I stole the original title by Jean M. Twenge because it is a good one. Call me old fashioned – folks do that now – I don’t understand why. I still only have a flip phone and I don’t text. I am uncomfortable with the idea of a phone – which I could easily lose or have stolen – that has all of my personal information on it – and the information for all of my contacts, as well. I like times when I don’t have a phone with me at all.
That doesn’t mean I don’t think about Smartphones or other digital appliances. And, I read articles about them. This article, which was in Atlantic Magazine, caught my attention. It is the first article I have seen that tracks the response of a generation of people to one cellular device.
That response is interesting. It includes mental illness, suicide, sleep deprivation, avoiding sex and any number of problems that effect the post-Millennials. Check this article out especially if you have students who are in their teens.