By Mike Gustin, Greg Klein, and Shana Rosenberg
We have addressed what Tapscott has said about the N-Generation, those kids born between 1977-1997 who are computer and internet saavy. We have also seen that other researchers have found many of the same things of these children: they are independent, full of ideas, technologically saavy, self-reliant, have high self-esteem, and many other wonderfully positive traits. Our own data shows that computers are pervasive among this generation and that computers are used for a wide range of tasks.
It still troubles us, however, that Tapscott in his enthusiam for computerization and the positive effects it has on society, has glossed over many of the negative and possibly negative aspects of this computerization. Our own data shows that gender differences are much more prevalent than Tapscott seems willing to admit. It also seems strange that he so easily attributes cause to the computerization for the positive traits of the generation in question. Many other societal aspects could be at play in making these kids the way they are, not just computers being in their lives.
What is exciting, though, is that these kids are a bright, enthusiastic group of children who are concerned about the environment. Also it is good that they seem to have new, more efficient and meaningful ways of doing things already in their set of skills. Many things need to be changed about society in order for there to be better education, careers, and a positive movement toward solving social ills. These kids seem to be right on target in being a transforming force in the near future.
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