Professor Jean Twenge
appears on the upcoming season two premiere of the Adam Ruins Everything
TV show called Adam Ruins Having a Baby
. But the reason Jean's on this week's podcast is to talk about something very different: generations.
Last year Adam gave a talk called 'Millenials Don't Exist
', which sought to prove generational narratives can be inaccurate and reductive. The presentation actually referred to Jean's career-long work on the subject matter and may have made some jokes at her expense.
A year later, when Adam and his team were researching on Adam Ruins Having a Baby, they came across Jean's work in a very different context - she's conducted extensive research on fertility patterns for women in their later 30s. So they invited her to be an expert on the TV show! While she and Adam were on set, they discussed their differences on generations and decided to continue the conversation on the podcast.
Jean is a psychology professor at San Diego State University and is the author of Generation Me
and the upcoming iGen