They make sure to keep up their Snapstreaks, which show how many days in a row they have Snapchatted with each other.
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.last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas.She answered her phone—she’s had an i Phone since she was 11—sounding as if she’d just woken up. ,” I asked, recalling my own middle-school days, in the 1980s, when I’d enjoy a few parent-free hours shopping with my friends. “We’ll go with my mom and brothers and walk a little behind them. I have to check in every hour or every 30 minutes.”Those mall trips are infrequent—about once a month.i Gen’s oldest members were early adolescents when the i Phone was introduced, in 2007, and high-school students when the i Pad entered the scene, in 2010.A 2017 survey of more than 5,000 American teens found that three out of four owned an i Phone.