At this technological time that we live in, where even those over 40’s, digital immigrants, have decided to migrate to the cloud in an exponential manner, how could we leave out that children and adolescents around us accept the cloud storage as the most natural choice in tech future?
We are talking about generations “Y” and “Z”, the digital natives, those who are born not with a silver spoon in their mouth but with a tablet, those who are able to assume, as standard, the benefits that cloud storage brings them.
Ubiquity, collaboration, space availability from any device and at any time” are some of the terms that the “network society” kids use to define the cloud storage.
“Games, music, photos, movies, knowledge, doubts and friends” are what they share, because they see the cloud as a place to share creativity and fresh ideas and also a place where learning develop in areas of interest without any limit, no language or space frontiers.
Accenture, the famous firm, summarize by this video our children’s standpoint of cloud computing.
But let’s take a deeper look at our kids and compare the last two generations, the digitals Homo sapiens.
How do we define Gene “Y”?: No borders, no distances, no schedules, adaptables to change, impatients, agiles, flexibles, independents, with a different concept of authority, ambitious, complainants, always interconnected, always availables, reluctants to conventional education, with a bigger and a better level of education received, culturally and technologically connected in a global world which helps them being more understanding, tolerant and open-minded.
And what is about the Generation “Z”?: Those born under the gene “Z” are called the silent generation, iGen and net generation. They are accustomed to social interactions through virtual media, leaving aside real social interactions. They are so impatient and they ask for immediacy all time. They are able to create communities under any topic and contribute to them through the Internet without personally knowing anyone. They have problems to speak in public and for them, privacy issues are quite controversial. They have fully structured their lives by activities, so, some social scientists argue that members of this generation “Z” are the champions of ethic and social work and much more individualistic and asocial than previous generations.
In line with these data, we extract a couple of paragraphs of the article: Digital Natives and the Campus of the Future written by David Broz for GenslerOnCities.
“…Such paradigm shifts are redefining higher education. Students are networked to the cloud, expect to learn anytime and anywhere, and are looking for space as flexible as the apps on their iPhone. They know the power of a campus in a digital world and are looking for spaces that are memorable despite the fact that they are part of more on-line communities than face-to-face networks.”
“…Ubiquitous Technology. Technology is everywhere, make great spaces that don’t feel tech heavy and provide learning opportunities that take advantage of the cloud environment we live in…”
We can conclude by saying that the world of cloud storage has its greatest ambassadors, their natural allies among millennials and iGens although generation “X”, the generation afterpop, is improving itself not to stay behind.