Teenagers generally are working less, having less sex and are far less happy than previous generations because of more concentration on mobiles, says a social psychologist who has been researching generational differences for 25 years.
In an article for The Atlantic, adapted from her forthcoming book on the current generation — the iGen, as she calls it, Jean Twenge says there is compelling evidence that the mobiles that we have given to the youngsters are having profound effects on their lives — and making them seriously unhappy.
The statistics, as outlined by Twenge, are alarming, Fortune.com reported .
While only 56% of high school seniors dated in 2016, compared to 85% for Gen Xers and Baby Boomers, the number of teenagers who spend daily time with friends dropped by 40% in the recent times.
The decline in dating tracks with a decline in sexual activity, Twenge said.