posted on May, 11 2008 @ 07:57 PM
It might be because when you get old, some technology you do not wish to learn or you are reluctant to. This may having nothing to do with the
capacity to learn, for I have found this in my own abilities.
For example, I can use a computer really well, and operate CNC machinery at my workplace and generate complicated 3D graphic files using CAD systems
learning all the pull down menus, macros, and settings for various pieces of software, but for the life of me:
I absolutely cannot operate a cell phone that does anything more than what a normal phone could do 20 years ago.
If you asked me to get into the menus on a cell phone and adjust the settings and such, I would be lost. The reason is this; I despise the
commercial aspects of cell phone technology that took a useful communications device and made it into something that is highly versatile in extracting
money from users for no reason at all other than they are gullible.
Texting, for example, is one of those reasons. I stay away from cell phones because I don't want any part of all the other nonsensical aspects of
its use, therefore (even though I may be capable of learning more about them) I refuse to do so and people would think I am technologically illiterate
when using one because I don't buy into the way the technology is being used.
Remote controls are like this as well for me. It's not that I cannot understand them, its that after a point of expected functionality I have no
other use for one. I want one that turns a TV or box on/off, change channels, volume, mute. Too much more than that offends me because I feel like
it is taking away too much control from me and making me dependent and lazy.
Also, older people understand how dramatic and quickly things have change this last 100 years better than the youthful generation. When you see
things change so often you tend to not want to commit to learning it because you know it will be obsolete in 10 years and you wont even need it.
I once wanted to learn linear video editing before I knew what non-linear editing was because we had no digital cameras and everything was recorded
onto tape. Now that video can be all stored on hardrives and such, there would have been no reason to learn how to use an editing controller and two
VTR's running through a production switcher and sound control board.
The older generation sees all these type things and gives up, probably.
[edit on 11-5-2008 by ben91069]