For the past 15 years Beloit College has published a “mindset list,” which identifies “the cultural touchstones” that have influenced the incoming class of first-year students. In addition to Beloit’s list, Falvey staff has gathered its own facts about students born in 1995:
Many millennials do not associate tapping on one’s wrist with indicating time, nor do they understand the phrase “Be Kind, Rewind.”
Most have never seen a physical library card catalog, microfilm or microfiche.
Although millennials may not know why the word “dial” is associated with phones (“dial tone,” for example), they have helped to rescue the @ sign from obsolescence.
Certainly you could add examples not included on this list. Tell us your ideas/observations about the class of 2017.
Gerald Dierkes is an information services specialist for the Information and Research Assistance team, senior copyeditor for the Communication and Publications team, and a liaison to the Department of Theater.