The App Generation: How Today's Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World

The App Generation: How Today's Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World

Howard Gardner Katie Davis / May 23, 2019

The App Generation How Today s Youth Navigate Identity Intimacy and Imagination in a Digital World No one has failed to notice that the current generation of youth is deeply some would say totally involved with digital media Professors Howard Gardner and Katie Davis name today s young people The Ap

  • Title: The App Generation: How Today's Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World
  • Author: Howard Gardner Katie Davis
  • ISBN: 9780300196214
  • Page: 420
  • Format: Hardcover
  • No one has failed to notice that the current generation of youth is deeply some would say totally involved with digital media Professors Howard Gardner and Katie Davis name today s young people The App Generation, and in this spellbinding book they explore what it means to be app dependent versus app enabled and how life for this generation differs from life before thNo one has failed to notice that the current generation of youth is deeply some would say totally involved with digital media Professors Howard Gardner and Katie Davis name today s young people The App Generation, and in this spellbinding book they explore what it means to be app dependent versus app enabled and how life for this generation differs from life before the digital era Gardner and Davis are concerned with three vital areas of adolescent life identity, intimacy, and imagination Through innovative research, including interviews of young people, focus groups of those who work with them, and a unique comparison of youthful artistic productions before and after the digital revolution, the authors uncover the drawbacks of apps they may foreclose a sense of identity, encourage superficial relations with others, and stunt creative imagination On the other hand, the benefits of apps are equally striking they can promote a strong sense of identity, allow deep relationships, and stimulate creativity The challenge is to venture beyond the ways that apps are designed to be used, Gardner and Davis conclude, and they suggest how the power of apps can be a springboard to greater creativity and higher aspirations.

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        Howard Gardner is the John H and Elisabeth A Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education He also holds positions as Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and Senior Director of Harvard Project Zero Among numerous honors, Gardner received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship in 1981 He has received honorary degrees from 26 colleges and universities, including institutions in Bulgaria, Chile, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, and South Korea In 2005 and again in 2008, he was selected by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines as one of the 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world The author of 25 books translated into 28 languages, and several hundred articles, Gardner is best known in educational circles for his theory of multiple intelligences, a critique of the notion that there exists but a single human intelligence that can be adequately assessed by standard psychometric instruments.During the past two decades, Gardner and colleagues at Project Zero have been involved in the design of performance based assessments education for understanding the use of multiple intelligences to achieve personalized curriculum, instruction, and pedagogy and the quality of interdisciplinary efforts in education Since the middle 1990s, in collaboration with psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and William Damon, Gardner has directed the GoodWork Project a study of work that is excellent, engaging, and ethical More recently, with long time Project Zero colleagues Lynn Barendsen and Wendy Fischman, he has conducted reflection sessions designed to enhance the understanding and incidence of good work among young people With Carrie James and other colleagues at Project Zero, he is also investigating the nature of trust in contemporary society and ethical dimensions entailed in the use of the new digital media Among new research undertakings are a study of effective collaboration among non profit institutions in education and a study of conceptions of quality, nationally and internationally, in the contemporary era In 2008 he delivered a set of three lectures at New York s Museum of Modern Art on the topic The True, The Beautiful, and The Good econsiderations in a post modern, digital era from howardgardner bio bio.


    1. Good topic - what the heck happened? This book’s only idea worth conveying was that we should see early B&W TV shows as showing communitarian values while today's shows (not surprisingly increasingly reflecting our capitalist system of selfishness as good) as centered on self-absorption. I hoped to learn something deeper yet the second deepest insight in this book is that we as a people now trust each other less! That shouldn't be surprising; corporations have known for 80 years that if yo [...]

    2. I looked forward to what Howard Gardner, who brought the concept of multiple intelligences to the public, had to say about the “app generation”. I was disappointed that the first 30 pages of this 200 page book were devoted to defining “generation”. Ensuing pages sprawled. The authors explore the “3 I’s” (Identity, Intimacy and Imagination) making connections and a few conclusions through anecdotes and brief summaries of research. The book read like a draft. I think the authors were [...]

    3. I have read quite a few editorials, books chapters, even listened to podcasts that condemned or bemoaned the state of "today's youth" especially when the effects of wide spread technology and education are being discussed. As a 26 year old university graduate, I can nod my head and acknowledge that there are "issues" with both my generation and my much younger siblings' generation, however, I am often left feeling out in the cold, as if the older generation writing the piece is simple whining an [...]

