Why Today's Super-connected Kids Are Growing up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy-- and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood (and What This Means for the Rest of Us)

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In this fascinating and lively book, Dr. Jean Twenge offers a revelatory portrait of a new generation that is growing up more slowly and more anxious--but also more tolerant and more safe--than any generation in history. They stay away from grown-up temptations like alcohol and sex, but they also avoid grown-up responsibilities, like learning to drive, moving out of the house, and gaining financial independence. They're open-minded, forward-thinking, and prudent in ways that previous generations of young people were not. The traits and trends of iGen can seem puzzling or even counterintuitive, but if we want to interact with them successfully--to parent them, to teach them, to work with them, to market to them--we need to understand who they are and why they behave in the ways that they do. With generational divides that are deeper and wider than ever, parents, educators, and employers have an urgent need to understand today's rising generation of teens and young adults who are just starting to enter the workforce. As social media and texting replace other recreational activities and ways of communicating, iGen'ers spend less time with their friends and loved ones in person--which perhaps explains why they are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. But technology is not the only thing that makes iGen distinct. Through her extensive research, revelatory interviews, and deep analysis of data drawn from more than 11 million respondents over multiple decades, Dr. Twenge demonstrates that iGen's uniqueness also lies in how they spend their time, how they behave, and in their surprising attitudes toward religion, sexuality, and politics. As this new group of young people grows into adulthood, we all need to understand them. Because where iGen goes, so goes our nation--and the world.
Publisher: New York, NY : Atria Books, 2017
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501151989
Characteristics: viii, 342 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jul 30, 2018

This book talks about the new generation, those born after 1995. The book's subtitle, "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 us," tells us in a nutshell what the book is about. The book is aimed at parents, educators, and employers of this generation. I am none of the above but I found the book informative and interesting regardless.The book starts out on a dire note telling us about the kids' usage of smartphones and how it is affecting their behaviour. However, the ending, "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," strikes a positive note. All in all a worthwhile read if you want to understand the iGen and what makes them tick

Feb 05, 2018

A wonderful book that will help us all to make sense of the new world our ids are growing up in.


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