30 May 2018

Special event: iGen: Understanding the connected generation

Special event: iGen: Understanding the connected generation

iGen -- those born after 1995 – are the first generation to spend their entire adolescence with smartphones. What does this mean for young people today? iGen is growing up more slowly as adolescents, taking longer to engage in adult activities such as working, driving, dating, having sex, and drinking alcohol. iGen spends more of their leisure time with digital media and less time seeing their friends face-to-face; they also spend less time sleeping. Perhaps why they are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Overall, iGen is physically safer but more mentally vulnerable.

Orygen and UNSW’s Centre for Ideas are pleased to invite you to an important conversation about the future of young people and the impact technology is having on their lives. Join Dr Jean Twenge, author of iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood, and a panel of experts, for a discussion facilitated by Hamish Macdonald at the Sydney Opera House Studio on Thursday 19 July 2018, from 6:30 pm. 

Tickets on sale Thursday, 31 May at 9:00am AEST and can be purchased here.