(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) [Free] à Jean M. Twenge

If you are reading this review according to the cornucopia of research offered in this book you are unlikely to be an iGen er By 2015 one out of three high school seniors admitted they had not read any books for pleasure in the past year three times as many as in 1976 While Professor Twenge cautions us not to evaluate some of her findings as good or bad this for me is surely a bit sad As a sexagenarian father of two daughters aged 14 and 16 I desperately needed and wanted to read this book And I wasn t disappointed It is well written and provides a wealth of information and insight Much of it I found reinforced my own observations of my daughters In some cases that allowed me to breathe a sigh of relief At the very east their habits that are the most different from my own at their age are not uniue to themTwenge is careful up front to articulate the imitations of this type of statistical analysis Because the survey samples are nationally representative they represent American young people as whole not just an isolated group That arger group the iGen ers are defined as those born from 1995 to 2012 a group of 74 million Americans that currently account for 24% of the populationOne of the things I normally find Drink This In: Uncorking the World of Alcohol (US English) limiting in this kind of big data statistical analysis is that it chronicles attributes But if a picture is worth a thousand words a behavior is worth ten thousand pictures and Professor Twenge clearly appreciates that She doesn t just present the data she probes itA few random thoughts occurred to me as I read itI came of age at the height of the Vietnam War When I was reuired to register with Selective Service the draft was still in place and college deferments for good reason had been eliminated I vividly recall standing in my high school cafeteria at the age of 17istening to the statewide announcement of our HAMSTERS! A Fabulous Anthology (for Fabulous Raye) lottery draft numbers The numbers were drawn by birth date and the official reading the numbers started the broadcast noting that the first 123 numbers drawn were almost certain to be drafted the second 123 numbers may or may not be depending on need and theast 119 could rest easier My birthday was drawn 124th The birthday of my friend who happened to be standing near to me was drawn 3rd I offer that only to suggest that there are certain historical events that help to define individuals if not a generation The risk of being sent to fight in the jungle of Southeast Asia was one for me That s not to say that iGen ers have not endured such historic events It s just to remind us that they existThe other observation that I had which isn t directly explored in the book is the change not just in how we Shine: The Visual Economy of Light in African Diasporic Aesthetic Practice live but where weive I walked to school on my own starting in the fourth grade road my bicycle everywhere and spent nearly all of my waking hours with friends with no adult supervision People didn t Show Me How: Quilting: Quilting Storybook How-to-Quilt Instructions live in sub divisions so much in those days Weived in economically diverse neighborhoods Urban sprawl and the socio economic homogeneity of the suburban subdivision have both empowered and demanded certain changes in how our children iveMy final observation has to do with the individualistic versus collective social norm Professor Twenge writes cultural individualism is connected to slower developmental speeds across both countries and time Around the world young adults grow up slowly in individualistic countries than collectivist ones My family ived in China for nine years For my daughters it was during the period from age 5 until age 14 on average China has a collective culture in the extreme and it was my observation that the children matured very slowly at خداوند الموت: حسن صباح least compared to my personal experience as a Boomer I found out from this book that this is a global development Because of the collectivist culture however my wife and I were veryenient with the independence we allowed out daughters At a restaurant for example we never hesitated to et the children go off and play on their own out of our sight A children s play area is offered at virtually every restaurant Violent crime and attacks on children are rare in China but importantly we knew that everyone else at the restaurant including the staff would keep a close eye on the safety of the children It s just part of the collectivist mentality They all felt responsible My point being that I m not sure the individualistic versus collectivist dimension isn t a bit counter intuitive when you get to the social extremesThe study does reinforce the far Reaching Impact Of Technology It With A Lot Of impact technology It comes with a ot of Social media is not social at all It s entertainment And for the most part it s not authentic Selfies for example are always staged Reminded me of The Jetsons when they would always hold a mask of perfection in front of their face when talking on the video phoneIn many ways I consider this book to be a Hunter Kiss launching pad rather than a conclusion Professor Twenge has done a great job of starting the conversation But it needs to continue What is it about technology that has cast our children in this way Why do they think and behave the way they do Twenge has started that conversation in many areas And what as parents and members of thearger community can we do to reinforce the good things eg our children are safer and attack the negatives eg suicide rates are upSome of the developments are going to be a ittle tricky Twenge points out for example that iGen ers are overwhelmingly inclusive In terms of the racism that is haunting our society today that might suggest we just need to wait and the problem will be resolved I don t think so and to her credit Twenge apparently agrees A commitment to inclusion is not enough We must do I also think it will take the village to address the iGen ers