Why are young­sters dat­ing less than their folks’ gen?

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - City - - Relationship -

It’s al­ready known that ex­ces­sive tex­ting can af­fect your mood, and even com­pro­mise sleep pat­terns. Yet, young­sters are glued to their gad­gets. A new study has found that young­sters are go­ing on fewer ro­man­tic dates than their par­ents’ gen­er­a­tion, as they spend too much time on their phones.

Ac­cord­ing to a book by Jean Twenge, pro­fes­sor at San Diego State Univer­sity in the US, those born be­tween 1995 and 2012 — dubbed the i-Gen­er­a­tion — are less in­ter­ested in ro­mance than their mil­len­nial pre­de­ces­sors.

Young peo­ple from this group have grown up with so­cial me­dia and smart­phones and spend far more time so­cial­is­ing with one an­other on­line than in per­son. The de­cline in dat­ing cor­re­sponds to dwin­dling sex­ual ac­tiv­ity among this co­hort, re­searchers found.

Based on sur­veys of 11 mil­lion young peo­ple and a se­ries of in-depth in­ter­views, Twenge found that young­sters and es­pe­cially teenagers are go­ing out less of­ten than peo­ple their age did as re­cently as 2009.

“Teens are spend­ing an enor­mous amount of time, pri­mar­ily on their smart­phones and com­mu­ni­cat­ing with their friends elec­tron­i­cally,” Twenge said, adding, “They are spend­ing less time in­ter­act­ing with their friends in per­son, hang­ing out with their friends.”

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Young­sters are go­ing on fewer ro­man­tic dates, as they spend too much time on their phones

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