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What drives you crazy about young people?  All that texting?  All that whining? And what do Generations X and Y think about their Baby Boomer parents and grandparents?

Life (Part 2) takes these issues to the street, then host Robert Lipsyte gets answers from his expert panel.  Social psychologist Jane Adams, author of When Our Grown Kids Disappoint Us, explains the generation gap this way: Baby Boomers felt privileged while their kids feel entitled.   J. Walker Smith, president of the market research company Yankelovich, Inc. and author of Generation Ageless, says Boomers are the most youth-obsessed offspring in history-and they'll continue to think of themselves as forever young no matter how old they get.  Tamara Erickson, author of Plugged In: The Generation Y Guide to Thriving at Work, reminds us that Boomer parents created Gen X and Gen Y.  And she provides tips on how all the generations can get along better on the job.

Lipsyte next turns to what kids who are always online may be doing to their brains.   Dr. Gary Small, M.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at UCLA and the author of iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind, argues that young people who are electronically connected all the time are actually rearranging the way their neurological circuits work.  They don't look at you when they speak because they haven't learned how. And they may also exhibit a troubling lack of empathy. Lipsyte then digs in for the tough truths about the "e-generation"-and why everyone needs to regularly "unplug."

Finally, comedy writer Eric Kornfeld talks about how when he isn't writing Bette Midler's live stage show, he is just another Baby Boomer caught in the middle: no longer young and not yet "really old," but still a little less cool than he thinks.

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