The Oregonian August 22,2012

Wired Class of 2016 has little use for radio, TV sets by Dinesh Ramde

These are among 75 references on this year’s Beloit College Mindset List, a nonscientific compilation meant to remind teachers that college freshman born mostly in 1994, see the world in a much different way.

The students are also accustomed to seeing women in positions of leadership. They came of age at a time when Madeleine Albright was serving as the first female U.S. secretary of state, and women have held the position for most of their lives.

The lists have begun attracting attention from government agencies, athletic organizations and other groups that want to know how the younger generation thinks. Nief and McBride will be sharing their insights with  employees of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. in October.

The new generation gets a lot of its news from Jon Stewart’s ” The Daily Show.” But if they miss an episode, they can always get instant news from You Tube (No. 5 on the list).

The theme of last years list was how wired the incoming class was. This year’s class includes students who might be bitter at the previous generation, Nief said. While their elders went to college in good times and had jobs waiting for them, these students grew up watching their parents worry about unemployment and foreclosures.

That sentiment was captured in item 16, which notes unemployment has risen 2 percentage points in their lifetimes.

But they also live in an era of potential. Gene therapy has always been available, and they don’t waste time with outdated technologies like radios and point and shoot cameras.

Thought this might be interesting about what the future generation is like.

Margaret (Maggie) Burton AAUW Online President