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Psychologist Jean Twenge joins us to talk about the kids these days. She says teenagers today are different than the Millenials that preceded them. They’re more depressed, more suicidal and less independent. The reason? It could be smartphones.

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Five years ago, psychologist Jean Twenge noticed that teenagers were acting differently than the Millenial generation that preceded them. They were more depressed, and more suicidal. They sought less independence from their parents, hung out less with friends, and were less interested in sex. All these behaviors coincide with a pivotal cultural moment: 2012 was the first year a majority of Americans owned smartphones. Twenge joins us to explain what she’s learned about today’s super-connected kids. (Rebroadcast)

Jean Twenge is a professor of psychology at San Diego State University. Her new book is called iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy—and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood—and What That Means for the Rest of Us [Independent bookstores|Amazon|Audible]