The Millennial Mindset

Bob and I have always admitted that this whole blogging thing does not come naturally to us. So we’re grateful for anything that helps us stay even vaguely au courant.

Which is why the Beloit Mindset List is so valuable. Each year, Beloit College in Wisconsin publishes a list of things their entering freshmen have always known. Here are just a few. Today’s entering freshmen, most of them born in 1991, have these things in common:

Everyone has always known what the evening news was before the Evening News came on.

Salsa has always outsold ketchup.

They have never used a card catalog to look up a book.

Women have always outnumbered men in college.

Babies have always had a Social Security number.

The European Union has always existed.

They have always been able to read books on an electronic screen.

We have always watched wars, coups, and police arrests unfold on television in real time.
Disney’s Fantasia has always been available on video, and It’s a Wonderful Life has always been on Moscow television.

And my personal favorite: Britney Spears has always been heard on classic rock stations.