Top trends of the iGeneration teens

by Nicky Pellegrino / 03 January, 2018
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Photo/Getty Images

Ten important trends shape iGen’ers, says Jean Twenge in her new book, iGen, and these will shape our culture for years to come.
  • 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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