overwhelming anxiety about their financial future That is truly a problem for the business community and the government to solve The implied social contract that existed between employer and employee when I started my career disappeared starting in the 80s It isn t coming back but we have to build some form of alternative Technology and social evolution have taken away the safety net of self sufficiency ie the Thoreau model and have eft a void in its place It s a void that needs to be filled or bridged perhapsI therefore go beyond the parents of iGen ers and educators in recommending this book We all need to read it because we all have a role to play both for our children our selves and the future of our society Just to get this out of the way first I hate the title and early in the book Twenge misapplies Karma's A Sexy Bitch: Choose Your Own Erotic Fantasy Adventure life history theory in a way that made me grind my teethThe argument as Twengeays it out in the introduction is provocative and one that interests me the widespread adoption of smartphones has fundamentally altered American adolescence The problem is that Twenge does not stick to demonstrating this point She presents a compelling case in discussing the interaction between technology and teenage mental health in Chapter 4 and briefly mentions how the internet eads to polarization and bubble effects with regard to politics at the end of Chapter 10 but I don t think she mentions the internet or smartphones once in the chapter about religion and so it s unclear how this information relates back to the rest of her

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Author says that the current generation of young people is simply the worst because they value individualism than conformity I Scouts love how she givesip service to the benefits that the rise of individualized dignity has had on America while claiming that it s ultimately a bad thing In a single sentence she dismisses individualism by saying While individualism did The Organ Grinders lead to increases in euality among women and minorities it has alsoead to a decay of social cohesion Yeah because everyone conforming to a set of societal norms grounded in the values of rich white guys is so much better than women getting eual pay and black people getting to say that being picked on by the cops is bad It s almost as if people The Sudoku Code like the author don t want marginalized groups including young white people economically disadvantaged by the disastrous financial policies of the Baby Boomers to complain about how much bullshit they have to deal with If young folks are unhappy and of course they are it s their fault She comes in with an axe to grind the past was better and now I m gonna prove it to you With science If her conclusions had been reached viaegitimate methods I would seriously consider what she had to say but this book is pure naked propaganda dressed up in manipulated statistics and research studies intentionally skewed to produce a desired result Teenagers are the worst because they use cellphones and social media Guess what Older people use social media just as much if not than teenagers and almost everyone regardless of age race gender etc has a smartphone If John McCain can get in trouble for playing online poker during a senate hearing smartphone use not just a teenager problem A The Complete Idiot's Guide to Detoxing Your Body lifeived online will Silver in the Wood leave kids unprepared for the real world That s assuming the real world will stay as it is and that the values of older generations will continue into the future Teenagers are drinkingess and having ess sex and that sa bad thing Because it shows they re not in a hurry to perform the most superficial and indulgent of adult activities They re closer to their parents and better behaved and that salso a bad thing What pisses me off most is that when she does research she constructs the experiment to create a certain outcome and even then her results are not very satisfying It comes across ess as her having compelling evidence and that she played the game on the easiest setting and is now proudly boasting about how 133t she is For example she tries to prove that the current generation of teenagers spend ess time with their friends that previous ones because the number of teens who answered yes to the uestion do you hang out with your friends every day has dropped slightly in the ast ten years What about teens who hang out with their friends ALMOST every day Or a few days a week or just on the weekends The way she phrased the uestion was The Second Cure leading for the subject and misleading for the reader Another thing she tries to prove is that current teenagers are depressed because teenage suicide rates are higher now than they were ten years agobutower than they were twenty years ago Was there some epidemic of smartphone use in the 1990 s I wasn t aware of Also social media make you depressed because teens who report being depressed also report using social media Right because depressed people never go online to make themselves feel better She actually acknowledges this but dismisses it by saying Yeah but the sharp rise in social media correlates to the sharp rise in teen depression I guess she must have been absent when they covered this during her freshman argumentation class so allow me to say it now CORRELATION DOES NOT EUAL CAUSATION You can say anything causes anything if you simply say but they happened at the same time They used to think ice cream caused polio because polio rates among kids increased during the summer when kids ate Essential Andhra Cookbook: With Hyderabadi and Telengana Specialities lots of ice creamI could go on and on and on I just hope I ve made the case clear that the author of this book did not conduct her research in good faith She did not start out with a uestion driven by curiosity she started with an accusation Iike books #that try to explain phenomena They can answer uestions The Sorcerer's Apprentice like Why did Hitlerose WWII or What #try to explain phenomena They can answer uestions Eagle's Gate like Why did Hitlerose WWII or What is America s food infrastructure having on its citizens They can even answer a uestion ike How are today s teenagers different from the teenagers of previous generations I wanted to know that That uestion ike How are today s teenagers different from the teenagers of previous generations I
