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February 11, 2004

As Satchel Paige Once Said...

"Don't look back -- something might be gaining on you."

Had a fun class with my EDTEC 296 kids. We were discussing Tapscott's Growing Up Digital and Prensky's Twitchspeed stuff. The question in the air was, are you really different from your parents' generation?

And of course, they are. But the funny thing was that these 18 and 19 year olds are already looking over their shoulders at their 10 - 15 year old siblings. THEY'RE the ones that are really different, they tell me. This even younger generation would rather IM than meet face to face. They'd rather be online than play outside. One 15 year old even breaks up with his girl friends over IM. In lots of ways, these college freshmen are feeling outgeeked by kids only a few years younger. Are the generations getting even shorter?