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Meet the iGen generation

Book Title: iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy– and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us

Author: Jean M. Twenge


Genre: Non Fiction

Pages: 352

Published: 2017

My rate on GR: 4/5

Who is iGen, Millennial and Generation X? These triplets confuse many I included and it is vital to know beforehand otherwise in this Jean’s book you will utterly be confused. In her book she does us a favor:

Generation X lasted for 14years from 1965-1979 while the Millennials are those born between 1980-1999. However, if the millennial generation lasts the same amount of time as Generation X, the last millennial birth year is instead 1994, meaning that iGen begins with those born in 1995.
Are we together? By fire by force am a Millennial!

The iGen generation has arrived; the one that likes phones more than actual people. They are Independent, In No Hurry, In person no more, Internet addicted, Irreligious, Insulated but not intrinsic, Indefinite, Income insecure and Inclusive. Jean Twenge explores these trend shapers in the life of iGen’s and what this could mean to all of us. Her research is well analyzed making a reader well versed. She hits the nail on the head and for some reason you do not want to argue with her as she also provides possible solutions to this fad.

However, you might tire from the many graphs that compares them with other generations to the discussions from various respondents but it is worth everyone’s attention to figure out who we dealing with, why they behaving so and how we all can meet in the middle for mutual understanding.

Truth is?

  • Childhood has lengthened, with teens treated more like children, less independent and more protected by parents than they once were. The entire development trajectory, from childhood-adolescence –adulthood has slowed. The time when teens begin to do things adults do now happens later.
  • iGen is spending much more time online and texting and much less time with more traditional media such as books, TV news, go to movies, magazines, newspaper (print is dead). iGen’s future and all of ours will be shaped by this revolution.
  • iGen’s spend less time interacting with their peers face to face than any previous generation-merely getting together with friends, spending time hanging out. They are less social and when it comes to practicing their interpersonal social skills they are likely to make bigger mistakes when it comes to interviews, making new friends or even competing for jobs.
  • iGen is on the most verge of the most severe mental health crisis for young people in decades. Most young people are experiencing not just symptoms of depression or anxiety but clinically diagnosable major depression.
  • More iGen’s are been raised in nonreligious households and more iGen teens have decided not to belong to a religion anymore. iGen’s and millennials are staying away from religious services because they are young, unsettled, childless and far from situations that religion comforts. iGen’s are actually less religious as well as less spiritual. They want religion to be more positive, to focus on what to do and to accept everyone.
  • The flip side of iGen’s idea of safety is that one should not be just free from sexual assault, car accidents but also from people who disagree with you. They seem terrified not only of the physical but emotional dangers of adult social interaction. They want security in an insecure world.
  • iGen’s aren’t even convinced that their education will help them get good jobs or give them information they will need later. They are more focused on getting a better job and less focused on getting general education. Learning is less important.
  • However, they are more practical than generations before them. They are forward looking and safe, a far cry from the ‘you can be anything’ and ‘follow your dreams’ millennials. Businesses and managers need to take note as they take a more neutral stance on various workplaces. They have high expectations but they are a little more in line with reality than millennials were.
  • iGen is more likely to believe it is a good idea to live together first before you get married. The idea of having sex after marriage is ridiculous and they are less likely to label anything wrong. However, their focus is on the race for economic success, so sex and relationships are distractions. They are in no hurry to get married or have kids.
  • They will usher a new era of affirmative action but based on class rather than race. Moreover, they are likely to support restricting speech.
  • Dissatisfied, disconnected and distrustful of the government and political process is how the iGen is. They are more concerned with what happening in the world than governments and are less likely to take political action.

Solution

iGen’s know that they are addicted to phones and they need to put them down to make relationships that count by spending more physical time with their friends. They need to be present for the moment as much as possible.

iGen’s and all of us need to get off the couch. Enough with Netflix, PS games and been stuck indoors all day. Get out there and see the world.

iGen is crying for help and we need to listen. So many are falling into depression that has resulted to high suicidal rates and we need to bring them out of it by listening.

iGen needs some freedom. Reduce the curfews or not letting them do certain things because you are scared for them. Let them get out there and experience social skills and independence from these experiences. Put aside your worries. They need to grow up.

iGen needs to be taught about sources and evaluating evidence. They need to be taught the importance of control groups and representative sampling, issues that arise in marketing, politics not just academia.

On the work space iGen’s want to know that the job has a clear career path where they can advance preferably quickly. They respond best to brief feedback on specific tasks, not lengthy reviews of performance. Keep the feedback short and to the point.