Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Mindset List

It’s been a while since I’ve posted from the Beloit College Mindset List – the annual list that shocks us old-timers because we can’t imagine these things could be true!  This list captures just some of the things that shape this generation’s world view.  It’s valuable for parents, teachers, marketers and those in ministry to young people.

Newsflash:  Kids who will be graduating from college in 2018 have a whole different mindset than us older folk.  Read these and see if you can relate feel old…

These things are true of college freshman this year:
  • During their initial weeks of kindergarten, they were upset by endlessly repeated images of planes blasting into the World Trade Center.
  • When they see wire-rimmed glasses, they think of Harry Potter, not John Lennon.
  • “Press pound” on the phone is now translated as “hit hashtag.”
  • Celebrity ‘selfies’ are far cooler than autographs.
  • There has always been a national database of sex offenders.
  • “Good feedback” means getting 30 likes on your last Facebook post in a single afternoon.
  • Since Toys R Us created a toy registry for kids, visits to Santa are just a formality.
  • Since they binge-watch their favorite TV shows, they might like to binge-watch the video portions of their courses too.
  • The water cooler is no longer the workplace social center; it’s the place to fill your water bottle.

You can read the whole Mindset List for 2018 here.

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