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)

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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 author says that the current generation of young people is simply the worst because they value i I was a Whoops!: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay 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 Michelangelo: His Epic Life 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 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge learn 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 aot said though I d especially have been interested in seeing the topics discussed cross culturally and feel the book is Boy Soldiers of the Great War: Their Own Stories for the First Time lacking because it discusses only American youth Ateast for these young people though I have better understanding and appreciation for their world their world views and their experiences Certainly they have many strengths not just weaknesses Every generation has its positives and its negatives and iGen is no different I hope they will be able to fix some of the problems my and other generations have created and ook forward to seeing what all they will accomplish once they are able to set out into the world 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 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
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as in 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 two daughters aged 14 and 16 I desperately needed and wanted to read this book And I wasn 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 Gandhi Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age 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 Les Innocents 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 I Was A Stranger 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 ive in sub divisions so much in those days We ived in economically diverse neighborhoods Urban sprawl and the socio economic homogeneity of the suburban subdivision. A highly readable and entertaining first The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States look at how today’s members of iGen the children teens and young adults born in the mid 1990s andater are vastly different from their Millennial predecessors and from any other generation from the renowned psychologist and author of Generation MeWith generational divides wider than ever parents educators and employers have an urgent need to understand today’s rising generation of teens and young adults Born in the mid 1990s to the mid 2000s and ater iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone With social media an. 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 UsTlined 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 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 safety Let me take a guess at why that might be Could it be that this generation was born right after 911 and columbine and has had to watch endless war school shootings and rising ineuality But maybe et s Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth look at their parents Their parents didn tet them go out pushed them to perform at school and drugged them up when they started acting out And now that they apparently feel unsafe in the world and don t get drunk at parties and have unprotected sex we make fun of them and call them snowflakes This is not serious science and it s crappy social commentary You can t just describe a whole generation in sweeping and derogatory descriptions and display zero curiosity about how it is that they got there My students are igen and millenials and sure sometimes they annoy me because they re kids and they do immature kid 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts like things And smart phones are definitely not good but I hate when older generations talk about how the kids are a mess and somehow worse than we were They are not We were bad too And this story is super old and tired 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 own children however not all of them are negative I am excited to share my thoughts on this in an upcoming group discussion After reading 11 chapters of data trends and insights followed up by 1 chapter of what to do nows I would appreciate another book on ways to embrace the positives in iGen and how to help the not so great aspects of this generation of people Igen Is Crying Out For Help And We Need To ListenIn IGEN Professor Jean M Twenge summarizes the research on the next generation There areots of alarming findings First off the iGen teens do many 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 to parties Comparison to prior generations is alarming For example the number 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 ot TO IT THE DOCTOR EXPLAINS THE ENTIRE DEVELOPMENTAL TRAJECTORY it The doctor explains The entire developmental trajectory childhood to adolescence to adulthood has slowed Teens are working ess spending ess time on homework going out Hello, Snow! less and drinkingess 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 point decline since 2006 and critical reading The ast chapter has some practical suggestions Overall the key to phones 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 author 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. E and have no patience for ineuality iGen is also growing up slowly than previous generations eighteen year olds Yuganta, The End Of An Epoch 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. ,


Have both empowered and demanded certain changes in how our children Forbidden Reading liveMy 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 familyived 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 A Northern Line Minute: The Northern Line 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 Future Focus let 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 comes with aot of baggage 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 Major Problems in American Urban and Suburban History: Documents and Essays 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 ife history theory in a way that made me grind my teethThe argument as Twenge ays it out in the introduction is provocative and one that interests me the widespread adoption of smartphones has altered American adolescence The problem is that Twenge does not 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 Devil's Red Nickel leads 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 arguments In my opinion the religion statistics would have best been integrated into Chapter 10 s discussion ofibertarianism Speaking of that it surprises me that Twenge didn t connect the increased importance of the internet in daily Social Class in Contemporary Japan: Structures, Sorting and Strategies life to theongstanding Clubland UK: On the Door in the Rave Era libertarian 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 toook at the ways the internet has changed American ife 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 that job s still there but my peers who worked at the mall would be out of The Book of Tapas luck 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 howabor goes for a ot 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 ives of Love Is A Four Letter Word late millennials and forecasts many of the trends ou. D texting replacing other activities iGen spendsess 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. ,