Individualism, Insecurity, Internet, and in No Hurry to Grow Up

March 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM

The Twentieth Century Club
4201 Bigelow Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Jean Twenge
Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University

Dr. Twenge will address how American culture has grown steadily more individualistic over the last few decades. Based on data from nationally representative surveys of 11 million adolescents and young adults, this resulted in generational shifts favoring individual freedom and less importance placed on marriage and family. For Millennials (born 1980-1994), individualism led to more positive self-views and more happiness as teens, but that trend reversed for iGen (born 1995-2012), who are less happy, more lonely, and more depressed. iGen spends more time online and on social media and less time interacting with friends in person than previous generations at the same age, a pattern of time use associated with compromised mental health. iGen is also growing up more slowly, taking longer to engage in adult activities such as working, driving, dating, having sex, and drinking alcohol.

This lecture is sponsored by
The Dick Thornburgh Forum for Law & Public Policy
and the University Honors College
and is co-sponsored by the The Office of the Provost in honor of The Year of Healthy U and the Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health

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