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An entertaining first look at how today's members of iGen - the children, teens, and young adults born in the mid-1990s and later - are vastly different from their millennial predecessors and from any other generation, from the renowned psychologist and author of Generation Me.

With generational divides wider than ever, parents, educators, and employers have an urgent need to understand today's rising generation of teens and young adults. Born in the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s and later, iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. With social media and texting replacing other activities, iGen spends less time with their friends in person - perhaps why they are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

But technology is not the only thing that makes iGen distinct from every generation before them; they are also different in how they spend their time, in how they behave, and in their attitudes toward religion, sexuality, and politics. They socialize in completely new ways, reject once sacred social taboos, and want different things from their lives and careers. More than previous generations, they are obsessed with safety, focused on tolerance, and have no patience for inequality. iGen is also growing up more slowly than previous generations: 18-year-olds look and act like 15-year-olds used to.

As this new group of young people grows into adulthood, we all need to understand them: Friends and family need to look out for them; businesses must figure out how to recruit them and sell to them; colleges and universities must know how to educate and guide them. And members of iGen also need to understand themselves as they communicate with their elders and explain their views to their older peers. Because where iGen goes, so goes our nation - and the world.

©2017 Jean M. Twenge (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Really, Amazon, no PDF?

This is a fascinating topic, written by a great scholar in the subject matter. Unfortunately, the narrator frequently refers to graphs and studies that are presumably shown and/or are sourced in footnotes. Unlike with other Audible titles, there does not appear to be a companion pdf for this book.

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Interesting study of today's youth

First, Madeleine Maby's performance was perfect. So many readers mispronounce or make incorrect inflections. She is also pleasant to listen to, with just the right pacing.

Ms. Twenge both intrigues and frightens with this in depth study. Having both Millennial and iGen children I have noticed to contrast in thinking, confidence, and work ethic.

A recurring word throughout is "safety". I've raised my kids to understand the world is not a safe place, it never has been and never will be, so learn to deal with that. Yet they still fear the future and lack confidence; just as pointed out in this book.

The abundance of statistics was impressive, however I think the publisher fails us in not providing a companion PDF file. I would have liked to see the numbers and graphs the author refers to.

I went into this book curious and with an open mind. As I progressed I noticed one of the main premises seems incorrect. Twenge even included this in the book's subtitle. She contends that iGen is more tolerant, yet spent a great deal of time demonstrating their complete lack of tolerance.

Tolerance is the acceptance of ideas and constructs that conflict with your own. What Twenge calls tolerance is really acceptance of compatible or already accepted behaviours. iGen accepts only ideas that they believe in. Ideas that contradict their own are considered "harmful" and not only go unheard, but they demand zero-tolerance and punishment. Severe punishment in fact. How does this differ from a northerner in 1840 accepting slavery as an alternative lifestyle?

I love that iGen is hard working, not arrogant, and libertarian. However, it scares the hell out of me that they don't believe in the 1st Amendment and believe even accidentally or unintentional offenses should be punishable by termination or worse. When these people come into political power such intolerance could have radical and negative ramifications. We could be staring down at the end of freedom in exchange for safety and conformity.

Using Twenge's reasoning every generation is tolerant since we all tolerate ideas and actions that confirm to our own standards. Accepting homosexuality is tolerant only if you believe it is wrong. I was raised to be tolerant, allowing others to have opposing ideas, listen to them, and consider the merits. I don't see any evidence of this mindset in a safe-zone generation.

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It's all right

not the best book I've listened too. It's pretty accurate as far as data and observations go but Dr. twenge struggles to keep her bias for solutions and opinions out of the latter half of the book the first half she is very careful though. the interviews with igenners are very insightful

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Highly recommend for college educators!

I’m a millennial faculty member who is trying to meet my iGen students where they are. This book confirmed a lot of my impressions/ experiences with iGen, but also helped to re-frame them from a negative standpoint. It was very well researched and avoided trite “these kids just don’t understand” type of sentiments. Very thoughtful, and includes practical recommendations as to how to help, understand, and approach iGeners. Many thanks to the author!

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  • 03-22-19

Essential information on the next generation

iGens are not like millennials. Screen time, isolation, anxiety and virtual relationships are huge factors in their lives. They need encouragement, live experiences, more time to mature. This book gives insight to how they think.

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Don't buy your kid a smartphone...

.... until you read this book! Such important information far exceeding just that aspect. I have 3 daughters under age 11 and this was so thought provoking!

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Born 1995-2112? This book's about you!

Useful overview of this internet, social media, iPhone generation. Insightful and not a little depressing.

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insightful somewhat tunneled

while generational labels are US-centric in essence, but the traits that may be identified in later generations seems to be more common across the world and hence finding this book not only relevant but insightful on many aspects that influence this generation especially with the intrinsic impact of technology on them. The author seemed at times focused on delivering in a specific theme excessively, namely; heightened sense of safety, fragility and slow growth into adulthood.. still valuable information and advice on how to understand them and thus how to best engage them .

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Must Read for Educators

Anyone who wants a deeper understanding of our current crop of High School / College students should read this book. Dr. Twenge has done an excellent job of highlighting how technology/social media/smart devices have altered the perceptions and development of this generation. These alterations are not necessarily better or worse... but they are different, and this difference needs to be understood by educators especially.

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Irreplaceably insightful

Milestone glimpse into the rising generation focused on safety and doing well while growing up slowly.

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  • Ninds
  • 09-27-18

Great book, lot of stats

I really enjoyed listening to this book, and they make a really good job of it.
It's just a little statistic heavy for an audiobook and you get a little lost in them. Maybe a pdf would help.

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  • flo
  • 12-05-20

Worth a read, Insightful and thought prevoking

This book is Insightful, thought prevoking, well structured chapters to help with each idea and brilliant conclusions.

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  • Mr A Hill
  • 04-05-20

Fascinating book

Well worth a listen if you want to understand the iGen/generation Z better. A compassionate and clear view of the trends.

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  • sarah oliver
  • 12-04-19

fascinating and insightful

Read this as a millenial, I am barely older than the oldest I-geners but there is still so much difference in our experiences of growing up.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-19-18

informative

Informative but a bit narrow as it focused only on US iGen. Would love to see comparison to other countries.

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  • Alison
  • 01-30-20

insightful - highly recommended

a well researched, well presented and interesting look into the igen generation. Recommended for anyone who wants to understand the new world we live in and likely implications for the future. parents, grandparents, siblings, educators, governments, marketers and sellers will all benefit from this work.

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  • Michael H
  • 09-13-19

Challenges many myths

Many people confuse the culture of millennials and igeners, this book shows there are considerable cultural differences. Some of the findings have scary implications about how igeners seem to be scared of relationships and failure.

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  • Jesse
  • 02-05-19

Too many numbers

This is a very well-researched book but the constant bombardment of numbers, stats and facts makes it difficult to read or to retain much of the information presented. Would possibly be more accessible as a physical rather than audio book.

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  • Carli Van Wyk
  • 07-13-18

Might be better to read in hardcopy

Interesting content, worthwhile for any generation to read in order to better understand iGens. As an Australian reading it, most of it applied to Aus iGens too but some of it was purely for the American audience. Just really heavy on the data... Might be a better read in hardcopy... you can skip boring (albeit necessary) data but also highlight and annotate key points.