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Old 03-27-2013, 10:45 AM
 
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Thought I'd post this question, Do you feel that people are more selfish & self absorbed
today than before?
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:47 AM
 
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No, its an always looks better in the past thing.
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:48 PM
 
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I think that society in general is more selfish/self absorbed than in the past. It's almost like, as the population grows, people are more about themselves. Seems to be more of a "dog eat dog world."
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Old 03-27-2013, 02:38 PM
 
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Yes, especially younger people.
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:34 PM
 
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I think that society in general is more selfish/self absorbed than in the past. It's almost like, as the population grows, people are more about themselves. Seems to be more of a "dog eat dog world."
More of the same. All of the great Industrialist in the late 1800-1900s were the
epitome of being" Selfish and Self Absorbed". It was really "dog eat dog" back then.
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Absotootenlutely.

Recent generations apparently not only fail to see beyond "what do I get?" but they see self sacrifice as foolish. Work ethic is dying out too.
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:53 PM
 
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Absotootenlutely.

Recent generations apparently not only fail to see beyond "what do I get?" but they see self sacrifice as foolish. Work ethic is dying out too.
I've noticed this too.
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Old 03-27-2013, 03:59 PM
 
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I think we take more pictures because of the age of social media and we air our thoughts more because of the age of anonymity we have with social media but I think if we're more selfish and self-absorbed today, it's because we don't feel much of our own self-worth and value anymore unless we do so. Many of us don't even think we exist if not for social media and other forms of communication.

Personally, I think we're more sensitive, immediate, and graphic today more so than selfish and self-absorbed. I'm thinking of the people in their 20s whose parents come with them to job interviews, the bullies who seem to be upping their tactics, and the kids who are committing suicide because they lack the foresight at times to see that this too shall pass because it's not passing fast enough. Whatever happened to making a vision for your life and then working towards it? "One day I'll move out of this place and be somebody and these people will rue the day they mistreated me!" What happened to that???
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Old 03-27-2013, 05:46 PM
 
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I feel the world has changed since I was growing up. Smart phones have replaced all communications between people. Well almost all.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:02 PM
 
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Yes. It's a measurable effect:

The Internet Narcissism Epidemic

America's Narcissism Epidemic

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In data from 37,000 college students, narcissistic personality traits rose just as fast as obesity from the 1980s to the present, with the shift especially pronounced for women.

The rise in narcissism is accelerating, with scores rising faster in the 2000s than in previous decades. By 2006, 1 out of 4 college students agreed with the majority of the items on a standard measure of narcissistic traits. Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), the more severe, clinically diagnosed version of the trait, is also far more common than once thought. Nearly 1 out of 10 of Americans in their twenties, and 1 out of 16 of those of all ages, has experienced the symptoms of NPD.
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