Twenge calls those born between 1995 and 2012 "iGen." "Members of this generation are growing up with smartphones, have an Instagram account before they start high school, and do not remember a time before the internet."
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Today's teens are on the brink
of a mental health catastrophe.
"Some generational changes are positive, some are negative, and many are both. More comfortable in their bedrooms than in a car or at a party, today’s teens are physically safer than teens have ever been. They’re markedly less likely to get into a car accident and, having less of a taste for alcohol than their predecessors, are less susceptible to drinking’s attendant ills.
Psychologically, however, they are more vulnerable than Millennials were: Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones." (Emphasis mine.)
Smartphones make teens seriously unhappy.
"There is compelling evidence that the devices we’ve placed in young people’s hands are having profound effects on their lives—and making them seriously unhappy."
Smartphones are related to the increase
in teen loneliness and depression.
So is depression. Once again, the effect of screen activities is unmistakable: The more time teens spend looking at screens, the more likely they are to report symptoms of depression."
Smartphones are related to
an increase in teen suicides.
"Teens who spend three hours a day or more on electronic devices are 35 percent more likely to have a risk factor for suicide, such as making a suicide plan. (That’s much more than the risk related to, say, watching TV.)"
Parents should limit teen smartphone use.
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