Riverhouse Convention Center, Bend
Dr. Jean Twenge has written Generation Me, The Narcissist Epidemic, and iGen. Her research has been covered in Time, The Atlantic, Newsweek, the New York Times, USA TODAY, and the Washington Post. She has been featured on Today, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, and National Public Radio.
A Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University, she is the author of more than 130 scientific publications and 6 books. With generational divides wider than ever, parents, educators, and employers have an urgent need to understand today’s rising generation of teens and young adults. Born after 1995, iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. Social media and texting replacing other activities, iGen spends less time with their friends in person – perhaps why they are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness.
Thomas Kersting is a well-known author and television personality. Tom has co-hosted two A&E Network shows, as well as shows for National Geographic Channel, Food Network, and Oprah’s Wellness Network, and is the author of Disconnected, how to reconnect our digitally distracted kids.
We see it everywhere: at the park, in restaurants, and inside our homes and cars—kids connected to handheld devices and disconnected from the world around them. The average kid today spends more than eight hours per day, seven days a week plugged-in to electronic devices. The result is a malleable brain that has literally been re-wired (its’ called neuro- plasticity) to assimilate well in a virtual-world but not so well in the real world. Kids brains are simply unable to cope with “real-life” issues and the result is chronic anxiety, attention deficit disorder, depression, poor social skills, academic failure and family relationship problems. Yes, this is problematic, but for every problem there is a solution.