CBS on Being iGen: How Social Media Makes Adolescence Even Harder

The new dramedy “Eighth Grade,” about a painfully shy 13-year old stumbling through her last week of middle school, is the first film for writer-director Bo Burnham and for its young star, Elsie Fisher.

There’s more to the movie Eighth Grade than the usual teen angst and acne. There’s the loneliness that, according to recent research, is becoming more pervasive for young people as social media increases in influence. Tracy Smith, CBS News correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, talks with writer-directory Bo Burnham, and with San Diego State professor Jean Twenge, author of “iGen,” about how the Internet is making adolescence even tougher.

Eighth Grade follows White Plains, New York eighth-grader Kayla Day, played by Elsie Fisher, who struggles to finish her last week of classes before embarking for high school. The film premiered on January 19, 2018 as part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition section of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Eighth Grade was released in the United States on July 13, 2018.

According to FILMRATINGS.COM, Eighth Grade (2018) is rated R for language and some sexual material.

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