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a name I started calling this generation because of the large, abrupt shifts I started seeing in teens’ behaviors and emotional states around 2012 — exactly when the majority of Americans started to use smartphones.
The data show a trend toward individualism in this generation, as well as evidence that i Gen teens are taking longer to grow up than previous generations did.
In the early 1990s, nearly three out of four 10th graders sometimes dated, but by the 2010s only about half did.
(The teens I interviewed assured me they still called it “dating.”) This trend away from dating and relationships continues into early adulthood, with Gallup finding that fewer 18- to 29-year-olds lived with a romantic partner (married or not) in 2015 compared to 2000.
Boomers and Gen X’ers at the same age) say they ever go out on dates.
“Love is just a word, it has no meaning,” she said.
“It’s very rare you will ever find someone who really likes you for who you are — for yourself, your originality… Rarely, if ever, do you find someone who really cares.” There’s another reason i Gen’ers are uncertain about relationships: you might get hurt, and you might find yourself dependent on someone else—reasons that intertwine with i Gen’s individualism and focus on safety.
Social media and dating apps also make cheating extremely easy.
“Like your boyfriend could have been talking to somebody for months behind your back and you’ll never find out,” 15-year-old Madeline from the Bronx said in the social media expose .