Some of it is about modalities. The larger thing to me is an often inadequate education about the underlying principles. They learn tik tok in five minutes because all the file structures and operational complexities are hidden behind the UI. Which begs the question: who repairs the machine when there’s no one left who remembers how or why it was built in the first place?
While they do learn how to use the computers (Chromebooks) they all have, and are obsessed with typing games, the number who know that files exist (rather than sandboxed use in any given app) or even how to use shortcuts is dire.
Few seem to know how URLs work (not technically). They just type it into the search box.
I’ve spent entire lessons instead of teaching what I was supposed to be teaching, teaching them computing basics.
That said, they can pick it up very quickly. And of course they all know how to use proxies*; some things never change.
*I even caught one teenage boy looking at some saucy pictures during a lesson this last week. He got a good finger wagging.
This has been going on for some time - in fact I remember a few years ago sitting next to a table of twenty-somethings at a restaurant, each on their iPhones, and they were TEXTING one another rather than talking - so bizarre - but my daughter explained it was common and you could have a multi-party conversation more quickly - geez…
I’m not gen Z, but I do not take phone calls. My children could be playing nicely for hours, but the minute I pick up the phone, chaos reigns. Someone needs a snack right now and someone else has lost an arm or something and someone else launches into song. Just text me, please. I mean, it’s getting better as they get older, but it’s never a good time to call. I’m busy. And I feel like this meeting could have been an email.
My secretary of 20 years feels the same way. She is not a gen Z’er either but she has embraced email wholeheartedly. So much so, that I have to go our of my way to ask her to make certain arrangements personally by phone for those clients who I know ignore their email, otherwise, the email goes out automatically. To be honest, there have been times when I could not get a return call from a client or witness but as soon as we send a text or email, we hear back. So, I guess it depends on what is the more efficacious way to communicate with someone.
I fully understand this! I thoroughly dislike having to make phone calls, much prefer if I can sort out things by email, where people can answer at their convenience. That said I can see of course that sounds things are just more efficiently coordinated over the phone.