CCI Faculty Perspective: Gen Z and the Rise of Digital Cameras

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A Jan. 7 New York Times article called the 20-year-old digital camera the “hottest Gen Z gadget.” As Generation Z (those born between the mid-to-late 1990s and the early 2010s) opts for older point-and-shoot cameras in lieu of using readily available smartphone camera technology, the digital camera industry is experiencing a resurgence.

In recent articles for The Conversation and Scripps News, Drexel College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) Assistant Teaching Professor Tim Gorichanaz, PhD examines the reasons for this renewed interest in older cameras and how people seek to have meaningful experiences with technology.

A Drexel faculty member since 2018, Gorichanaz teaches primarily in the areas of design and human-centered computing. In his teaching and research, he is interested in working toward a future where people can be more attentive, present and wise with digital technology. His work sits at the intersection of sociotechnical design and moral philosophy. He holds a PhD in Information Studies from Drexel University, an MA in Spanish & Latin American Linguistic, Literary and Cultural Studies from New York University, a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a BA in Advertising and Spanish from Marquette University. Learn more about his research at

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