Mindset List For The Class Of 2016

Let me highlight a few of the things from this annual list by Beloit College. It’s put together to help highlight the mindset of incoming college freshman. Generally, in healthcare, these are the healthy people that don’t get much focus, but increasingly, it will be important to understand them for preventative services, caregiver engagement, and exchanges. (Note: numbering below reflects original numbers from the list)

Ultimately, this will change the way we support and provide healthcare information.

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

4. Michael Jackson’s family, not the Kennedys, constitutes “American Royalty.”

7. Robert De Niro is thought of as Greg Focker’s long-suffering father-in-law, not as Vito Corleone or Jimmy Conway.

8. Bill Clinton is a senior statesman of whose presidency they have little knowledge.

9. They have never seen an airplane “ticket.”

14. There has always been football in Jacksonville but never in Los Angeles.

15. While still fans of music on radio, they often listen to it on their laptops or replace it with music downloaded onto their MP3s and IPods.

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

23. Women have always piloted war planes and space shuttles.

27. Outdated icons with images of floppy discs for “save,” a telephone for “phone,” and a snail mail envelope for “mail” have oddly decorated their tablets and smart phone screens.

28. Star Wars has always been just a film, not a defense strategy.

32. Newt Gingrich has always been a key figure in politics, trying to change the way America thinks about everything.

34. Billy Graham is as familiar to them as Otto Graham was to their parents.

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

47. Before they purchase an assigned textbook, they will investigate whether it is available for rent or purchase as an e-book.

49. There has always been a World Trade Organization.

67. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has always been officially recognized with clinical guidelines.

68. They watch television everywhere but on a television.

74. Genomes of living things have always been sequenced.

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