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29 Mar

I recently had been tasked with finding cool giveaway items for 10th graders which at first I thought would be a simple task and then I can to realize how out of touch I am with the “youths” (a term that people used to refer to me as).  I sat with my co-workers for over an hour trying to come up with things that sophomores in high school would receive to entice them to participate in a study.

While thinking back on all the cool stuff that happened while I was a sophomore, I could really think of nothing.  I had a cell phone but it could barely access the internet and what it could do was limited to seeing how many minutes I had used, texts I had sent and browsing the provider’s website.

What do kinds do these days?  I enjoyed sports and playing cards but both of those were shot down quickly because of the smart phone.  There are endless apps available for both of those things.  Then we moved on to ideas that would relate to cars, but then as I thought about it, I couldn’t drive as a sophomore and most kids at that age can’t afford a car anyway.

The other issue is that I work with mostly hipsters, college students and academics.  It is hard to think outside of our world, I know I have seen the fad of high white socks on kids but that idea was shot down because someone else suggested that kids would not wear them but if they had a funky argile pattern that might be more likely….

…..basically I am back to square 1, flashdrives and cool stickers.  I did learn something about myself though, while I feel like I might be able to speak for the masses at most times, this was not one of them and I need to read up more on what “the kids these days are doing.”


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