If you’re a parent or work with young people, chances are you’ve wondered whether this generation is really different—and how they got that way. As parents, we're bombarded every day with confusing information about how to help our children succeed. We worry they are absorbing the wrong values from our current culture and that they are spending too much time with screens and not enough with people. Understanding the truth vs. myths of generational changes and the culture that produced them is the first step to guiding our children toward a more grounded life.
Dr. Twenge has spoken to the American Camp Association, the National Youth Guard ChallenNGe Program, and to parents at schools such as Burbank High School and the Clairbourn School in San Gabriel, California. She's also the parent of three young children.