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Tech generation
作者:21ST    来源:21英语网    日期: 2012-12-17

外研版高三年级:Tech generation

关键词:High-tech living

话题归类:科普知识与现代技术Popular science and modern technology

 

充满酷辣感觉的"Y一代"人正在改变世界。


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GENERATION Next is usually a powerful unknown.

Sometimes called Generation Y, sometimes called the Millennials (千禧代), this group of 16- to 25-year-olds live in a world of high-tech advances, increasing racial diversity (种族多样化) and economic growth. And it is a generation expected to affect major social change.

"This is us," said Katie Stroud, 16, from South Carolina, US. "This is how we are. Take it or leave it."

The problem is, they're proving hard to define (定义).

"This group is unique," said Ken Shin, a sociology (社会学) professor at the University of South Carolina. "They have different values. They're more informed. They're more tolerant (宽容的)."

Generation Y is expected to do great things — to move beyond thought to action.

"As a generation, they are the strongest and most intelligent," said Joyce Fields, a professor at Columbia College in South Carolina.

Generation Y has grown up in a digital, instant-messaging (短信交流) age. DVDs, iPods and cellphones are just part of everyday life for this Internet-surfing generation.

"I feel that we're very smart," said Shawn Rumph, 18, of Columbia, S. C. "Look at all the technology we have to help us learn."

Since they have grown up in good times, for Generation Y, success and wealth are almost certain. Their attitude, therefore, shows that they're optimistic and materialistic (物质的), Fields said.

Richard Perry, an 18-year-old University of South Carolina student, agrees that Generation Y is materialistic. "Everybody is into new stuff," he said.

To marketers selling soda, music, clothes and computers, members of Generation Y look like human dollar signs.

With a "buy now, pay later" mentality (思维模式), this group is assaulted with Web ads and TV commercials aimed at getting them to part with their and their parents' money.

Despite the insistence on having modern-day conveniences, in many ways Generation Y is traditional, experts say. Getting an education and having a family are important.

Besides, some Generation Y members say they are comfortable with racial diversity (种族多样性) and expect discrimination (歧视) to disappear.

Elizabeth Pope, 16, of South Carolina, said Generation Y probably will elect the first female or minority-race president.

In any case, Fields is confident in Generation Y. "I think we're in good hands."




关键词:外研版高三年级 High-tech Living 科普知识与现代技术Popular science and modern technology



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