Every year, Beloit College peeks into the mindset of incoming college freshmen.
The list identifies the worldview of new students to help older generations understand the way the reality is from the freshmen’s perspective.
The list is insightful, entertaining and a way to make people feel old.
For example, there are generations of young and not-so-young people for whom the Internet has always existed in their lives.
If you can remember a time before the Internet, you’ll likely feel old to hear that observation.
So it is with each class of incoming college freshmen. Their worldview, or mindset, is something that can jolt the worldview of older Americans.
Born in 2000, the first year of the new millennium, these students are members of the College Class of 2022.
That’s right — the babies born in the year 2000, a year you probably remember well and think was only yesterday — those kids are now the first of the 21st century to enter college.
So, from the Mindset List, here are some of the observations that will show how the Class of 2022’s perspective differs from yours:
- Among the iconic figures never alive in their lifetime are Victor Borge, Charles Schulz, and the original Obi-Wan Kenobi Alec Guinness.
- Among their classmates could be Madonna’s son Rocco, Will Smith’s daughter Willow, or David Bowie and Iman’s daughter Alexandria.
- They are the first class born in the new millennium, escaping the dreaded label of “Millennial,” though their new designation—iGen, GenZ, etc. — has not yet been agreed upon by them.
- They have always been able to refer to Wikipedia.
- Parents have always been watching Big Brother, and vice versa.
- They’ve grown up with stories about where their grandparents were on 11/22/63 and where their parents were on 9/11.
- The Prius has always been on the road in the U.S.
- “You’ve got mail” would sound as ancient to them as “number, please” would have sounded to their parents.
- A visit to a bank has been a rare event.
- Robert Downey Jr. has always been the sober Iron Man.
- Lightbulbs have always been shatterproof.
- Thumbprints have always provided log in security—and are harder to lose—than a password.
- Robots have always been able to walk on two legs and climb stairs.
- Mass market books have always been available exclusively as Ebooks.
- Oprah has always been a magazine.
- Donny and Marie who?
- Films have always been distributed on the Internet.
- The detachable computer mouse is almost extinct.
To read the complete list, go to www.themindsetlist.com.