They make sure to keep up their Snapstreaks, which show how many days in a row they have Snapchatted with each other.
i Gen’s oldest members were early adolescents when the i Phone was introduced, in 2007, and high-school students when the i Pad entered the scene, in 2010.A 2017 survey of more than 5,000 American teens found that three out of four owned an i Phone.In all my analyses of generational data—some reaching back to the 1930s—I had never seen anything like it.At first I presumed these might be blips, but the trends persisted, across several years and a series of national surveys. The biggest difference between the Millennials and their predecessors was in how they viewed the world; teens today differ from the Millennials not just in their views but in how they spend their time.last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas.
She answered her phone—she’s had an i Phone since she was 11—sounding as if she’d just woken up. ,” I asked, recalling my own middle-school days, in the 1980s, when I’d enjoy a few parent-free hours shopping with my friends. “We’ll go with my mom and brothers and walk a little behind them. I have to check in every hour or every 30 minutes.”Those mall trips are infrequent—about once a month.
Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones.
Even when a seismic event—a war, a technological leap, a free concert in the mud—plays an outsize role in shaping a group of young people, no single factor ever defines a generation.
I pored over yearly surveys of teen attitudes and behaviors, and the more I talked with young people like Athena, the clearer it became that theirs is a generation shaped by the smartphone and by the concomitant rise of social media. Born between 19, members of this generation are growing up with smartphones, have an Instagram account before they start high school, and do not remember a time before the internet.
The Millennials grew up with the web as well, but it wasn’t ever-present in their lives, at hand at all times, day and night.
It was after the Great Recession, which officially lasted from 2007 to 2009 and had a starker effect on Millennials trying to find a place in a sputtering economy.