has spent their time focusing on themselves, and neglected to see the world around
them. Their parents have saved less and ran up more debt than they could ever repay. Studies
have shown that the focus on others has stemmed from only from a benefit for themselves.
These students need to ask themselves, how will this affect our future? Have the students
planned for the future, focused on anyone or a cause that will help someone besides themselves
or the environment?

Works Citied

Chau, Joanna. "Millennials Are More 'Generation Me' than 'Generation We' Study Finds." Has
Child Behavior Worsened? Ed. Amy Francis. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2014. At Issue.
Rpt. from "Millennials Are More 'Generation Me' Than 'Generation We' Study Finds."
Chronicle of Higher Education 15 Mar. 2012. Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 12
Oct. 2014.

Burstein, David D. What Happens When Millennials Come Together. HuffingtonPost.com.


2011. Rpt. in The Millennial Generation. Ed. David Haugen and Susan Musser. Detroit:
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