The world’s first digital generation is coming of age. And one expert says the news about young lives shaped by smart phones and social media is mixed, at best.
Jean Twenge is professor of psychology at San Diego State University and the author of “I-Gen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood and What That Means for the Rest of Us,” due out later this month.
She says “iGens” are a very protected generation.
“Not just physical safety, but what they call ’emotional safety.’ I look at these big surveys and interest in safety shows up over and over there. It did as well in some of the interviews I did with young people. They would focus a lot on: ‘Well, yes it’s important to be physically safe, but we also want to make sure that no one says anything that offends us. And you never know what one of them is going to say so that’s even harder to control,’ one of them told me. I think that goes a long way in explaining why we have so-called ‘safe spaces’ on campus in response to views people disagree with.”
Twenge says iGens are more prone to depression than previous generations and one in four iGens shows little or no interest in getting a driver license on their 18th birthday.
Twenge was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning.