The New York Times reports that Beloit College felt a need to provide a cultural guide to equip faculty members to deal with first encounters with strange, new visitors from a different planet: the Class of 2014.
[H]ow is the class of 2014 different from previous classes? Theyâ€™re more digital, of course.
First and foremost, few entering college this year have ever written in cursive. And this mobile phone generation has â€œnever twisted the coiled handset wire aimlessly around their wrists while chatting on the phone.â€
They also rarely use e-mail. Why? Because itâ€™s just too slow. And you can imagine how much they use snail mail: â€œrarely.â€
Another insight that shows how quickly things change is this one: The class of 2014 has â€œnever recognized that pointing to their wrists was a request for the time of day.â€ They donâ€™t own watches and instead use their cellphones to tell the time.
The class also believes that there have always been â€œhundreds of cable channels but nothing to watchâ€ and that â€œRussians and Americans have always been living together in space.â€
Hat tip to Ben Slotznick.