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‘Google Generation’ is a myth January 24, 2008

Posted by lrobinson in libraries.
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New report shows ‘Google Generation’ affirms need for info lit and library advocacy. Report shows generation is almost more lacking in research and analytical skills. Immense choice and less time show a “viewing” rather than “reading” behavior.Scary.

  • All age groups revealed to share so-called ‘Google Generation’ traits
  • New study argues that libraries will have to adapt to the digital mindset
  • Young people seemingly lacking in information skills; strong message to the government and society at large

“A new study overturns the common assumption that the ‘Google Generation’ – youngsters born or brought up in the Internet age – is the most web-literate. The first ever virtual longitudinal study carried out by the CIBER research team at University College London claims that, although young people demonstrate an apparent ease and familiarity with computers, they rely heavily on search engines, view rather than read and do not possess the critical and analytical skills to assess the information that they find on the web.”

An quick interview with the report’s author on LibVibe – you can listen to the story here: http://libvibe.blogspot.com/2008/01/libvibe-24-january-2008.html

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