By: Zosia Bielski
The Globe and Mail
May 3, 2013
Today’s teens are more materialistic but less willing to work for their toys than baby boomers were when they were in high school, according to an incendiary new study that assessed the work ethic of three generations of high-school seniors.
“Compared to previous generations, recent high-school graduates are more likely to want lots of money and nice things, but less likely to say they’re willing to work hard to earn them,” study co-author and San Diego State University psychology professor Jean Twenge said in a release. Twenge called this disparity the “fantasy gap” – Salon called it “delusional.”