Why are youngsters dating less than their folks’ gen?
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.”
Youngsters are going on fewer romantic dates, as they spend too much time on their phones