Who’s The Snowflake? Study On Narcissism Finds Baby Boomers Are More Sensitive Than Millennials

Millennials have dealt with a bad reputation for a while. Lazy, entitled, “everyone gets a trophy,” snowflakes, triggered. Even TIME magazine got in on the insults.

TIME magazine cover reading "The ME ME ME Generation: Millennials are lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with their parents"

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Well, well, well. There’s a new study in town and it makes y’all look like a buncha jerks.

A journal article published in Psychology and Aging found, in fact, that baby boomers are more sensitive than millennials. (A millennial could have also told you this.)

Titled “Longitudinal changes and historic differences in narcissism from adolescence to older adulthood,” it studied 750 people in the Baby Boomer generation and found, in not as many words, that the older you are, the bigger the snowflake you are.

The study found that “more later-born birth cohorts were lower in hypersensitivity and higher in autonomy compared with earlier-born birth cohorts; these differences were most apparent among those born after the 1930s.”

Lead author William Chopik also wrote, “There are things that happen in life that can shake people a little bit, and force them to adapt their narcissistic qualities. As you age, you form new relationships, have new experiences, start a family and so on. All of these factors make someone realize that it’s not ‘all about them,'” Chopik continued.

The study also found that younger generations are becoming better behaved.

According to a paper in Psychological Medicine, between 2003 and 2014, substance use disorders for those aged 12-17 declined by a whopping 49 percent. Furthermore, delinquent behaviors such as assault, stealing, and carrying weapons also fell by 34 percent.

But, as we said, millennials knew this all along.

Has anyone checked in on Gen X?

Turns out Gen X is doing just fine.

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