It's been ten years since the iPhone came out, and now the first generation to grow up with smartphones is coming of age. Jean Twenge, a psychologist who has studied generational behaviors, has found troubling signals that these devices seem to be taking a visible toll on the mental health of post-Millennials. In the September 2017 issue of The Atlantic, Twenge shares her findings in a story adapted from her new book, iGen: 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.
In this episode, we talk with Twenge about her findings, hear from a few members of the post-Millennial generation about their relationships with their devices, and discuss what the research means for parents.
- “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” (Jean Twenge)
- iGen: 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
- “Your Smartphone Reduces Your Brainpower, Even If It’s Just Sitting There” (Rob Meyer)
- “A Letter to the Young (And Their Parents)” (Midge Decter, 1975)
- “A Generation Without Public Passion” (Arlie Hochschild, 2001)
- “The Organization Kid” (David Brooks, 2001)
- “Joy” (Zadie Smith, The New York Review of Books)
- “The Secret Life of a Book Manuscript” (Thomas Ricks)
- “The Machine Stops” (E.M. Forster)
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