    4. This is youth psychology framed with the fad de jour of Mobile Apps. I found all references to Apps, like SnapChat, Instagram and Facebook, as clumsy and shoehorned in to the narrative to be congruent with the title. Largely, I found nothing new or interesting out of this; young people use social media, they post on the web, old people are worried. A deep dive in to youth mental health resulting from being always contactable would have been amazing - the chapter that briefly covered this was ver [...]

    5. I won this book from giveaway. I could only managed to read half of this book. It did not really tell me anything I did not already know. Wouldn't recommend it

    6. A really good coverage of the impact of Apps on the generations. I am not entirely comfortable with the assertion that apps can be a trap, that can be applied to a lot of things. Still it gives both the advantages and disadvantages, though it does seem to make some moral judgements even if disguised by it's academic base. The author labels Apps as "enablers" or "disempowers" and goes on to blame older generations for how youngers view and relate to apps. That as with most new technologies is cra [...]

    7. Mobile technology does have a powerful impact on thinking and behavior, but Gardner and Davis's premise--that Smartphone and tablet applications significantly affect the identity, imagination and intimacy of their users--feels like a real stretch. This unconvincing book felt like an over-extended and flawed dissertation. A better examination of a similar argument can be found in Brian X. Chen's book, Always On.

    8. Poorly written book, by this time and day everyone knows that technology is changing people for better or worse. Book is not worth the read, in fact the book should have never been written, if you have been alive or not under a rock for 5 years you know the importance of technology.

    9. This caused me to think deeply about the way I approach learning and life in general. Very thoughtful remark on the impact of technology and the creativity crisis facing this generation.

    10. This was not at all what I expected. While it is well-written, it is basically a research thesis or dissertation in a book form.

    11. In the Introduction of The App Generation, Howard Gardner and Katie Davis contend that, due to the “availability, proliferation, and power of apps”, the collective consciousness of today’s youth is distinctly different from any past or present generation’s perspective. (14) Specifically, digital technologies have changed young people’s sense of identity, intimacy, and imagination. In a provocative statement, the authors claim that young people “… are not only immersed in apps; they [...]

    12. I love Howard Gardner's research on multiple intelligences, so I really wanted to like this book and gain new insight about the App Generation--but I didn't. It was so dry and boring, and I couldn't filter the message through the labor-intensive reading. I kept thinking that if I stuck with it I would get into, but I didn't. The topic is interesting to me, the book was not.

    13. Most of it only states the obvious but it can be read to gain a certain point of view about what's going on especially with the young. It also discusses the differences and similarities about digital competencies between 3 generations through 3 people from each period, one including Howard Gardner himself.

    14. 004.678083 GARMy review: Consider 3 people representing 3 generation, Howard (as grandpa), Katie (in the middle), Molly (1990-2000 generation, app generation), this book look directly 3 aspects of the lives most affected by the digital technology: the sense of identity, capacity for intimate relationship, and imaginative powers-enabling vs. app-dependentp25 In mumford's terms, the issue is whether we will control the technologies or whether the technologies will control us. In Ellul's terms, wil [...]

    15. It is difficult to imagine what our great-grandparents thought where their children became obsessed with those new fangled radio and phonograph machines, nor what our own grandparents thought of our devotion to the television. Did they dwell on the positive aspects of the devices, machines that allowed into small, sheltered lives all the riches of the world, though at second hand? Did they frown when thinking of the possibility that these devices would cause would cause civilizations to come apa [...]

    16. I won this as a First Reads giveaway.It's very easy to list all the negatives with kids and apps. This book has done an excellent job of listing the good and the bad.My oldest nephew used to be artistically inclined and fun to talk to and play with. I really enjoyed seeing him every chance we got. Now he has a Blackberry. I get a hug and a quick hello, then it's back to the video games. He plays during meals and has to be reminded to eat, and his art has regressed by about five years. It's depr [...]

    17. I understand the frustration that some readers have with this book. However, I do believe that it makes a valid contribution to the study of a much maligned generation of people. My shredded wheat side tells me that it's too easy to get annoyed with vapid young people and their uncritical use/abuse of new technologies. However, my frosted side feels that we cannot really know what these new technologies will enhance or augment in these youngsters the best we can do is nurture their sense of disc [...]

    18. Relevant for readers who enjoy social science study into modern cultural issues. Authors Gardner and Davis present their research of how adolescents and young adults have evolved in the last 20 years as a result of digital media. They provide methodological data culled from their research teams’ interviews with cohorts, General Service Survey data, and other investigation as to how ‘digital natives,’ as they are called by the authors, identity, intimacy, and imagination are shaped by apps, [...]

