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Something Constructive : A Reply to Comments, Red Herrings Versus Swedish Fishes, and Hopefully Alice in Wonderland Versus Groundhog Day


In this reply to the comments on our original article, we identify common themes and respond to some specific issues that appear 
to be at the core of the debate over the evidence for ‘‘Generation Me.’’ In particular, we point out that generational studies have 
both applied and theoretical consequences and echo the sentiment that developmental considerations are likely to be more 
important than generational considerations when thinking about the attributes of today’s young people. We also acknowledge 
that disagreements are inevitable, as this is a controversial issue of study. However, we reiterate our commitment to the 
interpretation of effect sizes rather than null hypothesis significance testing and emphasize the need for care when 
psychological scientists offer broad and often moralistic pronouncements about entire generations of young people. 
Dr. Kali Trzesniewski,
Jan 21, 2013, 8:03 PM