Is the Digital Generation a Myth?
Many use Facebook and MySpace because they are easy and fun, not because they are powerful (which, of course, they are not). And almost none know how to program or even code text with Hypertext Markup Language (HTML). Only a handful come to college with a sense of how the Internet fundamentally differs from the other major media platforms in daily life. link
This quote recently appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Written by University of Virginia Professor Siva Vaidhyanathan, his opinion is that while there are some early adapters and some late adapters, students are as inept at utilizing technology as students were 10 years ago. So, while Myspace, Facebook, text messaging may be king in your youth group for communicating it doesn’t mean that your students can help you develop a youth group website nor be expected to do complex tasks on your church or youth groups website. Question: What about your students? Are they more or less technologically savvy than 10 years ago?
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