Superbad Parenting, I'm Not the Only One
"A study released earlier this year found that the current generation of college students is the most narcissistic ever. In the study, psychologists asked students to respond to statements like, “If I ruled the world, it would be a better place,” “I think I am a special person” and “I can live my life any way I want to.” Two-thirds of the kids showed elevated levels of narcissism — 30 percent more than when the study was first done in 1982.
How did this happen?"
I say it might have something to do with the well-meaning, but idiotic, Self-Esteem movement that took off in public schools around then. And I've been saying it for years.
You can find McGrath's more complicated answer here. You decide.
Based on what I read they should have called it "The Worst, Most Screwed Up Kids Ever." I'm not buying it.