As part of our continued focus on the health and wellness of our students, our Rosemary Vrablic '78 Distinguished Speaker Series on December 9, 2021 welcomed Dr. Jean Twenge, psychologist and author of iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood.
Dr. Twenge is a subject matter expert on generational differences. During presentations to parents and then students, she offered a cultural context and substantial data to describe trends in adolescence, mental health and happiness, and social/digital media.
Dr. Twenge told students “Your generation is the first to spend their entire adolescence in a time of smartphones, and that has had ripple effects."
She acknowledged the benefits of technology but also suggested strategies for reducing screen time, developing independence, and focusing on in-person social interactions.
Jean M. Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, is the author of more than 150 scientific publications and 6 books including Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled — and More Miserable Than Ever Before and The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (co-authored with W. Keith Campbell).
Dr. Twenge frequently gives talks and seminars on teaching and working with today’s young generation based on a dataset of 11 million young people. Her audiences have included college faculty and staff, high school teachers, military personnel, camp directors, and corporate executives.
Her research has been covered in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and The Washington Post, and she has been featured on Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Fox and Friends, NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, and National Public Radio.
She holds a BA and MA from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.