The ME Generation

It's all about ME

I want a view...
I want a view...
I want a diamond ring...
I want a diamond ring...
I want toys...
I want toys...
I want money...
I want money...
lots and lots of money $$$.
lots and lots of money $$$.

I want-I need-I deserve-but i don't want to earn it for myself!

Generation Me is the 18 to 20 something group that is self consumed with everything that has something to do with them.

Generation ME - I want, I need, I deserve, but…I would rather not earn it, just give it to me.

With past generations working hard for their money, their children work hard to suck them dry? Why? How did this happen? Is it the internet, with sights that are all about the users-Facebook-Myspace-Twitter-and I hate to say it, but to a certain extent, Hub Pages? Reality Shows like John & Kate plus 8 (now minus the John), Wife Swap and America’s got Talent give the ME Generation the stepping stone for the Average Joe to become the center of controversy, which is what is wanted.

The ME Generation wants riches, they want fame, but have no real desire to work for it. Many of these individuals look down upon curriculums at universities. Giving excuses such as, I don’t need school-I already know what I need to know or College is just like high school, I graduated high school, why do I want to go back? On the same token, they also feel like they are too good to work ‘mediocre’ jobs, such as a Wal-mart cashier, or Retail at the mall. These spoiled selfish concepts, are why there are so many 20 something’s year olds on Welfare and receive government assistance, because now with the economy in recession, people with higher education are struggling to find employment, and they want to work and make their own money, and are willing to take so called ‘mediocre’ employment opportunities to be able to provide for their families. So what happens to the ME Generation , they turn to Mommy and Daddy, they blame the government- employment industries, school systems and say, “It isn’t me, it's everyone else holding me down.” Never once have I heard from a 20 something year old that they realize that you must earn what you want-and I need to do something so I can make my dreams of success come true.

Generation Me is about instant gratification. They think in the moment. What I want now, if they can’t get this instant gratification, then they don’t even bother. Compared to 10 years ago, technology has made its mark with providing everyone with the means to obtain instant gratification,causing an entire generation to lack patience. To do a book report, or research an assignment, I recall using the library. In school we were taught how to use the Dewy Decimal System, to find books filled with information we wanted to know. The wooden tower filled with hundreds of thousands of index cards with author’s names, book titles and reference categories printed on them-giving you the directions of where to go to locate the book you are looking for. Once you found the book-you had to options, learn how to navigate through its pages using the glossary and index, or skim through it by turning pages. The library was filled with students and scholars, reading, writing notes with #2 pencils in spiral notebooks. Now-lazy students can buy the paper off the internet if they so desire. If they choose to write the book themselves, they can find all the information that they need online.

What will happen to our country, to our planet when the ME Generation is in charge? I am frightened to find out. With the attitudes that they are all that matters and even if they did make an effort to improve themselves or the world-they are just one person and it would go without notice and not make a difference anyway, and with that-they drink hundreds of sodas and beer, but recycle none. They smoke a pack of cigarettes in an area filled with children; leave the cigarette butts scattered on the ground, and the fowl odor of tobacco smoke in the air for the children to inhale. They do this because they feel as if they have a right to do it. They do this because they have seen a million persons before do the same thing, so they feel that if they did take a stand for what is correct, it doesn’t really matter, because no one else does.

The ME Generation needs a ME Realization that the world does not revolve around them. That the world will not wipe their noses when they are sick, or clean their butts when they have an accident. If you are 20 to 25 years old… You don’t know everything (although you think that you do), if you are 20-25 years old, the world owes you nothing, if you want something, earn it, go out and do something to obtain it, don’t sit and wait for it to be served to you on a silver platter. Stop complaining about life. Stop saying that things are too hard, too boring or beneath you. Everyone in existence has been faced with hard situations, and doubted themselves and their abilities, but they take a deep breathe and whether they succeed or fail-they try, because that is what life is about, the PURSUIT to achieve greatness. Everyone in existence has been bored to tears at some point in time, get over it. Some of those boring times and boring lessons are to prepare you for excitement, but you have to experience the unappealing drum of someone else’s voice to get to that excitement. Everyone in existence has had to do something that they felt they were better than. You do things that you are better or bigger than to prove that you deserve more. Its life…every step is a stepping stone to where you will end up…Instant Success is far and few between. Although you may never be filthy rich or famous, that is okay, most people are not.

