posted on Aug, 6 2017 @ 11:33 AM
a reply to: ChaoticOrder
We seem to be roughly the same age, I was born in 1982. I ended up experiencing both the low tech and high tech lifestyle my entire life. My parents
divorced when I was 1 or 2 years old, and had split custody.
3 days a week I lived with my dad and he embraced technology early. There was a Commodore 64 and a modem, then a 286 and an internet service
(Prodigy, if you remember them), and then all the other upgrades after that. By the time I was 3 years old I was already using the internet and
reading/writing on BBS. By the time I was 5 I was writing simple computer programs in BASIC. I really don't have any memories of my life from prior
to having access to this stuff.
The other 4 days a week I lived with my mom and she didn't have any of this stuff. No computer, no game system, not even a TV. If I needed to type
something for school we had a typewriter. It was that, books, and outside playground equipment.
So, I got to live both sides of it and can relate to both pretty equally.
One thing I've noticed is that kids today have really poor technical skills. We've made computers so easy to use (and that's not all a bad thing)
that most users don't understand the internal workings of them. There's no file paths to remember anymore, no system commands, no system
configuration, and so on. It's all point and click. Mobile devices are especially bad about this, people know about a documents folder and nothing
else. The general population, especially kids don't even understand local vs cloud storage anymore.
A large part of me feels like we're headed for a time where we're all reliant on these devices but very few actually understand them and that concerns
me a little. But, on the other hand I think about cars which aren't much different. We all use them but few actually understand how they work, or
can repair them, and we get along fine there.
The average technical knowledge is definitely declining once you get younger than the older millennials though.