Read one of the articles, go over vocabulary, and discuss the discussion questions.
- In what ways do you think your generation is different from previous generations?
- What don’t the older generations understand about your generation?
- What bothers, confuses, and/or frustrates you about older generations?
- How do attitudes differ about: work, play, love, money?
- What are the key national and global events that have shaped your generation?
- What skills do you have that they don’t and vica versa?
- In what ways do you envy previous generations? In what ways do you feel bad for them?
- What message of gratitude and/or scolding would you give to earlier generations?
- When have you experienced a ‘generation gap’ with friends or family?
- What are your earliest memories of using a computer, smartphone, and other tech?
- On average, how much time do you spend on your phone in a day? a year?
What would you be doing with that time if you weren’t on your phone?
- How many texts did you send yesterday?
- How much do you check and care about the sns feedback you get?
- How much would someone have to pay you to NOT use any electronic device for a month?
- How does screen time affect your mood or health?
- Have you (or anyone you know) experienced digital addiction?
- How, if at all, do you think iGen men and women use their phones differently?
- Do you think that the rise in mental health issues is caused by smartphones? Why or why not?
- Does this article also apply to the Millenials and iGens in South Korea? How so and/or why not?
- Do you agree that iGen is less optimistic, independent and self-confident than the previous generations? If so, why is that?
- Why do you think iGen’ers go to college to get a job rather than to get an “education”?
- Do you think a university education is worth the time and money?
- Is Individualism different from being selfish? How so?
- How can iGen’ers help older generations adapt to the modern world (e.g. fast food kiosks)
- What does iGen growing up slowly have to do with spending their entire adolescence with smartphones? Other than smartphones, what factors have shaped iGen?
- Why is iGen more interested in safety and tolerance than other generations?
- Do you agree that your upbringing has been more protected and slow to approach adulthood?
- How does iGen's knowledge of, and experience with smartphones and technology give an advantage over other generations?
- If the tech advances have made today's kids less happy, what would be the proper solution?
- Do you prefer to drive yourself or have someone be your ‘chauffeur’?
- How do you and your parents define or measure happiness differently?
- Why does our generations want a good job when we graduate from college? Didn’t previous generations also want to get good jobs?
- How will future generations will be defined? Will they continue to be less independent and happy?
- In what ways are iGen’ers more (or less) connected socially and globally?