Dr. Jean Twenge is a best selling author and Local San Diego SDSU professor. She named iGen and wrote the iGen book which is the generation born approximately from 1995-2012. Her analysis of data drawn from over 11 million respondents over multiple decades discovered some alarming findings. She is also working with Apple investors to pressure them to keep kids safer. 

             iPhones have been correlated to cause  iGen the following:

More Lonley

More Anxious

Less Social Activism

More depressed

More Suicidal 

Growing up Slower

Driving much later

Hang out less with friends

Not sleeping enough

Living with their parents as adults

Having difficulties socially and emotionally

Decreased strength and enduracne

Intolerant of new ideas

More Self harm

Addicted to Social Media



Not working as teens

Difficulties adjusting to college

Difficulties in the work place

You can find all these statistics and research in her book  iGen. 

At a recent presentation at the Local Middle School, Dr. Twenge told an audience of kids and parents that she was planning on letting her kids have a phone in 9th grade. The average age a child receives a phone is currently 10.

More Articles By Dr. Twenge

Investors Pressure Apple Over Psychological Risks Of Screen Time For Kids

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

Teenage depression and suicide are way up — and so is smartphone use

What Employers Need To Know About iGen-FORBES


Podcasts with Dr. Twenge

Katie Couric and Jean Twenge

The Changing Mental Health of Today’s Teens

The first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone

Videos with Dr. Twenge

Are smartphones making a generation unhappy? 

Super Connected Kids Are Less Happy. Why?

Smartphones: the new teen mental health crisis?-CNN