“Gen X managed to stretch adolescence beyond all previous limits: Its members started becoming adults earlier and finished becoming adults later. Beginning with Millennials and continuing with iGen, adolescence is contracting againbut only because its onset is being delayed. Across a range of behaviorsdrinking, dating, spending time unsupervised 18-year-olds now act more like 15-year-olds used to, and 15-year-olds more like 13-year-olds. Childhood now stretches well into high school.”
You said you work with young adults. Can you expand more on what the author said above? I can’t quite believe it. These same kids are exposed to porn on these smart phones and do the sexting thing (share nude photos with their classmates of the opposite sex).
Smart phones and cell phones.
If only I had a quarter for every quarter I shoved into a video arcade game at the mall in the 70’s and 80’s.
Typically when a headline ends in a question mark the answer is no. In this case it’s a YES!
Adults are using smartphones too. I'm 60 and I'm using an iPhone to read and comment right now. I use my phone so much I can't keep it charged for a full day. My wife is just as bad. She wakes up in the middle of the night and reaches for her phone which is always right by the bed. Donald Trump uses his smartphone a lot too.
Millennials having less sex would be a good thing.
So, supposed to feel bad for the little airheads and their fad phones?
One of my biggest laughs is going out to dinner and seeing a millennial couple on a date. Both are absorbed in their damn phones, ignoring each other.
Not to worry. A North Korean nuclear EMP blast over St. Louis, Missouri will take care of this, at least for several years.
Yes. They have destroyed a generation.
People have become stupid because they do not have to remember anything.
I teach 9th grade English. Kids today are REALLY addicted. They have developed all sorts of sneaky ways to access their phones without being obvious. They can text under the desk without even looking. They string the earphones up their sleeves and under their clothes and hair. They hide it under a book or a hat on the desk and tip it so I can’t see it but they can. It’s like crack.
No. It just changed things. Part of the problem with this article is it assumes the way things worked for the generations that had cars but not the internet/ cellphones is the right way. Ignoring the fact that the how those generations grew up was vastly different than pre-car generations. Some things are better, some things are worse. Less teen sex and drugs is definitely better. Less independence is really just reverting to how things were before cars and the nuclear family. Less hanging out is again reverting to life before cars. More depression could just be a byproduct of how much more we whine as a society and have nothing to do with smartphones.
Each generation grows up in a different world. And as tech advances speed up the differences become more dramatic. And they grow up adjusted for their world. Those who grew up in a different world like to assume it’s worse, but that’s because we studiously forget our parents thought the same thing. It’s different.
Nice article but too hard to read on my smartphone.
I admit to being just as bad.
My granddaughter turned two in June. She gets my phone and goes right to YouTube to watch Barney or other kid videos. She knows how to skip the ads. She can find the Snapchat app and can take her picture and send it to people. She gives me my phone if it rings. She knows how to hang up a call. It’s crazy.
My daughter is on her phone a lot, too. I often try to talk to her and she doesn’t hear a word I’m saying. I have to wonder how many parents are ignoring their children in favor of their phones.
I don’t think smartphone dependence is confined to teens.
It simply confirms what I’ve dubbed these contraptions since practically their first appearance on the scene:
Because that’s what they are. (No, not the technology inside them - the name refers to their effect on the users).
I’ll comment later. My iPhone is making me Dinner.
And who can forget this classic....
It's always something. If it's not one thing it's another.
Images of the young whippersnappers ignoring each other.