iGen: The Super Connected Generation

iGen: The Super Connected Generation

The past century has been arbitrarily segmented into age groups based on the year of birth of a person. The illustration shown below outlines this division and lists the names given to each generation.


"iGen": these individuals are the pioneer generation to have whiled away all their teenage years with a smartphone. What exactly renders iGen distinct? Their entire adolescence has revolved around using a smartphone, an environment which has influenced almost every single element of their daily lives. They have put in a sizeable percentage of their quality time on the web, texting buddies, as well as on social networking sites. Listed below are a few attributes of this particular generation.

  • They have put in so much time on the internet, texting chums and hanging out on social networks-- approximately around six hours daily-- that they enjoy minimal free time for anything more; whether it's heading to parties, going shopping at the mall, enjoying films or aimlessly driving about. iGen teens are taking part in such social activities, always considered an essential part of growing up, at a substantially lesser pace than their millennial precursors.
  • Teens who put in increased time on monitors are much less chirpy and far more depressed. Such of those who pass free time with close friends, face to face, are definitely happier and less depressed.
  • A 2014 survey discovered that sixth graders who put in just five days at a camp without working with monitors were more effective at deciphering emotions on others' faces, indicating that iGen's screen-filled lifestyles could provoke their social competencies to waste away.
  • Furthermore, iGen browses through books, magazines and newspapers a great deal less than past generations did as teens. In one report, the percentage of high school seniors who look at a non-required books or magazines on a daily basis went down from 60 percent in 1980 to only 16 percent in 2015.

All this shouldn't be construed to mean that iGen teens do not have a great deal going for them. They are certainly physically safer and a lot more unprejudiced compared to past generations. They additionally appear to possess a sturdier work ethic and more pragmatic expectations than millennials did at the same interval.

Not to mention, the harsh reality that this is the generation that will have to take on the consequences of climate change, head on.

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  • William Enesten

    More articles on this topic please.

  • Nishant Pandya

    Hopefully you guys will make up for the failings of us millennials

  • Nathan Spencer

    Most millennials are ruining the country, Generation Z is where it's at.

  • Michael Mills

    In reply to: Nathan Spencer

    I'm not too hopeful that they'll be much different. Something drastic has to change or we'll keep heading down the same path.

  • Alex Ryder

    In reply to: Nathan Spencer

    Give them a break people!

  • Trevor Dunne

    iGen is the most gifted and strangest generation. They will be much smarter than us. However, one thing that specifically stood out to me though is you can't have a debate/argument with any kid nowadays cause these kids seem to see everything "one sided" despite being presented with facts and examples.

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Arjun Rajagopalan

Science Guru

Arjun has spent four decades as a surgeon, educator and medical administrator. Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and Member, Association of Surgeons of India, he has been associated with Sundaram Medical Foundation as the Medical Director since its inception and opening to the public in 1994. He did his residency training in General Surgery from the Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Illinois. After a 22-year stint as Trustee, Medical Director and Head, Department of Surgery at Sundaram Medical Foundation, he handed over the reins of the hospital but continues to provide advice and insights as Advisor and Trustee. Following his retirement from active practice, he has now embarked on a wider mission of forming a community of people, from all spheres of activity, who are interested in these three areas: thinking, teaching and talking. 

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