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The Smartphone Generation: Less Sex, Fewer Drinks, More Depression

Parents love to complain that smartphones will rot their kids' brains and kill their social skills. But research shows those parents ... could be right. In this weekend bonus podcast: saving the smartphone generation. Today's youth have never known life without the Internet. A new book by psychologist Jean Twenge focuses on the hard data behind how technology affects teenagers, and some of those effects are pretty bad. How are young people struggling emotionally, spiritually, socially and professionally? Where are they doing better than their parents did? And what can adults do to help them thrive? We're joined by Jean Twenge, author of "iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood" and Adam Pletter, a child psychologist who specializes in the healthy use of digital technology. Then, how iGen are you? Find our interactive quiz at www.the1a.org

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