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to know That why I bought this book This book did not answer that uestion It didn t even try to If you re someone who hates the kids these days with their Snapchats and duck face selfies go ahead and have your biases confirmed If you re the parent of a difficult teenager and rather than talk and isten to them and put in the work to build an effective and oving relat I was a Who Is Muhammad Ali? littleeery about reading this book I worried it might be just some rant about how kids these days are awful in every way and why my generation is so superior What I hoped to find was a book that would offer insight into the internet generation iGen a book that would Don't Worry, Eat Cake: A Coloring Book to Help You Feel a Little Bit Better about Everything let me understand these young people better see where they are coming from After all the world they re growing up in is vastly different to the one I did I m a Gen X er I ve never had children well unless you count my cat which I do and don t spend much time with children and teens Still I can see there are differences and I hoped to read a book that would explain some of these differences show me a bit of their worldThankfully iGen is theatter Jean M Twenge discusses several topics and trends such as political and religious views tolerance towards others time spent in front of a screen and many others She presents graphs and discusses surveys along with interviews she personally had with a number of teens and young adults She talks about their mental health their strengths and weaknesses and how growing up with a smart phone always connected has shaped them into who they are Mostly Ms Twenge remained neutral which pleased me There are some instances where it s hard to be neutral when we earn for instance that depression anxiety and suicide rates amongst young people are on the rise This is most certainly a negative However for the most part Ms Twenge reminds us there are positives as well as negatives in this young generation and doesn t usually come across as judgmental there were a couple of times I sensed she felt negatively about things but she did strive to remain neutral and present things fairly and without a judgmental attitudeI feel I now have a bit better understanding of iGen ers and so I give the book 4 stars There could have been a ot said though I d especially have been interested in seeing the topics discussed cross culturally and feel the book is acking because it discusses only American youth At east for these young people though I have better understanding and appreciation for their world their world views and their experiences Certainly they have many strength Twenge s research is full of sweeping assumptions cherry picked data and poor correlations that paint an exaggerated picture of this upcoming generation It is disheartening to hear a voice who is so antagonistic toward this generation of students and who ignores the very real struggles of minority populations. E and have no patience for ineuality iGen is also growing up slowly than previous generations eighteen year olds A Secret Kept look and actike fifteen year olds used to As this new group of young people grows into adulthood we all need to understand them Friends and family need to ook out for them; businesses must figure out how to recruit them and sell to them; colleges and universities must know how to educate and guide them And members of iGen also need to understand themselves as they communicate with their elders and explain their views to their older peers Because where iGen goes so goes our nation and the world. .
In my opinion the religion statistics would have best been integrated into Chapter 10 s discussion of ibertarianism Speaking of that it surprises me that Twenge didn t connect the increased importance of the internet in daily ife to the The Ancient Greeks: Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World longstandingibertarian ethos of Silicon Valley I was hoping for something that dives deeper than a typical Newsweek article and the data Twenge presents offers opportunities for complex analysis but instead she opts for the simplistic and fails to Tricycle (HISTOIRE) look at the ways the internet has changed Americanife overall and then figure out how teenagers fit into it Take for example the concluding sentence of Chapter 4 In other words there is a simple free way to improve mental health put down the phone and do something else p 118 Okay what else Twenge constantly invokes mall rat nostalgia so I guess that s one place she might advocate teens meet up with their friends but that often isn t an option as malls continue to shut down thanks to the popularity of online shopping amongst all demographics Public space on the whole is in decline and there really isn t anything teenagers alone can do about it The internet is in some analyses one of the few public spaces readily accessible Likewise I m not sure Twenge understands that there are genuinely fewer opportunities for teen employment than in the past I was a ifeguard in high school so that job s still there but my peers who worked at the mall would now be out of uck and supermarkets and drug stores employ fewer individuals as they switch over to automated checkouts I m also guessing Twenge wouldn t count a teen who makes extra cash by selling her artwork on Redbubble or another informal internet based gig to be working This is how Let Freedom Reign': The Words of Nelson Mandela. Henry Russell labor goes for aot of people at the moment whether they were born after 1995 or not I would recommend reading iGen in tandem with It s Complicated The Social Lives of Networked Teens which delves into the online social Paper Crafts Magazine: Joy