The main idea of this beautiful article, supported by a lot of research results, the generation born between 1995 and 2012- called iGen- are on the brink of a mental-health crisis. It hurt when I was reading.
Teens today differ from their predecessors not just in their lifestyle but also their view and psychology. And the reason is “screens”.
Lets talk about the differences:
iGen is more depressed. Because teens who spend more time than average on screen activities are more likely to be unhappy, and those who spend more time than average on nonscreen activities are more likely to be happy. They go to fewer parties and spend less time with their friends in person.
They don’t care about independence. Because being at home is fine as long as they have their phone. Driving license or going parties aren’t tempting anymore.
They go less dating. Because “liking” is more important than talking in person.
They wait longer to take responsibility. Because their parents encourage them to study at home. And they are totally fine with it. Not because they’re studious, but because their social life is lived on their phone.
Less happy. There’s not a single exception. All screen activities are linked to less happiness, and all non-screen activities are linked to more happiness.
Lonelier. Facebook offers a wide friendship however they prefer their home. Therefore, they feel lonely.
They have sleep deprivation. You can imagine why.
The saddest part is they are not responsible for any of it. That’s just the way their generation.