The thing is, I read the list and it just didn't resonate with me. I know, I know, I'm hardly a member of this group turning 18 this year (in a quirky and unfair set of twists and turns, I'm actually celebrating the 20th anniversary of my 18th birthday in 2010.) But honestly, the list that claims:
"It provides a look at the cultural touchstones that shape the lives of students entering college this fall."
Should, you know, maybe dig a bit deeper than:
12. Clint Eastwood is better known as a sensitive director than as Dirty Harry.
Honestly, how many 18 year olds know who Clint Eastwood is anyway? And if they do, they're probably familiar with Dirty Harry.
Somebody should lose their job on the Mindset List team over this one:
27. Computers have never lacked a CD-ROM disk drive.
Seeing as how for today's teens many computers do NOT have a CD drive--they're netbooks. The computers that do have drives have DVD-ROM drives. Duh.
And this one is just baloney:
28. They’ve never recognized that pointing to their wrists was a request for the time of day.
They're 18. Not idiots.
So, instead of pulling apart the existing Mindset list, I decided to go with my own.
An Improved Mindset List for the Class of 2014
These are kids who were born in 1992, just like Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Nick Jonas AND Taylor Lautner. These are kids who were born the year Isaac Asimov died (sigh.)
1. Charles and Diana were always split up
2. They were too little to notice Sinead O'Connor ripping up the pope's picture on Saturday Night Live
3. Brett Favre has always been a geezer football player, since he made his NFL debut for the Packers in September
4. In a seemingly unrelated turn of events, the Bosnian War started and the European Union came into existence the year the class of 2014 was born
5. They were in pre-school when the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke
6. If you invite members of the Class of 2014 to view vacation photos, they'll cluster around your computer or launch Facebook on their iPads or phones
7. To view home movies, they'll go to your computer or You Tube
8. They don't know where they were when the Challenger exploded, or JFK was shot, or Hiroshima was bombed
9. They were 9 when 9/11 happened. A few days into fourth grade.
10. They didn't lose their jobs or any money in the tech bust of the late 1990s and early 2000s
11. They will never accidentally lose track of old friends amidst the chaos of moving into and out of dorms or apartments every year 
12. It is more of an upheaval to change their (primary) email address than their (cell) phone number, because changing an email address means major updates to facebook, twitter, itunes...
13. Skinny jeans seem like a cute new fashion trend
14. Acid wash jeans have never been in style
15. They are expert information hunters, accustomed to looking at a page of google results and quickly honing in or refining their search terms effortlessly. 
16. They trust, but verify, by googling that actor's height or the lyrics to a song.
17. iPods came out when they were nine. These kids have never needed a CD rack.
18. They expect laptops to weigh less than 5 pounds and have no issues reading a ten inch screen. They've been browsing on their phone for ages.
19. They know more about how technology works than their parents, but they have no idea how much they know.
20. Members Only jackets are only in retro movies
21. Brittany Spears is kinda old
22. Tom Cruise is really old
23. Third row seats in cars have pretty much always been around, and they all face forward.
24. They don't know what a station wagon is
25. Air Jordans are not cool shoes
26. Flip flops were never thongs
27. They have always been able to adjust the caffeine level and type of milk in their coffee
28. There have always been pink, yellow, and blue fake sugars
29. They don't know that the pink ones caused cancer in lab rats, but they don't care because they use yellow.
30. U2 is a bunch of really old guys who play somewhat interesting music
 I find this amazing, since I lost track of dozens of friends from when we lived overseas in high school. I found them again on facebook.
 This to me is the biggest defining feature of this "digital generation." They know how to search, refine searching, scan results, find likely matches, make connections, better than us geezers, even us digital geezers.