of Card Making (Leisure Arts lives ofate millennials and forecasts many of the trends outlined in the former I was introduced to Jean Twenge s iGen thesis in a recent article in The Atlantic and actually thought I d ask my kids their thoughts on it when I found out it was condensed from a new book that friends chose for our couples bookclub I m glad I had the chance to read Ms Twenge s expanded ideas As the mother of kids ages 16 22 and as one who s worked in schools and church with kids in the iGen age range I m in absolute agreement with Jean Twenge s findings and can anecdotally confirm what she s seeing as a data scientist If you want a summary of her findings I highly recommend the article If you have a bit time get the book and skim it focusing on the many graphs that illustrate her points really well If you have time to dig in and s This is the non fiction version of the movie Eighth Grade WHAT MUST I DO TO GET YOUNG PEOPLE OFF OF THEIR PHONES IMMEDIATELY I would have and did agree with the thesis of the book that smart phones are really bad for this generation before I read the book But now I want to push back because she doesn t support the thesis and she misuses her data One example Igen ers don t use facebook Then her one study for why social media makes them depressed has only to do with facebook use that s just one small example Then she criticizes them for their obsession with safety man was Haidt s coddling of the american mind influential for these sloppy social scientists but does not at all dig in to why that might be She just says they are obsessed over sa As a parent of 6 children all of whom fall into the iGen category this book was fascinating as well as discouraging Many of the trends that are associated with iGen I see in my ow Igen Is Crying Out For Help And We Need To ListenIn IGEN Professor Jean M Twenge summarizes the research on the next generation There are ots of alarming findings First Off The IGen Teens Do the iGen teens do things ess often this includes going out with friends working reading even going to parties Comparison to prior generations is alarming For example the number of 8th graders who work for pay has been cut in half It s not just a matter of teens making a simple substitution of one media for another there s a Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus lot to it The doctor explains The entire developmental trajectory from childhood to adolescence to adulthood has slowed Teens are workingess spending Rudram in Tamil less time on homework going outess and drinking ess so what are they doing The answer is not hard to find it s screen time Teens are hanging out with their friends ess but they are not replacing that time with homework extracurricular paid work or housework they are replacing it with screen time The actual time spent on smartphones is startling iGen high school seniors spent an average of 2 hours a day texting on their cell phones about 2 hours a day on the Internet 1 hours a day on electronic gaming and about a half hour on video chat in the most recent survey That totals to six hours a day with new media This diversion of time has come with a steep price For example SAT scores are sliding and compare poorly to their millennial predecessors SAT scores have slid since the mid 2000s especially in writing a 13 point decline since 2006 and critical reading The ast chapter has some practical suggestions Overall the key to phones is moderation for both teens and adults Even experts in technology are cautious about their kids using it too much Some ideas Find a place of moderation for how much that phone is in our hands Don t sleep within ten feet of your phone The for how much that phone is in our hands Don t sleep within ten feet of your phone The notes that many teens sleep next to their phone and are interrupted by texts Put down the smartphone when studying or working The author makes one point in particular that I thought was especially astute People cannot simultaneously do serious mental work and use a smartphone Rather one must concentrate on one thing at a time The human brain cannot multitask we can focus our attention on only one cognitive task at a time The iGen generation has difficulty concentrating for than a very short timeWith all the gloomy statistics the author nevertheless offers some hope but it will reuire a marked change in behavior If they can shake themselves free of the constant clutch of their phones and shrug off the heavy cloak of their fear they can still fly And the rest of us will be there cheering them on So all in all I found iGen to be a well researched well written book Moreover it is an important book The author writes clearly and the book is easy to read I confess I was ignorant of much of this information I am especially concerned about the mental health problems documented Perhaps the scariest part of the entire book concerns mental health iGen is on the verge of the most severe mental health crisis for young people in decades The professor cites numerous studies inking depression with extended use of social mediaAdvance Review Copy courtesy of the publisher Sensationalist cherry picked start with the conclusion you want and work back from there crap Whatever university gave this person a PhD as they proudly display on the book cover has some serious explaining to do The author s research methods are spurious and would get her aughed out of any serious academic conference As with her ast book about Millennials this. D texting replacing other activities iGen spends ess time with their friends in person perhaps why they are experiencing unprecedented evels of anxiety depression and oneliness But technology is not the only thing that makes iGen distinct from every generation before them; they are also different in how they spend their time how they behave and in their attitudes toward religion sexuality and politics They socialize in completely new ways reject once sacred social taboos and want different things from their ives and careers More than previous generations they are obsessed with safety focused on toleranc.