If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times: “Younger generations are visually-oriented, not text-oriented.” That’s why we have to have flashing power point slide shows in our worship services. That’s why we need to dumb down our sermons. (‘Cause the kids, they can’t understand all those big words… they need to be entertained.)
But, is this true? My daughter learned to type her name in a keyboard when she was two, way before she could write it. She loves television, but she loves books much more.
Look at the advent of the blog. Look at how much email we write, and text messages. Did former generations write that many letters? I don’t think they did.
I actually worry about those who are not as verbal in our society. I wonder if they struggle socially and professionally in a world that’s so text based.
Now, I will say, when I see an ad, I’m not reading fine print. On church websites, I don’t take in a dense ten-page history.
But, for the most part, I’m not sure that the whole text-to-image shift is true. I mean, I quit watching TV years ago. And people in their twenties generally don’t watch it as much as their parents did.
What do you think? Is this just me being a snob? Or, have we misdiagnosed the cultural shift? Or, is it that we appreciate both–the image and the text?
the photo’s by J.Salmoral