For the current generation of youth- an app at the fingertips is the natural way to address almost any task. Their fluent use of mobile apps from an early age makes them different from all previous generations - even from young adults who grew up with the internet.
There is much speculation about the impact of this constant immersion in new technologies. Do apps open new horizons, or limit creativity? Do today’s youth have a firmer or a more fragmented sense of identity? Are social media enriching young peoples’ lives or impoverishing their relationships?
In the new book The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner and digital media expert Katie Davis look at original research that illuminates these important questions.