Youth, Boomers and the Future of Technology

For kids and young adults 20 and under, the internet has always been a way of life. Computers, gaming, programming and the use of social media just seem to come naturally to this age group, as if by osmosis. My 17 year old is a consummate gamer spending upwards of 7-10 hours a day glued to his screen. The rest of his day consists of checking his iPhone, eating and sleeping. Yet, if I’m watching a movie in the family room where he has his computer, Karl has the amazing ability to multitask, to carry on a conversation about plot, character development and other film trivia, all the while blowing up virtual aliens in technicolor. For boomers like myself, who started with learning the basics of email maybe 10 years ago, it takes a little longer to get up to speed on the latest technology. According to futurist, Michael Rodgers, we boomers are late adopters of technology. That doesn’t mean we’ll get left behind. We’ll just take a little longer to get on board the “technotrain”. And what a future it may be. Rodgers makes some interesting observations about all of us, young, boomer and aging seniors, and how we’ll make the best use of technology in the future:

 

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About M. Behrend

As a kid growing up in the sixties I had an overactive imagination. As an adult I realized that sometimes the truth can be more amazing than fiction. Everybody has at least one good story to tell.

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