Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
From time to time, I speak about technology at an association event and hear an audience member say that technology is just harder for older people to learn. They don’t always use that exact wording, but the message is clear: The latest gadgets and apps are really aimed at young people.
To me, that isn’t just wrong, it’s a huge misconception. For one thing, I know for a fact that older people can become comfortable with technology (and even design or improve it). And for another, why should those of us who are over 40 let our kids and grandkids have all the fun?
The fact of the matter is that anyone can learn to use technology well, if only they have a real desire to master the fundamentals. Older people aren’t worse at technology; they’re sometimes just better at being stubborn.
If you fall into that category, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Learning technology is just a matter of time and effort. Using a smartphone, for example, is a little bit like riding a bike – cumbersome at first, but easier with practice. Eventually, using virtually any piece of technology becomes second nature with a little bit of practice and patience.
You can probably afford better technology than your younger friends or family members. One of the perks of getting older is that you tend to have a little more disposable income. That means, if you’re truly committed to getting the most from technology, you can probably afford something that’s sleek, stylish, and useful.
And, older people can often put technology to its best use. While the kids you know are using apps to tend to imaginary farms, you could use technology for scheduling events, paying bills, or researching a lifelong passion.
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