The biggest problem with the ME Generation isn’t that they are spoiled, or looking for the easy way out of everything. It is that they have based happiness on what they are seeking, which is fame and fortune. When reality shows its face-it leaves Generation Me , depressed. Why hasn’t it been stressed to these kids/now adults, that happiness and money do not necessarily go hand in hand. Sure; money pays your bills, buys you nice things, which can (not does) eliminate certain stresses. Money doesn’t make you better-the more money you have, just means that you have more money…PERIOD. I’ve known people that are desolate, and as happy as can be. These are the people that are surrounded by friends and family that support one another, with or without money. I’ve known people that have riches, and they have told me wealth isn’t the money-it’s who you surround yourself with and who you are within, you can’t take the money with you when you go. What people should ask themselves is who am I? What makes me important? Do you strive to accomplish anything in life that you want? If no, will you allow your children to sit on their butts to earn their allowance, or will you make them do chores and maintain passing grades? Generation Me, needs to be better, for when they have a chance to provide someone who deserves better, with better. If you take the steps towards success, rather than it being placed in your lap, you may be more prepared to handle it, and appreciate what you have accomplished if you should ever get there.

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Nan 7 years ago

There are still a lot of smart kids out there, and they will take over. You don't read a lot about them. I know I taught them in high school. God thoughts, your summary are the ones that get into trouble!

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H.C Porter 7 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Nan, you are correct. I was generalizing the Generation Me kids. I do realize that many kids are on the right track, I also do see that there are many kids that are more self centered that previous generations and that the instant gratification that is how the world turns in this day in age has made Generation Me, more depressed than previous generations, when they realize that the world and riches is not served on a silver platter. The people in this generation as well as any generation affect everyone. These are the self centered "life is a party" kids that bail out early for work-show up half drunk-and allow for co-workers to pick up the slack. I do not mean to imply that there are not kids within that generation that do not know how to apply themselves and earn what they want. My brother is 25 and a college graduate, my sister is 22 and attends college, and works full time (at times I’ve seen her work 2 jobs). I do believe that this generation will be fine and do fine by the country. I do however feel as if some need to grow up and get jobs and earn what they want, rather than allowing mommy and daddy to pay their rent while they dream of becoming a Lindsey Lohan or Kelley Clarkson.

JC 6 years ago

Umm, as part of said me generation I am pretty disappointed that previous generations don't really get it. I have worked in fast food, retail, etc, etc... and have never considered myself above any of these positions, but with the rising costs of housing, plus student loans, plus other debt (from buying grocceries, when making less money), it is near impossible to live off of such low wages from said jobs. I am not alone in this. Many other post university graduates that I know live in homes with 3-5 other post grads just to get by, without any of the other luxuries that you were talking about.

For many years I could not even afford the luxury of cable tv. Do you have cable? Your own home? A car that works? If so you must be very selfish.

Our generation is going to pay an extra 17% on housing if we buy this year. And it will take us on average 14 years to just pay off our student loans at about 400$/month on an average student loan debt of 30 000$.

We are not lazy we are exhausted! We have to pay 300 000$ for a house that was 150 000$ ten years ago. We have to work harder, with more competion for jobs.

This generation even gets the short end of the stick with taxes. We rent out properties owned by older ppl, we pay someone elses mortgage because we can not afford a down payment on a house, then they get tax credits for renovating these houses! We pay for them and they get the tax credit! What the?

When we were growing up yeah we were told that we were important. We were told that if we work hard we will be successful. Now we are told that if you have a university degree it is not enough, go get a masters. My father worked in a factory and made 2x's the money that I do with just a high school education 30 years ago.

Before people start running off their mouths about how selfish this generation is maybe, they should consider that we are just trying to have what everyone else has, but we have to work allot harder to get it. And yeah, that can be discouraging.

