Thursday, January 17, 2008

Narcissism and the Current Youth Generation

Today's New York Times had an interesting article on whether the current generation of young people are more narcissistic than those of previous decades. Two sets of researchers looked into this question and came up with vastly different conclusions. (Thanks to Sylvia Niehuis for sending me the link.)

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Young Adults' Views of Love and Relationships

AOL and pollster John Zogby (best known for his election surveys) teamed up for a national study of 20-69 year-olds' views of love and relationships. Summaries of the findings are available [this link updated 10/3/08].

Of greatest relevance to Emerging Adulthood, of course, are the results for the youngest respondents in the survey. Several age-group differences are discussed in the aforementioned results document, but they appear fairly modest in magnitude. For example:

More than 4 in 10 Americans (44%), including 50% in their 20s don't believe that they need to be married to validate the commitment of a long-term relationship...

As I've often expressed in the past, studying the dynamics of young adults' attitudes, decision-making, and relationship establishment in the romantic domain would seem to be a fruitful research area.