Generation Y, a term in popular culture for those born between the 1980s and 90s, generally believe they have a right to entitlement and lack work ethics, according to a new study.
Professor Paul Harvey, of the University of Hampshire, conducted a series of studies on a group of Gen-Yers to measure psychological entitlement and narcissism.
AdvertisementHe found they scored 25 per cent higher than respondents ages 40 to 60 and 50 per cent higher than those over 61.
Professor Harvey concluded Gen-Yers are characterised by a "very inflated sense of self" that leads to "unrealistic expectations."
He pointed out that it subsequently leads to "chronic disappointment".
"Even if they fail miserably at a job, they still think they're great at it," the Telegraph quoted him, as saying.
Professor Harvey added that the sense of entitlement "gets ingrained in the formative years."
He said: "It stems from the self-esteem movement, telling kids, "You're great, you're special."