Posted by: the_merchant on May 31, 2011
The world has changed more in the last few decades than ever before, and it continues to change faster still. For many, this pace is way too fast. If you’re reading this, chances are you don’t fall into this category. For many others though, things like videogames, social networking and the internet are a complete mystery.
For the current generation, who grew up in this time of rapid technological advances, the pace is just fine. In fact, many of us look forward to the next big technological advances. This is evidenced by the massive uptake of things like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. The older generation seems to have been left behind though, and thus their attitude towards technology is generally negative.
So why exactly has the older generation been left behind? Is it the rapid pace, or could it be a rejection of technology? While it is certainly some combination of these factors, it seems to be more of the latter. There have been many instances where members of this older generation have criticised things like Facebook, mobile phones, video games and even the internet. While these things do have some negative aspects, the older generation condemns and criticises what it does not understand. It is almost as though they are looking for reasons to be against these things; desperately clinging to any negative aspects and refusing to learn more about what they actually are. They seem to forget that “technology” does not exclusively consist of electronics.
There seems to be a misconception amongst this generation as to what “technology” actually is. A radio is technology. A hammer is technology. Heck, when man first discovered the wheel; that is technology too. Part of the problem with current advancements is that they’re very abstract. One cannot see the internet, for example. For those of us who have grown up with the internet, this isn’t really an issue. If it isn’t really an issue for us though, then why bother with this whole idea in the first place?
It is said that those who fail to remember history are doomed to repeat it. The scary thing is that this has happened before, and it will likely happen again. When things like radio and television first came out, what were the reactions of the older generations of the time? The older generation had similar reactions at the advent of the automobile.
We are the future older generation. So one day when our grandchildren want to go on holiday in space, or want biotic implants, will we be a more understanding older generation; or will we be left behind, continuing the cycle and be doomed to condemn that which we do not understand?
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