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Teachers, This is the Mindset of the Class of 2016

The class of 2016 is looking to spot Justin Bieber or Dakota Fanning on campus.
The class of 2016 is looking to spot Justin Bieber or Dakota Fanning on campus.

Beloit College is out with its Mindset List for the class of 2016. It’s a measure of how the generation gap impacts culture. And what a major impact time has made! The incoming class of college freshman, born in 1994, has never seen an airline ticket and is looking to spot Justin Bieber on campus.

Below is a snapshot of how the class of 2016 thinks and what they can relate to. (And this list doesn’t just apply to college freshman. Middle school and high school educators should take heed too. :)

Read the complete list here then share your observations about the young generation of students in the comment section.

1.) They have always lived in cyberspace, addicted to a new generation of “electronic narcotics.”

2.) They watch television everywhere but on television.

3.) Their folks have never gazed with pride on a new set of bound encyclopedias on the bookshelf.

4.) For most of their lives, maintaining relations between the U.S. and the rest of the world has been a woman’s job in the State Department.

5.) 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.

6.) A significant percentage of them will enter college already displaying some hearing loss.

7.) Probably the most tribal generation in history, they despise being separated from contact with their similar-aged friends. 

8.) They have lived in an era of instant stardom and self-proclaimed celebrities, famous for being famous.

9.) Exposed bra straps have always been a fashion statement, not a wardrobe malfunction to be corrected quietly by well-meaning friends.

10.) They should keep their eyes open for Justin Bieber or Dakota Fanning at freshman orientation.