California, San Diego, USA (AFP) – Professor Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at the University of San Diego in the United States, claims that smartphone / social networks born after 1995 are forming teens today. The more hypothetical and immature generation 'iGen' Mental
Q: What is the iGen generation?
A: It's the first generation of all the adolescent years of the smartphone era, and it has a lot to do with the lives of youth.
They spend free time in a way that is essentially different from previous generations. They spend much more time on the Internet, on social networks, on video games, watching videos, and much less time away from activities such as reading, sleeping or watching friends. They grow more slowly: at 18, they have less of a driver's license, a job, a date, a drink, and a tendency to go to work without a parent …
This trend has already begun before the end of the millennium in the late 1990s, but technology has not explained everything, but smartphones seem to have accelerated the trend in recent years. Perhaps it is because teens can communicate. My friends stay at home and feel that they do not need to have a driver's license or go out.
So iGen is probably the safest generation in history and teens like it. But they also think that it may not be the best way to live if something is missing and always connected to a cell phone. They are also constantly hating when they talk to their friends.
Q: You are investigating the behavior Millions of 100,000 people What did you observe?
A: When we study long-term generational changes, we can see that it takes a long time to see, for example, 1 to 20 years. From 2011/2012, however, the number of adolescents who felt alone or excluded, or that teenagers could not do the right thing, or that they thought life was useless, increased significantly, or all the classic symptoms of depression
Depressive symptoms increased 60% in five years, suicide rates doubled or tripled in girls, and suicides doubled in years …
As smartphones become more common, more than 50% of Americans are experiencing this problem. Mental This can only be said to be a coincidence, but at that time there was no other case to explain this change and acceleration.
After decades of studying, taking a sleep or meeting a friend is the basis for spiritual balance, but spending time and time in front of the screen.
Today, teenagers spend 6-8 hours a day on social networks. It is not the screen itself that matters, but the fact that they have replaced others. Mental
Q: What advice would you give to your parents?
A: In short, this is good news. The spirit is now under our control. We can not change the genes we are born with and can not solve poverty with our fingers, but we can control how we spend our free time and help our children do it.
The study supports limiting social networks to teenagers up to two hours a day. Using social networks and smartphones (communication, information delivery, organization …) is a good balance without any inconvenience.
If we believe young children need our son to call, we can give him a call without any temptation because he does not have the internet.