August 9, 2011
Times have definitely changed. Now, bike helmets are considered “cool,” candy cigarettes are outlawed and the W.W.F. is more widely known as the World Wildlife Fund. It’s those cultural references that tie us to others in our generation and causes blank stares from someone in their early 20s.
Since 1998, Beloit College has celebrated that generational gap causing one to pause and hopefully laugh at how “times have changed.” The Beloit College cultural mindset list was created to help bridge the generation gap between seasoned individuals and recent high school graduates. It’s a glimpse into how young adults think, what cultural references may be lost on them and in my opinion a really fun way to see how quickly our world changes.
This year’s subjects were born in 1993 (Yikes! That’s the year I graduated high school) and most will graduate in 2015. The MindSet site says: This year’s entering college class of 2015 was born just as the Internet took everyone onto the information highway and as Amazon began its relentless flow of books and everything else into their lives. They have come of age as women assumed command of U.S. Navy ships, altar girls served routinely at Catholic Mass, and when everything from parents analyzing childhood maladies to their breaking up with boyfriends and girlfriends, sometimes quite publicly, have been accomplished on the Internet.
The group releases 75 findings from the survey each year along with some fun anecdotes from people who have what they call a mindset moment – that point in time where you suddenly realize there IS a generation gap. If you’re over 30, you know what I’m talking about. Here are some of my favorites:
The Mindset List for the class of 2015:
MindSet Moments from the “Older” set:
Have you experienced any generational gaps of late? If so, share. It will give us all a good laugh!