Elaine 6 years ago

I don't think the me gen is much different from mine (babyboomer). We thought we would have it all with little effort. After some time in the real world we grew up. Every younger generation is griped about by the older one, and has been for thousands of years. Back in the time of Aristotle (I think) younger people were described this way- "They run around like they are so great, they take the best cuts of meat from the table as if it is their right". There was more but I can't remember it. Nothing really changes. Kids grow up.

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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

You are right-Kids are Kids. Perhaps it is the economy at this time that is the cause of the ME Generation, not leaving their parents nests, but it seems like they tend to stay attached to their parents for financial support-more so that other generations.

But each generation has its issues-pluses and negatives, I am sure that they will grow into functioning citizens of society when they need to.

Thanks for the comment


Notme 6 years ago

Yeah, and if the previous generation influences the next, then I must say that the previous generation caused the "Me Generation", either by population or power. There are usually causes for these kinds of things, and not everything just pop out for no reason.

On the other hand, if the previous generation always do reap in the dough than the current generation, then that is like saying enslavers telling the slaves that working hard brings liberties, except those liberties goes to the enslavers. This page can sum up to say, "I do not care about the ME generation".

If there is anything wrong with the ME generation, it is because of 'consumerism'. Hence the phrase, "Me, Me, Me", not with living.

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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author


I appreciate your feedback, but if you do not care about the Generations that share this space with you- you don't care about the environment that you live in or what you will be leaving to your children. Each generation needs the ones before and after it to learn and to grow from, as well as to depend on when age causes us not to have the ability to depend on ourselves.

Do I think that the ME Generation is horrid, of course not- I believe that some are afraid of what tomorrow brings-as well as some are spoiled and lazy and others are hard working straight forward young adults. I am not part of the ME Generation, but I do care for them, because I care about my future as well as the future that my children will have. If you do not care about what will be left when you are gone-then that is truly the ME, ME, ME attitude that will flush hopes and dreams down the toilet.

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on this article- I do appreciate you sharing your opposing views.

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Internetwriter62 6 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

Very true, part of your hub reminded me of something I read in a book about making it in the music business. It stated that these overnight successes, took ten years of rehearsing in their garage to prepare for that one night. Meaning, even if things look effortless or instant, it takes a lot of effort and time to get to that point.

The part on the library with the wooden towers of cards, sure brought back a lot memories. I went to high school back in the seventies and early eighties and I had to do my book reports from scratch. Even though, I was a terrible typist and it took my a whole weekend to do a book report, I'm glad because I can write well thanks to all the effort I had to make.

Excellent hub, and very wise advice.

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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Internet Writer, wow, you were busy today reading :) Thanks for the comment. Every generation takes time to get to where they need to be- this one I believe is just scared. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me on the matter-I agree :)

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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

Hey Holly, it is actually incredible to see what things the people of the younger generation have decided to attach to themselves, without effort and the self-absorbed nature of them getting into any position of power is a really scary thought. The selfishness in the present is ruling so many people, it's becoming detrimental to society as a whole. I enjoyed your hub. Thank you for sharing, what a lot people do not realize, as of yet. :) Always a pleasure. :)

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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Cagsil-No Problem... I enjoy sharing controversial thoughts on subjects that are gonna get some attention when the truth comes into play. I appreciate you reading and leaving a comment on this hub :D

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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Wow, was surprised someone as young as you, can see the problems forming with the ME Generation! Great topic of discussion:)

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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

heart4theword, Thanks (I think)... I am older than I look, trust me :) I have noticed that more 19-23 year old's are mooching off Mom and Dad than when I was that age (poor mom and dad) but I also think that a lot of their outlook and behavior has to do with the economy and perhaps fear. I hope that as they mature, just as previous generations have done- there views and responsibilities for self-will fall into place.

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hwire 6 years ago

to quote a wise woman, mary schimch, "Accept certain inalienable truths. Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders."

people in their 30's now at the same starting line as people age 20 ten years ago. if baby boomers want 60 to be the new 50 then 30 is the new 20 and 20 is the new 16.

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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author


you speak much truth within that comment--yet it is still true at the age of 20 (it may be the new 16) you are still capable and legally responsible to make your own choices-if you wish to make choices for yourself---then don't linger at an age where your Mom and Dad still held your hand and told you right or left.

