Yep, We're Raising a Generation of Narcissists
Something called the American Freshman Survey has been asking college students to rate themselves compared to their peers since 1966. About 9 million students have taken the survey over the last 47 years. And according to the most recent analysis, a majority of students think they're "above average" in academic ability, drive to achieve, mathematical ability, and self-confidence.
But at the same time, when rating themselves in cooperation, understanding others, and spirituality, the numbers have either stayed the same or DECREASED over the same period.
And when it comes to more objective things, like test scores of writing ability, or time spent studying, the numbers are DOWN. Only about a THIRD of students say they study for six or more hours a week these days. That compares to almost HALF of all students who said they studied for six hours or more in the late '80s.
Overall, narcissism in students is up 30% over the last 30 years.