Generation isn’t everything

I’d like to see more of the kind of writing and illustrations from stories like Elise Italiano Ureneck’s Oct. 6 cover article, “Lost in our times.”

But while it made for a great read, I’m not sure I agree with psychologist Jean Twenge’s assessment that “when you were born has a larger effect on your personality and attitudes than the family you were raised in.”

There is no greater influence on a young person than the family they are raised in: their customs, what they’re fed, how they’re educated, the presence (or absence) of parents and siblings … these are all fundamental factors that shape people, more important than the “millennial” or “Gen Z” labels we like to give.

— Stanley Booth, South LA

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