Young adults believe that their generation is the most narcissistic and called the life-generation, but are "upset" by being labeled as such, reveals a new study.
According to research published in the journal PLOS One On Wednesday, adults aged 18 to 25 believe that they are the oldest lifespan.
Researchers at the Bovling Green State University in the United States conducted three studies to find out how younger generations react to words such as "narcissism" and "right" and are described as such.
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The participants of the first study included more than 1,000 university students and 724 people from different age groups in the online survey.
Participants of the survey were asked questions about their personality traits, stereotypes about age groups and their views on narcissism and right and as features and markings for their generations.
Findings have shown that young adults consider that their generations and adolescents are the most dangerous and most natural age groups. However, it also suggests that the attitudes of older people about narcissism and the rights of these generations are overstated in the attitudes of young people about oneself.
Two additional studies included researchers who examined the reactions of 218 and 376 students to sections of written materials that describe people aged 18 to 25 years.
The results showed that students reacted negatively to their age group and described them as narcissistic and in a similar way to reacting to other "undesirable" tags as easily offended and overly sensitive.
Dr Josh Grubbs, professor of psychology at State University Bovling Green and the lead author of the study, said: "All generations think that the youngest generations (millennia and generation Z) are the most unproblematic and most respected generation.
"However, the millennium and generation Z do not like this characterization and believe it is less than the older generations."
In spite of the fact that young people believe that those who live in the middle, Dr. Grubbs claims that this does not mean that this is true, explaining that they may adopt this stereotype, which is often emphasized in the media and in previous psychological studies.
"This story, in part, started with us," said Dr Grubbs for New York Times. "Psychologists were you who talked about the epidemic of narcissism."
"There is a huge debate in psychology and there is a year," he said. "But nobody took the time just to basically say," Well, how do the kids feel about it? "
In the light of the study, Dr Grubbs said he was shocked with the knowledge that young people accepted the label that they were narcissistic and had the right.
"I expected more denialism or skepticism, if you want," he told the audience.
Grubbs hopes that the results of this study will encourage people to talk less about labeling the broader generations.
"Maybe be a little more careful and kinder can be an implication," he said.