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angeegirl 6 years ago

The sad truth about the ME generation is they will all be dissapointed with life at some point and that is the point in which expectation meets reality. At this juncture in life is when the true growing begins. For some this happens early in life and for some, not until they are well into their adulthood. I enjoyed reading your Hub and I find the topic very interesting.

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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author


i believe that every generation has its issues-but it seems as though this one is very self centered as a whole-not saying that it is each and every person-but many want for riches and fame to fall from the sky with no effort on their part to actually earn their luxury. This scares me- i do hope that this is a temporary generation issue. thanks for the comment and your views :)

Steven Burstein 6 years ago

When I graduated High School in 1978, I expected to be "The next Monty Python"(I'm not even British) ten years hence, but only wound up struggling to make a living as I lived with an abusive father, as I had no patience and only wanted instant gratification. I'm still depressed.Oh, well, live and learn

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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

steven burstein- thanks for the comment and share- sorry you didn't become the next Monty Python... :)

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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Actually I first heard the term ME generation applied to the baby boomers back in the late sixties I think. I think they are the ones in charge now and have been teaching the younger people that dependency is goo..

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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author


thanks for the info, and for leaving the comment. I am always appreciative of well rounded feedback

Assassin Fred 6 years ago

As parents, we have a lot of power to make sure the next generation loses this "feeling of entitlement" that has become commonplace in the "Me Generation." Constant lessons and reinforcement from the parents can explain and instill good values and work ethic into the future leaders of the world.

It takes pro-active parenting though, many parents these days are so consumed in their own careers, that they forget that they are there to be the ethical and moral standard bearer for their children.

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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Assassin Fred

Thanks for the insight on the subject. I agree with what you say. The way that parents are raising their children has so much to do with the way that these children view the world and act. Thanks for reading and for the comment.

Assassin Fred 6 years ago

you're welcome! I am a parent of two, and I am constantly having discussions with them about repurcussions of their actions, and the benefits of hard work. They are starting to get it. They both know that nothing in life comes for free!

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Well said. It is sad and just dumbounding how entitled people are these days. It isn't only the younger generation. There is no humility and no accountability. Why? Much of this is what you have presented here. Also, some parents have checked out. They are no longer the 'captain of the ship' guiding their children. The children run the show. The media is another problem: reality shows, cell phones, Youtube intruding into the privacy of lives and showing what would never have been shown publicly before.

We live in a very narcissistic society! OUr nation is filled with immature, narcissistic examples that call themselves leaders.

Nice job on this hub.

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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Denise...thanks for the comment. I do agree. It isn't just Generation Me with the problem...lots of people are looking down the wrong road or looking for the easy road to get them where they want. It is sad... if we all worked for what we want...maybe we would take better care of what we get. Thanks again for the comment and for reading

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chisom emmanuel 5 years ago from NIGERIA

your hub is useful awesome and beautiful, hmm... i think i in the ME generation, needs to get out........

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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

chisom emmanuel -thanks for the comment! so sorry I did not respond sooner...The ME Generation, has a bit of growing up to do still :)

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Sembj 5 years ago

It seems that older generations have been delivering similar sad assessment of the young from time immemorial; and I suspect the current young may have many criticisms of our generation, too. Time will test their mettle, they will have a hard time dealing with a lot of the messes of the previous generations. I sympathize with much of what you say and I hope and suspect the young may mature and surprise us - let us hope that's the case.

I enjoyed a thoughtful and well-written hub- thanks.

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H.C Porter 5 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Sembj - I completely agree with they will surprise us as they mature. We all (well, most of us) grow up eventually. There will come a time in their lives when they will find a reason to stand on their own and work for what they want in life...I have faith in them for that. Thanks for commenting and for reading, I appreciate the feedback.

Bravo 19 months ago

In my opinion, there is a diercfenfe between love marriage and negotiated marriage . What has been described is definitely negotiated marriage, because the premise of asking the other person is premedidated i.e. you have already decided that he/she is good marriage material. When you meet somebody and realize that you have good chemistry with them amd this closeness/compatibility translates into a wish to marry that in my definition is love marriage. There is a lot more spontaniety in the second case over the first. That's how I like to see it.

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