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Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s We Need to Talk Presents

iGen: Understanding the Smartphone Generation with Dr. Jean Twenge

  • Virtual Event
  • Wednesday, May 5th at 8:00 pm
  • Ashley Schnaar - (248) 205-2537

May 5, 2021 @ 8:00 PM 9:00 PM

Today’s kids, teens, and young adults are iGen (born after 1995), the first generation to spend their adolescence with smartphones. iGen’ers are growing up more slowly as adolescents, spending more time online and less time hanging out with their friends in person. They’re also spending less time sleeping. Perhaps as a result, they’re more likely to experience unhappiness, anxiety, and depression.

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s We Need to Talk program, in collaboration with Detroit community partners, presents Dr. Jean Twenge for a discussion of trends in technology use in young people and its effect on mental health. Dr. Twenge, a Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, is the author of more than 140 scientific publications and six books, the latest of which is iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood. She holds a BA and MA from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

You’ll come away from this informative session with strategies to help your family find a better balance with technology and how to be healthier and happier.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month
This event is hosted by We Need to Talk, the youth mental health initiative of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, in partnership with thirteen community schools and agencies.


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