"Do teenagers understand the outdated tech in our icons?"

In Defense of the Floppy Disk

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Thu, Jul 23rd, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Albeit it is the belief that no one knows that the floppy disk icon means save, librarian Lis Pardi discovers in her survey — among other things — that students who had never seen one knew what it meant. Also, librarians don't actually sshhh! you.

No one knows that the floppy disk means save. At least, that’s what the campus librarian insisted when she reviewed the website I worked on for her university. I had done research on just this issue, proving college students could identify what the floppy disk meant, but it wasn’t enough. New students are always coming in, she said, much younger than the ones I polled. So I went back and surveyed 526 high schoolers to find out definitively: Do teenagers understand the outdated tech in our icons? The survey says yes. But beyond answering her question, I learned a lot of other interesting things from this exercise.

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