Dr. Karla McCain
iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us
by Jean M. Twenge
This book has done more to change my thinking about the needs and perspectives of our students than anything else I’ve ever read. Jean Twenge is a social psychologist who uses long given social science surveys to examine generational change. Her book also uses a series of interviews she did with teens and young adults to provide color and narrative which illuminate the quantitative data. Anyone that works with college students will benefit from better understanding the trends that she discusses in this book. Topics include the rising mental health crisis in young people, how teens and young adults are maturing more slowly, and attitudes about religion, politics, careers, and technology.