Depression In Generation Me

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Generation Me has notable differences when compared to its predecessors the Baby Boomers, as well as Generation X. This new Generation has a whole new, different set of beliefs, which in turn provides an vast supply of different characters and personality, all of which are complete strangers to the characters and personalities which were highlighted in the previous generations. In her book, Generation Me, Jean M. Twenge makes a well versed and successful effort in highlighting these differences as well as explaining the issues and hardships which this new generation has to deal with, as well as exposes the individuality which is so common nowadays that it is simply a part of life which we see as normal, unlike previous times, when individuality …show more content…

Oddly enough, stress is also up. However, this is no coincidence. “Too much stress, or chronic stress, may lead to major depression in susceptible people” (Bruno). It has been agreed upon and proven by medical experts that a higher stress level has a direct correlation with falling into a state of depression. There is a lot more pressure put on the young people of today. First, we start with the issue of college. Everywhere you turn to in today’s society, you’ll hear that college is the way to go. In fact, you’ll hear that college is necessary in order to succeed in today’s way of life as it “is a virtual necessity for securing a good job” (117). The blue collar jobs that were common back then, are now frowned upon by most of the society, and are left for someone else to take care of. About 50 years ago, college was rare and certainly less demanding. Today’s admission rates definitely blow away those that were set half a century ago. It just isn’t the same anymore. However, not only does the aspect of getting into college put stress upon Generation Me, the school work itself is something that has become more demanding. Now you hear of professors assigning twenty five page papers, high school students loading themselves with AP classes, and then there’s the topic of competitiveness. Everyone has something they’re good at, and they want to emphasize and boast that talent or skill. However, whenever you’re good at something, and someone else who is also good comes along, you simply can’t accept the idea of being number two. You’ll work harder to show up your competition and prove yourself, at all costs, which adds unnecessary pressure onto

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