App-enabled or App-dependent?

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The App GenerationThese questions, posed in Howard Gardner and Katie Davis’s The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World“elevate the discussion beyond knee-jerk complaints about ‘those #@#!! kids who are on their phones all day’.” as Mindful Magazine put it. From individual blogs like Sassy Peach, and Family Focus Blog, to larger outlets like’s Elementary Education blog and, parents and educators joining Gardner and Davis’s conversation on the merits and pitfalls posed by the culture of complete immersion in technology as they struggle to understand today’s youth.

The App Generation’s careful and insightful look into the generation born into an app-based world has garnered interest from many communities. As Just Another New BlogBookSpinNew York Journal of Booksand other varied communities around the blogosphere share the discussion, the essential question emerges:

 Is the next generation “app-dependent” or “app-enabled”?

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