The stay-at-home generation
Teens today—dubbed the iGeneration—are going out on fewer dates, having sex later, and not getting pregnant as much as Baby Boomers or Generation Xers, according to new research by San Diego State University psychologist Jean Twenge.
“Teens are spending an enormous amount of time primarily on their smartphones and communicating with their friends electronically,” Twenge told BBC Radio Four, noting that all that virtual communication means they are spending less time with others in person.
Twenge’s book, iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy—and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood—and What That Means for the Rest of Us, examined surveys of 11 million young people and found that just 56 percent of 14- to 18-year-olds went out on dates in 2015, compared to 85 percent for Generation X and Baby Boomers. —K.C.
Famed plaintiff Edith Windsor dies
LGBT advocate Edith Windsor, called the matriarch of the gay rights movement, died on Tuesday. She was 88.
Windsor was the plaintiff in the 2013 Supreme Court case United States v. Windsor, which overturned key parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Windsor argued DOMA prevented her from receiving a marital tax deduction on her lesbian spouse’s estate when she died. In June 2013, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in her favor, saying that as a legally married same-sex couple, Windsor and her spouse were entitled to the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.
The Windsor decision led the way for the 2015 Supreme Court Obergefell decision that legalized same-sex marriage nationally. —K.C.