Today's kids, teens, and young adults are iGen/GenZ (Born after 1995), the first generation to spend their entire adolescence with smartphones. iGen adolescents are growing up more slowly and taking longer to engage in adult activities. iGen spends more time communicating electronically, less time with their friends in person, and less time sleeping. Perhaps as a result, they are more likely to struggle with unhappiness, anxiety, and depression. This presentation will discuss ways to find a better balance with technology for a healthier and happier life.
- Describe the trends toward adolescents growing up more slowly.
- Describe the changes in mental health among teens after 2012 and their possible connection to the rise of technology.
- State ways to manage technology use.
Jean M. Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, is the author of more than 140 scientific publications and six books, the latest of which is iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy - and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood. She holds a BA and MA from the University of Chicago and a PhD. from the University of Michigan.
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