new study: young people raised on smartphones and social media – they’re born in 1995 or later and are the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone
Smartphones and social media are raising an unhappy ‘iGen’.
Professor Twenge and her colleague Professor Keith Campbell, of the University of Georgia, studied more than 40,000 US children aged between two and 17 for a nationwide health survey in 2016.
Professor Twenge said: “They have the sense that they are missing out on something. They realise that being on the phone all the time is probably not the best way to live.
“They don’t like it when they’re talking to a friend and their friend is looking at their phone.”
Growing up online: teens between 12-15, 83% have their own smartphone
Millennials are less healthy and more depressed than Gen X, report finds
Although the data showed the millennials were living at 95% of their optimal health, the research found that nearly all of the top 10 health conditions increased over the three-year period. The data was based on an index that scored their potential lifespan in the absence of disability and premature death.
Among the conditions, major depression increased by 31%, disorders tied to hyperactivity by 29% and Type II diabetes by 22%.
When compared to members of Generation X – those born in the early 1960s to the early 1980s – at the same age in 2014, the report found older millennials, ages 34 to 36 in 2017, had a higher prevalence of nearly every condition.
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