Never before has the American student body held such a high opinion of themselves, according to an analysis of the American Freshman Survey. American students consider themselves “above average” in a number of criteria, according to the survey which has been polling students since 1966. Only on the question of their “writing ability” were most students only cautiously confident in their abilities.
In a report in the U.K. Daily Mail on this survey of American college students, they note that researchers found a “disconnect” between the student’s opinions of themselves and their actual abilities.
While students are much more likely to call themselves gifted in writing abilities, objective test scores actually show that their writing abilities are far less than those of their 1960s counterparts.
Also on the decline is the amount of time spent studying, with little more than a third of students saying they study for six or more hours a week compared to almost half of all students claiming the same in the late 1980s.
The report in the Daily Mail warns that, given the disparity between students’ self-image and their actual capabilities, the likelihood of experiencing depression in adulthood increases.
Read the full report via the U.K. Daily Mail.
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