Elon University conducted a study in which over 1,000 technology stockholders were given a survey and asked to discuss the future of "the hyperconnected" generation.  The results of the survey rendered a roughly 50 percent positive outlook to a 50 percent negative outlook.  

There are a number of potential positive effects in store for the "AO" generation.  The first positive to the future is that all of the social networking and online experience is just getting them ready for the direction that the work force is going in.  The ability to multitask is becoming an asset in the job market and young people are learning how to do that well when they chat with a friend on one page, listen to music and search an item on Google at the same time. 

There are a couple main arguments for those stockholders who felt the future would yield negative results.  The first was that because this group of young people have been brought up with every resource they could ever want at their fingertips they will not be patient enough to use critical thinking in order to solve a problem.  The biggest fear that some are predicting is that young people are becoming so dependent on technology that if we were to ever lose it we as humans would become functionally useless because of that dependence.

I am very much on the fence with this topic and how it will affect education and the job market in the future.  I do believe that the way jobs and education are going it is becoming increasingly important to know how to use technology.  On the other hand we are losing skills that used to be second nature.  While young people are able to set up entire web pages that do not know about looking someone in the eyes when they speak to them.  In order for Generation Always on to be successful in the future they will have to use their skills in technology and meld them with the offline way of solving problems.
 





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    Kyle Wise

    I am 25 years old, in my 3rd season as an assistant baseball coach at the Junior College level and love guiding young adults as they chase down their dreams.

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