Monthly Archives: April 2009

Your Digital Age

If you want to know how old you REALLY are, then consider the media you use instead of the generation you were born into! This idea is from Penelope Trunk (Brazen Careerist) & Margaret Weigel (who has done research on digital media engagement at Harvard & MIT): “”We should not judge people rigidly by the years they were born… if we want to define people by categories, it should be by behaviors because this is something each of us chooses.” 

Add up your points to figure out what generation you’re really a part of:

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)

0-1 point – Baby Boomer

2-6 points – Generation Jones

6- 12 points – Generation X

12 or over – Generation Y

While Penelope & Margaret created this test June 25, 2007, it is already dated. Further, what about Generation Z (otherwise classified as iGen, Gen @ and Generation Now)?