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Today's Youth: Screen Time and Mental Health, with Dr. Jean Twenge

  • Torrance High School Auditorium 2200 West Carson Street Torrance, CA, 90501 United States (map)

The Torrance Unified School District, The Volunteer Center, and South Bay Families Connected invite all South Bay parents, caregivers, and teens (9th grade and above) to this free event featuring noted researcher and author, Dr. Jean Twenge. Dr. Twenge’s groundbreaking research on teens and screens has been covered in major print and television media, including Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Fox and Friends, NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, and National Public Radio.

Why attend? Parents, caregivers, and groups working with youth want to understand the influences shaping iGen, and how they can harness the positive trends while mitigating the negative ones. You won’t want to miss this.

Resources, Recommended Reading, and Support

Doors will open at 6:00 and the community is invited to learn about youth wellness resources at our information tables, as well as to purchase IGen from Pages, a bookstore. Books can also be ordered on-line by accessing the South Bay Families Connected recommended reading list on the Pages website. 10% of all book sales will be donated to the TUSD to help fund this event.

About IGen and Dr. Twenge

Jean Twenge

Born after 1995, iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. With social media and texting replacing other activities, iGen spends less time with their friends in person – perhaps why they are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

But technology is not the only thing that makes iGen distinct from every generation before them; they are also different in how they spend their time, how they behave, and in their attitudes toward religion, sexuality, and politics. They socialize in completely new ways, reject once sacred social taboos, and want different things from their lives and careers. More than previous generations, they are obsessed with safety, focused on tolerance, and have no patience for inequality. iGen is also growing up more slowly than previous generations: eighteen-year-olds look and act like fifteen-year-olds used to.

As this new group of young people grows into adulthood, we all need to understand them: Friends and family need to look out for them; businesses must figure out how to recruit them and sell to them; colleges and universities must know how to educate and guide them. And members of iGen also need to understand themselves as they communicate with their elders and explain their views to their older peers. Because where iGen goes, so goes our nation—and the world.

Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, is the author of more than 130 scientific publications and 6 books, including iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood.

Dr. Twenge frequently gives talks and seminars on teaching and working with today’s young generation based on a dataset of 11 million young people. Her research has been covered in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and The Washington Post, and she has been featured on Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Fox and Friends, NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, and National Public Radio.

She holds a BA and MA from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She lives in San Diego with her husband and three daughters.