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In the article “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” by Jean M. Twenge, the author argues that the prevalence of smartphones has had a detrimental effect on teenagers. By presenting statistics and examples, Twenge clearly conveys that smartphones have destroyed the current generation. The author refers to the current generation as IGens and defines IGens as people born between 1995 and 2012. After more than 50% of the population acquired cell phones in 2012, the overall mental and emotional state of the current generation declined. Current teens live in a safer environment than generations prior but are in mental and emotional peril due to smartphones. One of the noticeable aspects of the current mental and emotional peril is that the rates for suicide and depression have significantly risen since 2012. Twenge states that although teenagers may believe smartphones to be improving life, phones actually yield unhappiness and negative benefits. One of the most noticeable negative benefits is that teenagers no longer crave
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