How much of an “iGen” are you?

There’s a whole new generation out there, folks.

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In yesterday’s post, we highlighted iGen – a recent book by Jean Twenge – a psychology prof specializing in “generational research”.

Millennials  are yesterday’s news.

The new generation is iGen – born after the introduction of the Internet … and now living connected to their iPhones.

Prof. Twenge observes that the cultural and personal impacts of the “i” technology revolution are a mixed bag – some good and some bad.

More on that in later posts.

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Today, let’s take a short quiz to determine, putting age aside, how connected you are with the iGen ….

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Here’s Prof. Twenge’s iGen Quiz:

Answer each question “yes” or “no.”
Note: iGens don’t answer ‘yes’ to all questions.

1.  In the past 24 hours, did you spend at least an hour total texting on a cell phone?

2.  Do you have a Snapchat account?

3.  Do you consider yourself a religious person?

4.  Did you get your driver’s license by the time you turned 17?

5.  Do you think same-sex marriage should be legal?

6.  Did you ever drink alcohol (more than a few sips) by the time you turned 16?

7.  Did you fight with your parents a lot when you were a teen?

8.  Were more than 1/3 of the other students at your high school a different race than you?

9.  When you were in high school, did you spend nearly every weekend night out with your friends?

10.  Did you have a job during the school year when you were in high school?

11.  Do you agree that safe spaces and trigger warnings are good ideas and that efforts should be
made to reduce microaggressions?

12.  Are you a political independent?

13.  Do you support the legalization of marijuana?

14.  Is having sex without much emotion involved desirable?

15.  When you were in high school, did you feel left out and lonely fairly often?

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SCORING: Give yourself 1 point for answering “yes” to questions 1, 2, 5, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15.

Give yourself 1 point for answering “no” to questions 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, and 10.

The higher your score, the more iGen you are in your behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs.

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For me, my degree of technological connection is summed up by my “no” answers to the first 2 questions:

As one iGen put it in the book:

I don’t understand why anyone uses email when texting is so much faster.

For a while, I thought email was what people meant when they referred to snail mail

Eventually I realized that snail mail was the paper stuff that [takes] days to reach someone. I call that ancient mail..”

Even texting may be on its way out: with the popularity of Instagram and Snapchat,

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More to come on iGen …

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