The word war has been used several times by the media to talk about the coronavirus emergency and, more and more than once, these have repeated how theoretically young people were unable to bear this situation, having not known the difficulties and deprivations of a life of imprisonment, distance and fear.
But was it really so? According to the Cimiciurri agency in Milan, no.
Indeed, in their research that took young people aged 13 to 35 as a sample, 68% of them replied that they had experienced the restrictive measures in a positive way since the first week.
The answer to this situation, judged unexpected by the first statistics, is all in the generational divide. If it is true that for everyone there has been no physical contact with the other human being, the boys were born with technology. WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Skype, online games, video calls, voice messages have always been on the agenda for the boys and, in this period, they have simply become an extension of their daily lives. If the parents had to learn to live with technology in order not to miss the shortcomings, for the so-called digital natives this was not a problem.
Obviously, this positivity should not be judged as total. In fact, 59% of young people said they suffered from the absence of a holiday, a trip out of town or leisure weekends, 41% lacked pubs and restaurants and 38% of young people lack school. And, regarding this last point, it is undoubtedly to note how, this period of forced constriction within the home walls, has brought with it an inevitable technological growth. If companies have discovered the infinite possibilities of smart working, the same upheaval has not been lacking in the school environment.
In fact, young people have rediscovered not only the pleasure of being together, teaching and learning from their parents, but also the opportunity to study and grow professionally from home. Still according to the Cimiciurri survey, the children today feel very positive towards the technological and cultural growth that is accompanying these days of coronavirus, even if they have detected a serious lack of preparation on the part of the Italian academic environment.
In a survey conducted by InTribe well before the start of the quarantine, in fact, 90% of the boys had declared themselves dissatisfied with the so-called Italian smart schooling that appeared on the horizon. 62% of them did not feel prepared in the technology and information field and, about 32%, said they had relied on YouTube tutorials for their field training. To date, what seemed like a distant hypothesis has become a reality and the world has quickly started to change.
Among new e-learning platforms for academic use, video calls in Microsoft Teams and online exams, young people and school professionals have rolled up their sleeves and have entered the new world straight away. To date, the hope of many young people for the future is that this discovery will not remain relegated to this period, but will become a starting point for a new teaching that provides a more innovative and contemporary way of conceiving school and university.