On February 2, 2023, UMass Dartmouth will host a talk by acclaimed author and Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, Dr. Jean Twenge. Twenge will discuss her book 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 which explored how Gen Z's smartphone use creates a prominent divide between generations that is often problematic. Twenge also argues that this widespread use of smartphones and social media has led to increased rates of anxiety and depression.
The event will occur on February 2, 2023, at 5 pm in the MacLean Campus Center Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public and all members of the campus community. Attendees should park in Lots 4, 5, or 6.
Twenge is also the author of Generation Me, The Narcissism Epidemic, and has authored more than 180 scientific publications and books during her career. Twenge's research has been covered in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and television news programs. She has a BA and MA from the University of Chicago and a PhD from the University of Michigan.
The event is sponsored by the Department of Academic Affairs and the Division of Student Affairs.