Today’s adolescents have never experienced a world without the Internet. Most of them own smartphones and spend hours each week on social media. But while many parents may feel relieved about their teens’ seeming disinterest in driving, drinking and dating, they may be overlooking the effect that constant Internet access has on their children’s mental well-being. In an eye-opening article written for The Atlantic, psychology professor Jean Twenge points to a growing body of evidence suggesting that extensive smartphone use among teens is driving today’s youngest generation to “the brink of a mental health crisis.” getAbstract recommends her cautionary tale to parents, educators and social media professionals.
In this summary, you will learn
- How the behavior of today’s teenagers differs from that of millennials,
- Why today’s teens are physically safer than previous generations, and
- Why smartphones may have something to do with a recent spike in teen depression and suicide rates.
About the Author
Jean Twenge is a professor of psychology at San Diego State University.