Okay … so the test is giving yourself points based on media habits or inclinations to see which generation you are most like regarding tech. I’ll let you know which generation I’m apparently a part of in just a moment … but first … Here’s the test:
Do you have your own web page? (1 point)
Have you made a web page for someone else? (2 points)
Do you IM your friends? (1 point)
Do you text your friends? (2 points)
Do you watch videos on YouTube? (1 point)
Do you remix video files from the Internet? (2 points)
Have you paid for and downloaded music from the Internet? (1 point)
Do you know where to download free (illegal) music from the Internet? (2 points)
Do you blog for professional reasons? (1 point)
Do you blog as a way to keep an online diary? (2 points)
Have you visited MySpace at least five times? (1 point)
Do you communicate with friends on Facebook? (2 points)
Do you use email to communicate with your parents? (1 point)
Did you text to communicate with your parents? (2 points)
Do you take photos with your phone? (1 point)
Do you share your photos from your phone with your friends? (2 points)
Your total points falling into these broad categories:
0-1 point – Baby Boomer
2-6 points – Generation Jones
6- 12 points – Generation X
12 or over – Generation Y
Turns out that I’m actually a Jones-er by birth date (some might argue that I’m really an X’er … whatever). Yet it turns out that I’m a Generation Y kinda guy when it comes to my media age (coming in at 13 points).
It’s also interesting to read some of the comments on Penelope Trunk’s post (some friendly and others not-so friendly toward this little, unscientific quiz). And we would do well to read more of Penelope’s posts.
So, I’m left with a big “so what?” kind of feeling about this. The things I’ve observed from the kids I work with (and raise) is that although I like to think I’m comfortable in the current stream of tech and feel comfortable playing in this arena, I and they process information differently … we tend to learn in different ways.
Sure, there are commonalities … yet there are some really big differences in how I and the young-uns grapple with perceptions and experiences and their meanings.
And I’m also working to figure out how all this affects my work in the instructional design field.