STOP! You're Hurting Their Self-Esteem!
The report goes on to note that there are benefits to self-absorption such as more easily meeting new people or getting on American Idol. However, lest you think the only results will be more bountiful recruiting for American Idol the article also notes some negatives. Namely, the inability to establish and maintain close personal relationships:
Twenge, the author of "Generation Me: Why Today's Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled - and More Miserable Than Ever Before," said narcissists tend to lack empathy, react aggressively to criticism and favor self-promotion over helping others.
I do not look forward to the day when those young ones start getting into positions of power. Think Enron was bad?