class of 2012

this has been floating around the ‘net (including the youth ministry blogosphere) for a week or two now, and i’ve had it in my saved folder. might as well post it, for those few who haven’t seen it yet: every year, beloit college publishes a (somewhat silly) “mindset list” of the incoming freshman class. this year’s list is interesting, as it so clearly shows how older teenagers have grown up in a completely online and virtually connected world.

here’s the link to the complete list.

in the preliminary paragraphs, they note that some things haven’t changed much:

Most of [these college freshmen] will be about 18 years old, born in 1990 when headlines sounded oddly familiar to those of today: Rising fuel costs were causing airlines to cut staff and flight schedules; Big Three car companies were facing declining sales and profits; and a president named Bush was increasing the number of troops in the Middle East in the hopes of securing peace.

but, they go on to note how much has changed:

The class of 2012 has grown up in an era where computers and rapid communication are the norm, and colleges no longer trumpet the fact that residence halls are “wired” and equipped with the latest hardware. These students will hardly recognize the availability of telephones in their rooms since they have seldom utilized landlines during their adolescence. They will continue to live on their cell phones and communicate via texting. Roommates, few of whom have ever shared a bedroom, have already checked out each other on Facebook where they have shared their most personal thoughts with the whole world.

It is a multicultural, politically correct and “green” generation that has hardly noticed the threats to their privacy and has never feared the Russians and the Warsaw Pact.

a few nuggets from the list of 60 items:

– Since they were in diapers, karaoke machines have been annoying people at parties.

– GPS satellite navigation systems have always been available.

– WWW has never stood for World Wide Wrestling.

– IBM has never made typewriters.

– There has always been Pearl Jam.

– Caller ID has always been available on phones.

(ht to ypulse)

2 thoughts on “class of 2012”

  1. Extremely interesting stuff Marko. It is clearly a different world. I am 27 and I told my kids the other day that in high school I had a “typing” class (that was on typewriters) and they looked at me as if I grew up in the 1950s.

  2. Man….I’m only 25 and that post made me feel old. I think I was the last generation to use landlines and typewriters. Or how about film. I miss developing film. Everything is digital, everything is fast and at our fingertips. What happened?

    I still remember being in the high school library and being told that we all had to sign up for something called an ’email’ account and that we would all have our own address and learn how to use it.

    Oh the good ol days!

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