Text messaging is the primary means of communications for teenagers, researchers say.

Text messaging is the primary means of communications for teenagers, researchers say.

For students entering college this fall, eMail is too slow, phones have never had cords, and the computers they played with as kids are now in museums.

The Class of 2014 thinks of Clint Eastwood more as a sensitive director than as Dirty Harry urging punks to “go ahead, make my day.” Few incoming freshmen know how to write in cursive or have ever worn a wristwatch.

These are among the 75 items on this year’s Beloit College Mindset List. The compilation, released Aug. 17, is assembled each year by two officials at this private school of about 1,400 students in Beloit, Wis.

Student respondents said that eMail has become antiquated with the rise of text messaging among teens and young adults. And nationwide research says college freshmen aren’t the only ones who group eMail with snail mail.

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