What's your sense of the generation gap these days?
It’s interesting being on a site with so many people who are 30 years younger than I am. I rarely feel like I’m older. I generally feel like everyone here is a peer. Sometimes I forget there are younger people who might not have the experience I have. I am reminded occasionally on relationship questions when someone points out that someone else is only 18, and without experience, may not be qualified to answer.
But it seems like the world thinks we’re so different. Youth knows how to use computers and the internet and MySpace. They are willing to put their lives in public view, and have no qualms doing it.
Age has trouble with new technology, and certainly doesn’t know what “MyFace” is (I swear, that’s what an elderly friend of mine called it). Even if we do, we are more cautious.
I want to ask a couple of perspectives. First, from your personal perspective, what is your experience of differences between the various ages in our country and in virtual space. Second, more globally, what kind of generalizations do you think are true about the generation gap these days?
This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.