Being sent to your bedroom used to be a punishment: now it’s a teen dream. Through personal computers, mobile phones and gaming consoles, teenagers are spurning antisocial angst for a culture of “connected cocooning”.

It’s a phrase coined by music channel MTV to describe how the current 16-to-24-year-old “MTV generation” is permanently plugged into a network of digital devices, bringing the world to their fingertips in a way no previous generation has ever experienced.

Such limitless communication is having a revolutionary impact on the way young people interact, socialise, work and play. This tech-savvy teen tribe is united as never before, with the lonely search for identity set to become a vision of the past.

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