posted on Apr, 16 2012 @ 10:20 AM
A great amount of my job is teaching people computers and Internet use.
It's not just an elderly or poor phenomenon. Perfectly capable and occasionally wealthy people in their twenties, thirties and forties approach me
with regularity looking for instruction and it blows my mind how ignorant so many can be.
What's worse is of that 80% who do use the Internet how shallow and empty their use is. Just because you check your Facebook everyday does not mean
you have real Internet literacy.
It's be like somebody claiming they are a "New Yorker" because they know how to hop a train and get drunk on a Saturday night.
I've gone into detail in a thread years back about how "ease of use" is creating ignorance. Once you had to know things, understand things and really
work things to get what you wanted out of computers and the Internet. All of that is gone.
I see a generation that will flip the norm. Where the young once were able to grasp what the old could not we will have an aging population who will
still need to hold the hands of the young when their "ease of use" equipment fails.
I see it everyday.
Last week I had to console a sobbing 15 year old who thought that because Windows Media Player played music by default that every one of his iTunes
purchases were lost forever in the abyss.
There's no reason for a young adult of that age to not understand what happened. He shouldn't of even been allowed in front of a computer as ignorant
as that. And he seriously should not have been balling his eyes out crying on his cell phone to mommy in front of me. I wanted so much to slap him and
say "man up boy" but we all know what good that'll do.
Anyway, age isnt a gimmie. I've seen 80 year olds set up sophisticated networks and I've seen 21 year olds throw iPads across the room in frustration.
I almost prefer the 20% who are virgins to the others who think playing Farmville makes them uber 1337 haxxors.
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