According to the research of psychology professor Jean Twenge, Ph.D., those who were born between 1995 and 2012 are far different from any other generation before them, namely because they grew up fully immersed in a high-tech, smartphone-driven world from the day they were born.
Dr. Twenge's just-released book, "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," follows up her earlier book, "Generation Me," published in 2006.
We sat down to ask Twenge what we should know about the iGen children, teens, and young adults who are coming up now -- how they're different, what they care about, and how they'll make their mark on the world.
In what ways do you think your generation is different from earlier and later generations?
What are the key national and global events that have shaped your generation?
What don’t older and younger generations understand about your generation?
What bothers, confuses, and/or frustrates you about older and younger generations?
How do attitudes differ about: work, play, love, money?
In what ways do you envy other generations? In what ways do you feel bad for them?
What message of gratitude and/or scolding would you give to other generations?
What are your earliest memories of using a computer, smartphone, and other tech?
On average, how much time do you spend on your phone in a day? a year?
How many texts did you send yesterday?
How many ❤and 👍 did you give and receive last week?
How much do you check and care about the sns feedback you get?
How does screen time affect your mood or health?
How, if at all, do you think men and women use their phones differently?
What, if anything, is different about Millenials and iGens in Korea compared to other countries?