A recent article in the upcoming issue of The Atlantic sparks a very interesting conversation about the influence of technology, and how a whole generation is growing up with smartphones. Long gone are the days when kids 11 and up would go out and play until “the lights come on”. Now it’s about having a device that keeps kids connected to friends, watching their favorite shows, playing online & mobile games, and staying on top of whatever is trending on social media. The statistics expose something that has become more newsworthy, and that is the mental health of young kids and teenagers.
A generation of children are growing up with smartphones as their key outlet for socializing. Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, has coined this group as “iGen.”
She says members of this generation are physically safer than those who came before them. They drink less, they learn to drive later and they’re holding off on having sex. But psychologically, she argues, they are far more vulnerable. Listen to her interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered”.