18 year-olds today grew up with search, and files and folders are foreign concepts
This article discusses a current generational shift in the way people interact with computers:
Adapting an example from the article: Where 30 years ago the professors wouldn't understand how students could use a computer without knowing how to solder their own boards, nowadays professors don't understand how students came this far without organizing files, and understanding "the file system" at all.
I'm sharing this here because I do wonder what that means long-term for Zettelkasten software
I have a couple anecdotes of friends and family that match. I bet some of you have heard similar stories.
- Some teens doing internships (mandatory in Germany during your school years) at a design firm weren't accustomed to power on a monitor and a computer and didn't know how to interact with them. Looking up YouTube tutorials worked well enough, but getting to the web browser is surprisingly hard for some.
- A friend is a professor at a University, teaching 3D animation and such things. Roughly half of his students didn't know how to power on a desktop computer, too. They also sometimes have trouble submitting their project files for review. Some can't locate the projects; some don't understand how email attachments work.
- Another friend noticed his students have trouble finding files they downloaded from the internet. The notion of a file being downloaded into the Downloads folder and staying there, waiting to be looked-up, is rather foreign.
- Ethan Schoonover, inventor of the Solarized themes, shared this article on Twitter, and he mentions how his 6th grade computer literacy class students are mind-blown when he teaches them basic command line interactions and manipulating files and folders:
Just because the young'uns know how to manipulate content on a touch device and how to navigate the latest social media platform successfully doesn't mean they automatically have general-purpose "computer literacy" (it's "Medienkompetenz"; lit. "media competency" or "media literacy" in German, an oft-abused political term). There may not be such a thing.
I recall @sfast had read a book or two by Manfred Spitzer who researches and writes about such things, but is stuck in the role of Kassandra -- nobody seems to take his results seriously or heeds his warnings.
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