Gen Z, a.k.a. “iGen”:
Are you a parent frustrated by how much time your teenager spends on their phone and video games? Or a professor puzzled by your new students’ calls for safe spaces and trigger warnings? Or a pastor wondering why your preaching doesn’t seem to connect with anyone under 25?
Welcome to iGen.
Jean Twenge, a Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, has just published a book summarizing her research into iGen, the generation born between 1995 and 2012. Using data from surveys of over 11 million people, she compares the youth of today with the youth of three previous generations: Boomers (born 1946-1964), my own Generation X (born 1965-1979) and Millennials (born 1980-1994). She calls them iGen because of 3 factors that have made them different from any previous generation: the Internet (especially smartphones), Individualism, and Inequality.
So whether you’re a parent, a professor or a pastor (or a young person wondering why nobody over the age of 25 gets you), what are the 6 things you need to know about iGen?
(I’ll leave you to decide what is good or bad, and how to respond…)
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