Has The Smartphone Destroyed A Generation By Jean Twenge

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English 101 Dr. Rhodes Amber Rinder 10/1/17 Rhetorical Analysis of Jean Twenge’s “Has the Smartphone Destroyed a Generation?” Technology has always been at the forefront of the world’s mind, for as long as anyone can remember. The idea of “advancing” has been a consistent goal among developers. However, recently the invention of smartphones broke out into the world of technology, causing millions of people to become encapsulated in a world of knowledge at their fingertips. Jean Twenge elaborates on the impacts of the smartphone on the younger generation in her article “Has the Smartphone Destroyed a Generation?” Twenge’s article is just a sliver of the analysis that she presents in her book “IGen.” Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, published her book in August of 2017. In the article taken from the book, she begins by stating a story from a discussion between her and her thirteen year old niece, Athena. Twenge called her niece, and had a discussion with her about the things Athena enjoyed, including technology that has become popular among teens in recent years. After the discussion with her niece, Twenge then begins to refer to the research she has been conducting for several years. She analyses how her data collections began to change around 2012, when smartphones really began to advance. Twenge’s article maintains the argument that, while many people have different ideas about the cause for the change in teen attitudes in recent years, she believes that smartphones are greatly to blame. To support her claim, Twenge states that the rates of depression have “skyrocketed” (p. 61) (Pathos). She also says that “There’s not a single exception …. screen activities are linked to less happiness” (p. 63... ... middle of paper ... ...Chicago. Each of these sources take data from real people’s responses, and puts them into categories and general groups, pertaining to their answers. Twenge also uses an article titled “Monitoring the Future” which was published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The article surveyed a thousand high school seniors, as well as students from the eighth grade. The survey monitored the rise and fall of drug use and abuse among students. Students were asked to report their drug abuse habits over a certain amount of time, and the data was recorded and plotted. Every year, a new survey is sent out among hundreds of public and private schools. The survey provided by the NIH can be tied into Twenge’s article, seeing as many adults consider the overuse of cellphones to be like a drug. It changes teen’s minds and causes their personalities to change drastically over time.
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