Unlike the teens of my generation, who might have spent an evening tying up the family landline with gossip, they talk on Snapchat, the smartphone app that allows users to send pictures and videos that quickly disappear.
They make sure to keep up their Snapstreaks, which show how many days in a row they have Snapchatted with each other.
A 2017 survey of more than 5,000 American teens found that three out of four owned an i Phone.
The advent of the smartphone and its cousin the tablet was followed quickly by hand-wringing about the deleterious effects of “screen time.” But the impact of these devices has not been fully appreciated, and goes far beyond the usual concerns about curtailed attention spans.
We are growing in dynamic new ways and we recognize that the right people, offering their ideas and expertise, will enable us to continue our success.
last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas.
The experiences they have every day are radically different from those of the generation that came of age just a few years before them.
Typically, the characteristics that come to define a generation appear gradually, and along a continuum.
Beliefs and behaviors that were already rising simply continue to do so.
The gentle slopes of the line graphs became steep mountains and sheer cliffs, and many of the distinctive characteristics of the Millennial generation began to disappear.
In all my analyses of generational data—some reaching back to the 1930s—I had never seen anything like it.