Why are some people -- often older people -- reluctant to try to keep up with new technology?
I’m 54 and I know a number of people my age and older who actively resist getting facebook accounts or engaging in social networking. They’ll use Google, but that’s about it.
There is also a reluctance to get on the bandwagon with new technology in other areas. There are parents who have no idea how to program the TV. More elderly people who are afraid to even touch a computer lest they break it. I could come up with more examples, but I hope this makes the point.
What do you think is going on here? Is it a function of age? Do you know young people who resist online social networking? Is it a fear of learning, or fear that they can’t learn? Is it just resistance to change? Is there some deeper trend going on here? Perhaps an issue of a way of life?
Whatever you think it is, please explain why and use more examples from your own experience if you have any.
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