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Kids These Days

I was running a few days ago and went by a group of 16 year olds. It dawned on me that I was their age when they were born.

That realization, along with lists like this, make me feel VERY old. Keep in mind that most students entering college for the first time this fall were born in 1991.

Each August since 1998, Beloit College has released the Beloit College Mindset List. It provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college. It is the creation of Beloit’s Keefer Professor of the Humanities Tom McBride and Emeritus Public Affairs Director Ron Nief. It is used around the world as the school year begins, as a reminder of the rapidly changing frame of reference for this new generation. (via http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/)

You can go to the link above to see all of them, but these are the ones that have the most personal impact.

1. For these students, Martha Graham, Pan American Airways, Michael Landon, Dr. Seuss, Miles Davis, The Dallas Times Herald, Gene Roddenberry, and Freddie Mercury have always been dead.
4. They have never used a card catalog to find a book.
6. Salsa has always outsold ketchup.
7. Earvin “Magic” Johnson has always been HIV-positive.
11. Chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream has always been a flavor choice.
14. Text has always been hyper.
23. The European Union has always existed.
26. Cable television systems have always offered telephone service and vice versa.
36. We have always watched wars, coups, and police arrests unfold on television in real time.
38. Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Latvia, Georgia, Lithuania, and Estonia have always been independent nations.
50. Everyone has always known what the evening news was before the Evening News came on.
52. They have never been Saved by the Bell
64. CDs have never been sold in cardboard packaging.
68. Official racial classifications in South Africa have always been outlawed.
69. The NBC Today Show has always been seen on weekends.
73. Nobody has ever responded to “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”

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