Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
In an article for The Atlantic published in August of 2017, Jean M. Twenge recounts how smartphone use has affected an entire generation of Americans. A psychologist, Twenge has been studying generational differences for 25 years and now focuses on the generation of Americans born between 1995 and 2012 who grew up with the Internet. Twenge began to see huge changes in the attitudes and behaviors of American teens starting in 2012, which she describes as “exactly the moment when the proportion of Americans who owned a smartphone surpassed 50 percent.” Twenge describes the radical changes that the smartphone and easy access to screen media have brought to teenagers’ lives, and to their social and emotional well-being.
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