Off topic: The 2016 Mindset List

By Nick1962 Latest Reply 2012-09-07 03:57:27 -0500
Started 2012-08-22 11:35:43 -0500

Most students entering college for the first time this fall were born in 1994. For these students, Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead.
Every year, Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., releases its Mindset List to give a snapshot of how the incoming freshmen class views the world. You can see the full 75-item list here: but here are a few excerpts I thought were interesting.

2. They have always lived in cyberspace, addicted to a new generation of “electronic narcotics.”
4. Michael Jackson’s family, not the Kennedys, constitutes “American royalty.”
6. Their lives have been measured in the fundamental particles of life: bits, bytes, and bauds.
8. Bill Clinton is a senior statesman of whose presidency they have little knowledge of.
9. They have never seen an airplane “ticket.”
13. They can’t picture people actually carrying luggage through airports rather than rolling it.
15. Having grown up with MP3s and iPods, they never listen to music on the car radio and really have no use for radio at all.
18. Their folks have never gazed with pride on a new set of bound encyclopedias on the bookshelf.
20. Exposed bra straps have always been a fashion statement, not a wardrobe malfunction to be corrected quietly by well-meaning friends.
21. A significant percentage of them will enter college already displaying some hearing loss.
23. Women have always piloted war planes and space shuttles.
25. They have lived in an era of instant stardom and self-proclaimed celebrities, famous for being famous.
27. Outdated icons with images of floppy discs for “save,” a telephone for “phone,” and a snail-mail envelope for “mail” have oddly decorated their tablets and smartphone screens.
28. Star Wars has always been just a film, not a defense strategy.
29. They have had to incessantly remind their parents not to refer to their CDs and DVDs as “tapes.”
30. There have always been blue M&Ms, but no tan ones.
35. Probably the most tribal generation in history, they despise being separated from contact with their similar-aged friends.
42. Gene therapy has always been an available treatment.
44. Their folks have always been able to grab an Aleve when the kids started giving them a migraine.
47. Before they buy an assigned textbook, they will check to see whether it’s available for rent or purchase as an e-book.
48. They grew up, somehow, without the benefits of Romper Room.
54. NBC has never shown “It’s a Wonderful Life” more than twice during the holidays.
56. They have always enjoyed school and summer camp memories with a digital yearbook.
57. Herr Schindler has always had a List; Mr. Spielberg has always had an Oscar.
60. History has always had its own channel.
63. The Twilight Zone involves vampires, not Rod Serling.
65. Little Caesar has always been proclaiming “Pizza Pizza.”
67. Chronic fatigue syndrome has always been officially recognized with clinical guidelines.
68. They watch television everywhere but on a television.
69. Pulp Fiction’s meal of a “royale with cheese” and an “Amos and Andy milkshake” has little or no resonance with them.
70. Point-and-shoot cameras are soooooo last millennium.
71. Despite being preferred urban gathering places, two-thirds of the independent bookstores in the United States have closed for good during their lifetimes.
74. Genomes of living things have always been sequenced.

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red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-08-24 20:56:04 -0500 Report

This is too funny and right on target for what happened today. My husband, 18yr old(1994) daughter and myself were watching Red Heat, and the scene in the police station showed them typing out reports and my daughter remarked "I know what that is, but never seen one in person." It hit me funny and I was telling her we didn't have computers to write on in the ice age, and she replied "didn't they use to use some white thing to fix it!" My husband and I just looked at her and then the scene with a phonebooth came up and yep, she had never seen one and asked if we ever had a phone with the round thingy to dial! Needless to say we all started cracking up with her replies as we tried to enlighten her of our days.

I have decided to see if there is a place by us with all the outdated stuff of the seventies I grew up with to show her. Our three other kids were born in the early eighties and there are things they mention and she doesn't know what they are talking about and it amazes her. They tease her that she really isn't our kid even though they all look alike:)

Nick1962 2012-08-24 21:06:51 -0500 Report

Sweet! Remember those typewriter erasers that were like pencils and had the little brush on the end? I still have one in my truck. I use it to type on my tablet when I'm out in the field.

