It is common to deplore the "Me Generation," but it is hard to discern which "Me Generation" you mean.
Elders have turned the byways of Millennials into cocktail jokes. Time magazine featured them as the "Me Me Me Generation."
Yet, today's generation isn't all that different than the "Me Generation" responsible for the "Me Decade" in the 1970s. Yes, the gadgets are spiffier, but the self-absorption is old school.
Some claim the emerging generation of Americans is hyper-narcissistic and unable to escape a life wedgie that traps them in their parents' house and a low-paying job, if they are employed at all.
Those who have persevered and obtained a college education, even a graduate degree, are floundering in a restructuring economy with specific needs and little patience for indulgent behavior.
But The Atlantic suggests many post-war generations have displayed eccentricities, bordering on neurosis. Woody Allen, after all, is a symbol of his generation's disquieting anxieties.
Instead of caricaturing or stereotyping a generation, it might make sense to talk with its members to see what worries young people. Those who have bothered have learned young people fear a future with less promise than their parents. Like many older adults, they are confused and disoriented about the rapid changes swirling around them, even as they enjoy the fruits of cool new technology.
Young people today have grown up in a world where digital media and mobile devices seem the norm, not the latest, coolest thing. The Great Depression, the advent of indoor plumbing and the dawning of the television age sound like fantasies, not history.