PowerPoint is simply a practical tool for most adults, especially ones working in corporate. For presentation designers, PowerPoint is both a loved and hated design program. But what about young people? How do they feel about using PowerPoint?
Our (Millenial) content writer, Gloria, gives her two cents about the uses of PowerPoint today.
PowerPoint gets a bad rep, which I think is generally unfair. Our hatred of PowerPoint may come from sitting in too many boring lectures, business meetings, and the like. But from the perspective of someone who went to primary school and learnt how to use PowerPoint, this program incites no negative feelings from me. It serves a function and is easy to use. And I learnt that very, very early on that the reason why my presentations weren’t that great was that my designs and animations weren’t great. Computer lessons in primary school often involved playing with PowerPoint and animating words or pictures. In high school, it was initially my presentation crutch, allowing me to summarise key speaking points.
When I think presentations, I think of PowerPoint.
Maybe if Prezi or Keynote had gotten to me first, I might feel differently. But when it comes to presentation software, Microsoft made PowerPoint accessible and easy to use. Easy and simple enough for a six-year-old! And that’s not to say that the program is basic but to suggest that it’s intuitively designed.
Just like most Millenials who grew up with technology, we take it for granted. Our relationship with our screens is different from the generations before us. And it’s interesting to note that many people who have things to say about PowerPoint are often much older. Think of death by PowerPoint, people who want to ban PowerPoint in university, and Jeff Bezos banning PowerPoint in Amazon business meetings. Not a single young person weighing in on PowerPoint. Simply because…
WE DON’T CARE!
If I’m bad at video games, I don’t blame my Playstation. If I created a bad data visualisation, I don’t blame Excel. Why is that when people give bad presentations, they blame PowerPoint? It doesn’t make any sense.
In university, we had to give feedback to our lecturers at the end of the semester. If I had a complaint, it would be about lecturers reading off the presentation slide. In discussion with classmates, I noticed it was a common occurrence. We hated it when lecturers read off the slide instead of teaching. Our qualms were never about PowerPoint or whatever presentation program. It was about how our teachers chose to use this technology, not the technology itself.
Again, for young people, our relationship to screens is not the same as previous generations. We grew up with PowerPoint presentations in school. We have no issues with the program – just with how people choose to give presentations.