    19. Excellent proposition and portrayals via both casual and academic research and analysis. Yet much is rehashed and re-presented after the first 50 pages. Plus there's a lot of historical broo-ha-ha that doesn't feel particularly relevant, just shared for the sake of perspective in a slightly facile way.The best summation is identified in the subtitle: Identifying current transitions in defining Identity, Intimacy and Imagination via digi-devices and their short-cuts. Three generations of authors [...]

    20. The authors spend much of this book describing how the App Generation uses apps. If you or someone you know belongs to this generation, this information will be obvious to you. The conclusions the authors arrive at regarding the effects of technology on this generation are spurious at best and the studies they use to back up their premises are rather inconclusive. It appears to me the authors are trying to analyze the consequences of growing up with access to all this technology before the peopl [...]

    21. A bit disappointed in this book - I was hoping that renown and well-respected Howard Gardner would provide more than a very limiting, inconclusive, and vague report about what I believe is otherwise a timely and important topic. Most educators who understand technology would probably agree with me that there is a worrying tendency of the youth today to be "App-dependent" rather than "App-enabled", phrases coined together by Howard Gardner and his co-author Katie Davis. Perhaps it is just too ear [...]

    22. I finished this a couple weeks ago and have been struggling with how to review it ever since. Two stars to a book by Howard Gardner? Well, yes. There is good information in this book, but it's hard to dig out of the constant defining of what a generation is. There's also significant discussion on how apps are used, much of which is over explained. What I struggled with most, though, is that Gardner and Davis claimed they were presenting a balanced look at how technology impacts current generatio [...]

    23. This is very readable and, hmm, affable. It intrigues the imagination by presenting differences between the youth and young adults of today compared with previous decades (and it has an appendix that actually gets into some of the details of how the experiments were conducted, although still only at a high level).That said, the term "app generation" never really seemed to make sense; the closest was when they talked about (a) it being more important for people to present a 'unified package' in t [...]

    24. Ho letto con entusiasmo questo libro è in fin dei conti non sono stato deluso. Come mai, allora, solo 3 stelle? È presto detto. Lo studio, tra le altre cose, cerca di dimostrare che le App sono uno strumento molto vincolante per chi le usa, soprattutto per i giovani. Come tutti gli strumenti, mi sono detto: se hai tra le mani una matita, non la puoi usare come un pennello, no? E lo stesso vale per le App. Ovviamente il libro non si fa mancare palate di "ai miei tempi era diverso", che fanno se [...]

    25. I read this for my Philiosophy 210 class this semester on The American Mind which opened my eyes on so many levels. The way technology is constantly improving causes consumers to taught to constantly uptain whatever is coming out, as if we need it. The depiction that we have that says "I'm in control of where I put my attention" when really apps, social media, television are all ways in which controls the way we view the world and deny how much it actually is affecting us because we become blind [...]

    26. Howard Gardner and Katie Davis have written most provocative book on how apps, for good or bad, have shaped and will continue to shape the current and future generation. That today"s app generation is primarily goal driven and risk averse is an intriguing observation. However, as poignant as these observation are, they may not be common to all our current generation psyche. The book takes samples from two geographical areas New England and Bermuda. This is not s representative of the USA or the [...]

    27. I didn't think that the writers were going to depict apps and the use of technology in a negative frame of mind, but I will say that the research and various reports stated throughout were insightful. Many good reminders were included in this book, and I think it's helpful to have a different perspective of what's happening in the culture at this present time. I talked with some students about the premies, and they agreed with what was written in this book before I even mentioned it. It would be [...]

    28. This was a quick read. Gardner is intrigued by young people's attachment to technology. He researches and analyzes how technology impacts their concept of identity, intimacy, and imagination. Not surprisingly, he comes up with a mixed evaluation. When technology promotes dependency and isolation ( read Sherry Turkel), and when it restricts creativity, it's bad. But it also can release imagination and it can allow communities to form that never could have before. (And it allows me to read this Eb [...]

    29. Davis and Gardner ponder the question of how a generation so immersed into their digital devices will develop as they mature. This book studies various age groups, genders and cultures as it endeavors to answer. Some of the research was done in classrooms, but the most interesting research was conducted between Gardner and his grandson, aged 4 at the time. The ease of the child's comfort with his devices, compared with his grandfather's discomfort, speaks volumes about they way digital natives i [...]

    30. I tried it was interesting at first but settled in to a pattern of what felt like back in my day things were and news clippings of interest Could have used a bit more polish and a clear goal or maybe a bit less academic in tone. It felt like a paper was made in to a book repetitive with out reason beyond starring the thesis in case we forgot the point of each example

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