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Kids of 216, iGen & Zip Code: The Hidden Vital Sign Preview

Credit: Lynn Ischay/The Plain Dealer

The smart phone is the center of the universe, and a detriment, for a generation of teens that author Jean Twenge {Twangy} calls the iGen. Writing in the Atlantic, she says they live their lives through social media, causing them to suffer more depression, anxiety and loneliness. Dr. Jean Twangy joins The Sound of Ideas to discuss her new book looking at iGen's behavior. Plus, how a local grad student is working to help Cleveland youths find work.


-Steph Buda, Grad Student & Founder, Kids 216  

-Da'Juan Wagner, 18-year-old Kids of 216 Student

-Javonte Smith-Lacey, 18-year-old Kids of 216 Student

-Dr. Jean Twenge, Author, iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University

-Jared Bendis, Parent of iGen kids & Creative New Media Officer with the Team Digital Learning & Scholarship, Case Western Reserve University

Rachel is the supervising producer for Ideastream Public Media’s morning public affairs show, the “Sound of Ideas.”