A story so horrific I am forcing you all to share my pain. I expressed disbelief, but teacher friends on Twitter confirmed it is indeed A Thing.

Students These Days don't understand directory structure, like literally the concept of files organized in folders, reports Monica Chin for Verge: theverge.com/22684730/students #computeing 🐘


@nev on the one hand i'm horrified, but on the other, i think this is hardly new. 90s kids will remember the horror of trying to help an older relative with a computer task and seeing a desktop congested with hundreds of disorganized files. i am not one to tell someone how to use their computer, but the understanding gap for me is like... even if you can search for things, the idea of putting different things in different buckets is still useful

@wolfteeth that's what I thought, like, it seems natural to me to put all my videos in one folder and my text files in another and so on. But on second thought it is already really easy to sort/filter by file type and there's no real reason you *have* to put different file types in different folders.

When it comes to apps and config files, that's where I think folders are really useful.

@nev oh yeah, and for files related to a specific project or something like that, folders are a good solution. i find them most useful for images tho, like i have personal photos and my art and other people's art and cool stuff i downloaded, and the searchability is close to zero

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