What follows starts with a quick exercise to focus your thinking about the Google Generation.
Below are four statements about that generation. Two statements have been described as myths by the authors of the study from which the graph is taken: please try to identify those two statements. And, in your view, how accurate are each of the other statements?
‘They [the Google Generation] need to feel constantly connected to the web’
‘They are the “cut-and-paste” generation’
‘They pick up computer skills by trial and error’
‘They are expert searchers’
Which of Statements 1–4 above, if any, apply to you?
I think that in some way most of these statements could apply to me, although to varying degrees. I’m pretty much a daily user of the web through both my work, my study and my home life. I definitely pick up computer skills by trial and error and I would class myself as an ‘ ok but could do better’ searcher … In terms of the cut and paste generation .. that is a tricky one .. I can see in one way it could apply but it does seem an almost ‘dismissive’ turn of phrase – not sure about that. I’m definitely not part of what I see as the ‘google generation’ though age wise ..
Which method in the graph above do you depend on most?
I guess I’m probably right in the middle of the graph age wise and I would pretty much use all of the methods mentioned, it depends on the task really.