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College freshmen are most technology savvy class yet

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An Upstate student uses her iPhone. (File/FOX Carolina) An Upstate student uses her iPhone. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Beloit College in Wisconsin puts out an annual mindset list, and this year's list is all about the incoming class of 2016.

Its purpose is to compile a list of what makes this freshman class different from the last. It also reminds professors to stay away from dated references when teaching.

The class of 2016 is currently college freshman. The biggest gap between them and freshman 10 years ago is technology. For most, meeting their dorm roommate at orientation for the first time is old school.

"I met my freshman roommate through Facebook," said Sarah Hafey, a freshman.

Her response is a sure sign this year's freshman class was born in cyberspace, addicted to a new generation of electronic narcotics, according to the list.

Most students in this year's freshman class have never had to remember phone numbers since they are programmed into their smart phones. They've also never had to rely on maps because GPS has been there to guide them from point A to point B.

And what about books? A text book store near Furman called As The Page Turns, a reference the students may or may not be familiar with, said technology has changed the way students even shop for books.

"A lot of people come in using their phone to help them select the tools that they want. Some have taken pictures of the books they've seen in the grocery store or wherever," said Lisa Nichols, with As The Page Turns.

That's if they even buy a book rather than just use their Kindle or Nook.

Some of the "outdated" things students born in 1994 aren't familiar with include luggage without wheels, using maps because there was no TomTom, taking pictures on film, and using tapes instead of CDs and DVDs.

Additionally, during their 18 years of life, Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead. Michael Jackson and his family have been considered "American Royalty" more often than the Kennedys.

And Bill Clinton is simply the former president and husband of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, because they were about 3 or 4 years old in January 1998 when he infamously said, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."

But it's not all technology and historical references that sets this generation apart. Most of them don't remember tan M&Ms either - only the blue ones.

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