Kids These Days…

December 5th, 2008

Finally, scientific proof that what the graying generation has been saying for years is true.

“Researchers compared responses from teens in 1975 and 2006, asking questions about their qualities and abilities. The study, published last month, found that today’s kids consider themselves to be far more intelligent and capable than their 1970s counterparts, and more likely to report being “completely satisfied” with themselves.”

The study also says that 93% of teens feel good about themselves. I want to know how this is possible. It’s amazing, but such an impressively large percentage. I mean, I think it is good for kids to grow up with healthy self-esteem. As someone who has dealt with and still does occasionally deal with self-esteem and body image issues, I know how debilitating a negative self-image can be. But, it seems statistically improbable for so many young Americans to be personally satisfied.

The article suggests that the extreme satisfaction might be too much of a good thing. Over-confidence can lead to attitudes of entitlement and laziness.

What do you think?

The Science Word 08_12_02

December 4th, 2008
Dr. Kiki Sanford talks about recent scientific work in HIV research, robotics, and plastic lab equipment in this episode of The Science Word. Distributed by Tubemogul.