Top trends of the iGeneration teensby Nicky Pellegrino
- In no hurry: Teenagers’ childhoods are extending into adolescence.
- Internet: They’re spending more time on phones and social media, and less time reading and going out to movies.
- In person: no more In-person social interactions are declining.
- Insecure: Mental health issues are increasing.
- Irreligious: The numbers who belong to any religion are declining, with iGen’ers more likely than any generation before them to be raised by religiously unaffiliated parents.
- Insulated: They’re interested in safety. IGen was the childhood of the car seat, of being picked up at school instead of walking home, and of sanitised plastic playgrounds.
- Income insecurity: Teens have new attitudes toward work, in that they’re working to earn, but not to shop.
- Indefinite: They’re less likely than their predecessors to go on dates and have sex as high school students, and are postponing getting into romantic relationships.
- Inclusive: They expect equality and are often surprised, even shocked, to encounter prejudice.
- Independent: Political party affiliations are falling by the wayside as teens look for authenticity above all else.
This article was first published in the November 18, 2017 issue of the New Zealand Listener.
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