Dr. Jean Twenge is a psychologist and author of the 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.” She joins Ben Domenech for a conversation on the Federalist Radio Hour.
Studies of this generation labeled “iGen” are showing unprecedented levels of anxiety and depression. “There are all these indicators from all these different places suggesting that right around the time, 2011, 2012, when most people had a smart phone, is when you see these mental health effects showing up.”
Twenge studies how “iGen” differs from every generation before it, in its religion, sexuality, and politics. “They are feeling unhappy and dissatisfied and disconnected, and religion historically has been one of the best ways to remedy that, so there’s always the possiblity that they will come back but it doesn’t look that way at the moment.”