Smartphones and Generation Z

Generation Z is generally considered to be those born between 1995 (or 96) and 2012. Generation Z is applying to - and attending - college as we speak!  Many of us might notice that anxiety and depression seem to have hit an all-time high among young people. Indeed, we probably know, and might even have, a child who is struggling with some form of anxiety or depression.  The reasons for the increase in these symptoms are multi-faceted and complex, to be certain, and I am not a psychologist.  Yet, one culprit might be in your hand right now: the smartphone!

For anyone who has, works with, or otherwise cares about these young folks, I invite you to read the following article published in The Atlantic:

As the parent of two "Gen-Zers" myself, and an educational consultant working with this population, I don't purport to know the solution to this dilemma. I do know, however, that I have personally witnessed much of what this article addresses. I also know that young people should be aware that their smartphones might be contributing to their feelings of unhappiness and anxiety. In fact, this article just became "required reading" for both of my daughters!