A New Way of Life
Smartphones and technology are without a doubt changing what the future will look like. Jean Twenge talks about the affects smartphones have on young teens and adolescents in her article “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?”. With the newest generation becoming glued to their phones and having less and less face-to-face interaction, their behavior is changing dramatically. Jean talks about the increased suicide rates, lack of motivation, and little to no social life among today’s teens. While smartphones were intended to be useful and convenient devices for everyone to use, they have turned into a major distraction and are changing the entire lifestyle of a generation’s in a negative way.
Jean talks about the behavior in the iGen generation, which is her nickname for today’s generation. Before smartphones were found in almost every child’s hand, teens spent there time meeting up with each other and having face-to-face conversations. Teens would go places to make friends and hang out with other people. Movie theaters and roller rinks were the places to be. Pretty much anywhere away from their parents was their favorite place to be. Teens were in a rush to get their driver's license as soon as possible. They wanted freedom and rushed to become an adult. Dating among teens was almost expected among these teens. In the late 70’s and early 80’s, around 80 percent of teenagers went on physical dates.
iGen teens live a little differently. They would rather stay at home and scroll through social media to see how everyone is feeling or what they were doing. Texting friends is better than actually meeting up with them. Laying in bed and staring at a screen is the typical night of a iGen teen. There is no rush to get a license because there is no need to drive somewhere when everyone can talk to each other on their phones in their own homes. There is no urge to leave the house and get away from parents. Or when a iGen teen does leave the house, his or her parents are more willing to take them where they want to go. So there is no rush to get a license when parents will be a personal chauffeur and there are no required expenses like gas or typical maintenance. Dating has also changed with this generation. Terms like “talking” are fairly new and it essentially means that two people who are interested in each other text each other for awhile instead of actually going on a physical date and getting to know each other in person.
This new generation is much different than the baby boomers and Gen X. Since the release of the iPhone, teenagers rarely leave their house without their parents. iGen teens would rather scroll through social media in the protection of their own home than go out and meet friends and watch a movie or go to the movies.
With smartphones being a major part in life now, the lack of physical interaction teens have with each other is raising the question; are smartphones and social media making people more sad? Teens often...