iGen is growing up more slowly as adolescents, taking longer to engage in adult activities such as working, driving, dating, having sex, and drinking alcohol. iGen spends more of their leisure time with digital media and less time seeing their friends face-to-face; they also spend less time sleeping. Perhaps this is why they are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Overall, iGen is physically safer but more mentally vulnerable.
Orygen and UNSW’s Centre for Ideas present Dr Jean Twenge and a panel of experts, facilitated by Hamish Macdonald, in an important conversation about the future of young people and the impact technology is having on their lives.
Dr Jean M. Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, is the author of more than 140 scientific publications and books. Her latest book is iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood. Her research has been covered in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and The Washington Post. She lives in San Diego with her husband and three daughters.
The talk is part of the UNSW Grand Challenge on Living with 21st Century Technology.
Presented by Orygen and UNSW Centre for Ideas.