NYU Professor Says Fragile Gen Z Causing ‘National Crisis’

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 05: In this photo illustration, the social media application logo, Tik Tok is displayed on the screen of an iPhone on March 05, 2019 in Paris, France. The social network broke the rules for the protection of children's online privacy (COPPA) and was fined $ 5.7 million. The fact TikTok criticized is quite serious in the United States, the platform, which currently has more than 500 million users worldwide, collected data that should not have asked minors. TikTok, also known as Douyin in China, is a media app for creating and sharing short videos. Owned by ByteDance, Tik Tok is a leading  video platform in Asia, United States, and other parts of the world. In 2018, the application gained popularity and became the most downloaded app in the U.S. in October 2018. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • “We have a whole generation that’s doing terribly,” Haidt told The Wall Street Journal in a recent interview.
  • Gen Z is usually defined as Americans born between 1997 and 2012 who are now in their teens or early 20s.
  • They are the first generation to fully grow up in the age of the internet and social media.

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