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T.R. Johnson Speaker Series

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jean-twenge.jpgDr. Jean Twenge
Professor of Psychology, San Diego State University
September 25, 2019
7 p.m.
French Auditorium​ 

iGen: Understanding the smartphone generation

Today’s young people are iGen (born after 1995), the first generation to spend their entire adolescence with smartphones. iGen adolescents are growing up more slowly and taking longer to engage in adult activities. iGen spends more time communicating electronically and less time with their friends in person. Perhaps as a result, they are more likely to struggle with unhappiness, anxiety, and depression. We will discuss ways to find a better balance with technology for a healthier and happier life.

Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, the author of more than 140 scientific publications and books. She holds a BA and MA from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She lives in San Diego with her husband and three daughters.

Dr. Twenge frequently gives talks and seminars on teaching and working with today’s young generation based on a dataset of 11 million young people. Her audiences have included college faculty and staff, high school teachers, military personnel, camp directors, and corporate executives. Her research has been covered in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, and The Washington Post, and she has been featured on Today, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Fox and Friends, NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, and National Public Radio.

Her books include:
  • iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood

  • Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled — and More Miserable Than Ever Before

  • The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement (co-authored with W. Keith Campbell)

  • The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant

  • Personality Psychology: Understanding Yourself and Others (co-authored with W. Keith Campbell)
Social Psychology (co-authored with David G. Myers)


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This presentation is sponsored by the T.R. Johnson Endowment established in 1992 to honor CMU graduates T. Ray Johnson, Timothy Robert "Bob" Johnson and Myra Thon Johnson. Annual endowment earnings are used to support speakers who further enhance excellence in teaching and learning within the College of Education and Human Services and the greater CMU educational community.

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