Kresta in the Afternoon – November 30, 2017 – Hour 1

+  Teen Mental Health is Declining - Are Smartphones to Blame? (2 segments)

  • Description: Between the years of 2010 and 2015, the number of US teens who felt useless and joyless- classic signs of depression - surged by 33%. Teen suicide attempts increased 23%, and the number of teens who committed suicide jumped by 31%. These trends cover every background and demographic all across the country. What happened? These teens are part of the generation Dr. Jean Twenge calls "iGen," – those who have grown up surrounded by smartphones, social media, and nonstop internet access. Is there a link between smartphone use and teen depression? Jean joins us with more.
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    • Dr. Jean Twenge
      Jean Twenge is the author of iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy - and Completely Unprepared for. She's a professor of psychology at San Diego State. Visit jeantwenge.com.
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    • 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

      A highly readable and 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, 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: eighteen-year-olds look and act like fifteen-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. (learn more)

+  Further thoughts on the Ongoing Harassment Accusations

  • Description: Matt Lauer issued an apology this morning, one day after he was fired from NBC for alleged sexual misconduct. We'll continue our conversation with Teresa Tomeo about the sexual culture, the prevalence of sexual harassment in the media, and how Catholics can respond with truth.
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    • Teresa Tomeo
      Teresa Tomeo is the host of Catholic Connection on Ave Maria Radio and also spent 20 years as a reporter and anchor in Detroit news media. She is a columnist for Our Sunday Visitor and the author of several books. Teresa is also the host of The Catholic View for Women on EWTN. Visit TeresaTomeo.com
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