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Steve Jones
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And by embracing the usage of technology, I should get the first reply in here...and I'm 48 (baby boomer)
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Well, thanks for bashing my generation, that was certainly called for..

I'm 28 so I'm one of those you just bashed a bit.

To contradict you, a lot of the older guys on the works I have been consulting at never want to listen and fully understand even the more simple things. They want help and they want others to do it for them, IT is to many older people just an annoyance and not a powerful tool that should be used. They do not want to spend time lerning it. My Little brother and little sister have a lot more patience with technology as well and they are not in the IT business.

So yea, sorry Steve but I think you are wrong. I think it's all personal and individual. Because from my point of view, it's all in reverse to what you've said. However, I've seen a lot of bad patience with young people as well.
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I agree with IceDread. Aged @ 28 I see lots of my generation people after completing education entering to the IT field. When computers are taken for banking and other industries I see the earlier generation are more hesitant to learn at that age. At least its a picture from my country.
Personally I also enjoy reading than contributing, but I see its again a personal character/the environment we were exposed to.
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I guess this makes people like me part of Generation W, or if you like, old farts, fossils, whatever. We were there before there were any PC's on desktops, and I still chuckle to think that the first computer I worked on in business filled an entire room and yet had less power than one of today's gaming consoles.

But I do take exception to the statement; "I'd like to think my generation is more interested and excited by technology than older or younger ones."

I certainly would not agree with "excited by technology". I would say "blinded by technology". Consider; we now know that each year cell phones are responsible for thousands of traffic accidents (1,200 in California alone in one year), some of them fatal. But each and every day I see younger people still texting and talking away - about what? - likely nothing, willing to "play" with their technology cause its "cool". Some of the younger folks who work for me come in all lathered up with their latest iPhone, Bluetooth, whatever, and when you ask "Why did you get that?" they have no real answer other than "its so cool". These youngsters always "need" the latest laptop, the latest Blackberry, the latest anything in technology, and yet they have no clue why they need the latest - at least none they can verbalize.

Technology is great thing, my generation learned that by making it work for us. Today, technology seems often more like crack cocaine to the younger folks. They get hooked, and they use and use, and never ask why they are doing what they are doing. All they seem to know is that they cant live without it - and I don't see that as any kind of good thing.

There's no such thing as dumb questions, only poorly thought-out answers...
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I don't know. I see far too many statistical analyses of various groups of people, and I just don't see the use of them in the vast majority of cases.

Does it take a study to know that people born since the advent of the personal computer are more likely to have had more exposure to technology and to thus be potentially more comfortable with it? Of course not. Do I know a huge number of people of all living generations who have a non-generationally-dependent spectrum of skill and interest in the subject? Of course. I know septuagenarians who are technically proficient and I know teens who aren't, and vice versa.

I tend to shrug at this kind of stuff and just keep in mind that over 90% of convicted murderers in the US were fed mashed potatoes as children.

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I think there is an important detail not considered.
With age comes wisdom (I hope), and I think as you get older you are more likely to have knowledge to impart on others. It's a basic knowledge cycle really.
I admit I'm not one to participate in answering questions often on communities, and more likely to be the one asking questions, but this isn't due to an attention span, or excitement about technology. It's due to the fact that I'm still learning and growing. As I become more experienced I hope to be able to help others as well by passing on what I have learned.
Also I think there is a difference on what work Gen Xs are doing compared to Gen Ys. I'm not sure how Gen Xs have the time to response so quickly to questions. By the time I get to reading a post, there are already experienced people who have responded.
For the record (if it really matters), I'm a Gen Y, at least on the cusp of it anyway according to the wiki posts.
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Not entirely sure I agree with generalisations being made. That is like saying. Every man is a potential rapist.

Sterotyping by generation is still making judgements about groups of people. I am 38 and I can say that in my experiences with younger people, they are more technology focused and tech savvy but it is more down to image rather than functionality. The latest gadget is more likely to be bought by that age range than older generations in my opinion. younger generations tend to be more interested in social networking, usual supects such as bebo and facebook. As you get older your complete perspective on IT/technology in general changes as yourn requirements and interests change.

Each generation is different and rightly so. Each has a part to play in how technology affects everyone.

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I'm a boomer (57) . My mother (90) makes use of some technology. Her baby sister (76) teaches her new things. In part, I think people embrace the technologies that personally appeal to them -- regardless of age. While there may be differences between generations as in aggregate, the individual differences (even within a generation) are significant enough that I doubt that "defining" a generation is very useful.
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The problems that I see with generalizations is that they tend to conform to the opinions and prejudices of the author, and are rarely backed up by meaningful data.

Even if the statements about attention span are true, perhaps that could be explained as something true of most young people at that point in their lives. That was probably a true about me at that point in my life.


Remember that 47.68% of all statistics are complete fabrications.
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