More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have teeneger been. O ne day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. We chatted about her favorite songs and TV shows, and I asked her what she likes to do with her friends. I have to check in every hour or every 30 minutes.
Those mall trips are infrequent—about once a month. More often, Athena and her friends spend time together on their phones, unchaperoned.
Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
Unlike the teens of my generation, who might have spent an evening tying up the family landline with gossip, they talk on Snapchat, the smartphone app that allows users to send pictures and videos that quickly disappear. They make sure to keep up their Snapstreaks, which show how many days in a row they have Snapchatted with each other. Sometimes they save screenshots of particularly ridiculous pictures of friends.
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