So this morning I was listening to NPR and they did a long feature on the rise in cash-free spending (plastic, pay-apps etc). They sent a reporter. Aarti Shahani, to San Francisco State to quiz some students: Who’s on the one-dollar bill? The five? The ten?
The kids didn’t know. The reporter then says, “you could take this as proof that kids these days, in this mobile generation, never use cash. But you would be wrong.” She then goes to quote some surveys that show young people do use cash quite a bit.
The rest of the story was fine. But they left me hanging. If this isn’t proof that young people don’t use paper money, what is their ignorance proof of?
On the one hand, knowing who is on our money shouldn’t be a huge cultural priority. But it seems to me the reason knowing who is on our money shouldn’t be a huge cultural priority is that we should all know who is on our money! It’s like getting your name right on the SAT or knowing there are 50 states. I’m not impressed if you get it right, but if you get it wrong, ugh.