Social anxiety and online dating
I had grown accustomed to line graphs of trends that looked like modest hills and valleys. Around 2012, I noticed abrupt shifts in teen behaviors and emotional states.
It’s not an exaggeration to describe i Gen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades.In all my analyses of generational data—some reaching back to the 1930s—I had never seen anything like it.At first I presumed these might be blips, but the trends persisted, across several years and a series of national surveys. The biggest difference between the Millennials and their predecessors was in how they viewed the world; teens today differ from the Millennials not just in their views but in how they spend their time.Parenting styles continue to change, as do school curricula and culture, and these things matter.But the twin rise of the smartphone and social media has caused an earthquake of a magnitude we’ve not seen in a very long time, if ever.