GabbyPA 2012-08-24 22:09:15 -0500 Report

OMG...I had forgotten about those! I remember when taking typing class, we only has two electric ones that had 10 pike keys. I have to say at least I did well in that class because it helps me now. I don't thing it will help with textiing.

Nick1962 2012-08-25 08:59:56 -0500 Report

I still hunt and peck, but I'm good at it. After years of cooking I lost the feeling in my finger tips (as well as burned off my finger prints). I remember taking typing class. A complete failure.

Caliafiosgram62 2012-08-27 19:04:07 -0500 Report

1994? Let's see, my oldest was planning his wedding and my youngest was graduating from high school. What is really rough is that I had to buy coffee for an office meeting this morning and yikes!! they gave me the senior citizen discount. :>)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-23 12:21:00 -0500 Report

Thanks Nick for reminding me just how old I am…lol. These are the kids
1. Who never got up off the sofa to change the tv channel
2. Adjust the rabbit ears to stop the tv picture from rolling
3. Never knew there were only three channels on the tv ABC, NBC and CBS that all signed off at midnight
4. Never went to school without a hand held calculator
5. Never had a rotary dial phone
6. Ever had the operator connect them to a number
7. Don't know that tv's were black and white and you bought the color screen to put in front of the tv.
8. Didn't know there wasn't an FM dial on the radio
9. Played a record on a record player or knew that records came 331/3, 45 or LP
10. Don't know who Rosie the Riveter was
11. Never shopped in stores because there weren't any malls
12. May have never gone to a drive in movie
13. Never had their school closed because of the lack of A/C. My elementary school never closed because it was too hot and it did not have A/C
14. Will never forget the look on John Kennedy Jr.s face as he saluted his fathers coffin as it passed by him
15. Never rode in cars without seat belts, rode bikes, skates or skateboards without helmets
16. Played board games for hours all year long
17. More than likely never had a toy without a battery
18. Never bought a candy bar for a nickel and it was the size of the King Sized bar being sold today
19. Have never been in a record store where they played the record for you before you bought it.
20. Never played with Mr. Potato Head with a real potato.

I really miss the good old days.

Nick1962 2012-08-23 13:10:32 -0500 Report

Except for 6, 10, and 18, I remeber them all. Add to that never shopped anywhere on a Sunday, or smoked in their own office.

GabbyPA 2012-08-22 21:23:31 -0500 Report

Good grief, am I getting old. I don't know what some of these things are! I am the old lady who is loosing touch with the "younger generation" Who could grow up without Romper Room or Art Linkletter? I think I will go turn on my unflat screen TV and put a VHS in of ALF or something. By 1994 I was gearing up for my 15th high school reunion and had purchased my first home. Where is my rocking chair?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-23 12:24:44 -0500 Report

Lets not talk about Romper Room or Art Linkletter. I remember not moving until I saw Romper Room. By 1994 I had been out of High School for 23 years. I could not stand ALF but I saw the very first episode of Star Trek when it first came on the air. I spent Saturdays watching My Friend Flicka, Sky King and Penny, Roy Rogers, and of course the morning cartoons.

Nick1962 2012-08-23 08:18:33 -0500 Report

Oh I know. As I was reading through them i had to stop and think too. You and I are the same age, and it never really dawned on me that that there are people out there who have never touched a 3.5" computer disk or have actually put something in an envelope more than once or twice in their life. I like to think I'm still in touch (even though I still have an old flip phone). There is still a need for us old folks though - we recently had a power outage at work and a young co-worker needed to call a client to tell them she would be late. She was distraught because the phone number she needed was in the contacts on her (non functioning) computer. I saved her day by - you guessed it - looking it up in the phone book.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-08-23 12:27:09 -0500 Report

We only get the Yellow pages these days. I can't remember when I last got the White Pages. I still have a telephone book for phone numbers, I keep it by my house phone in case I lose my cell phone. I also still mail Christmas Cards.

Nick1962 2012-08-23 13:14:23 -0500 Report

Yup, still mail christmas cards. But where I came from, the yellow and white pages were combined in one book (only 3/4" thick). Friends that visit from back home still can't get over that just my local white pages alone is 2.5" thick. I had a buddy remark he felt like a small fish in a big pond.