posted on Aug, 9 2012 @ 05:28 PM
I ran an IT department for many years. In fact, I was there before we had computers, bought the first one, an Apple ][, automated the company with a
mini-computer, and introduced a computer system to several hundred people. I retired with over 500 computers in the system. I was known as a computer
guru in my field; it was just that I got there first and taught myself.
When we first did this, in 1984, many of the employees had never seen a keyboard. My sense is that age has little to do with computer aptitude.
* One lady had to have been near 80 years old. No real reason to work, she just loved the interaction with the customers. She took to the computer
like a fish to water. She was so excited to be learning this new stuff. Every time I encountered her (She worked at a branch office) I came away
* One middle-aged man, about 40, attacked the keyboard with a vengance. He would WHACK the keys so hard the whole keyboard would shake. This guy was
fluent in German, Greek, and Latin, had a Masters in Classics. But when it came to computers he was slow, obtuse, and really had no idea what he was
* One young woman, about 24, could not learn to use a portable computer to save her life. Every day we had to re-teach her how to download the records
(It was an inventory computer). It wasn't that she had attitude; she was very pleasant. It's just that when it came to computers, her IQ was about
* My daughter, who is 41, simply cannot learn how to use a digital camera. The one I bought her has, I think, never been used. I really can't stand
to be a passenger in a car she drives because she scares me so badly.
Now obviously I am well over 60, but my entire career was spent working with technology and teaching it to others. In my experience, age has little to
do with it. As the examples show above, there are very old people who are tech whizzes, and young people who are complete dolts.
You don't see that from your perspective because you have only your "kid to parent" experience to draw upon. I'm not saying you don't have these
experiences. You surely do! But perhaps you shuld refrain from generalizing.