For as long as there have been different generations, there has been a certain disconnect between younger and elder. Both are convinced they have it better and always have. Both are convinced that they have all the answers, if only they would be listened to. Most importantly both crave the one thing they are all loathe to give: respect. There is no other place where this is more evident than in the divide between the ages when it comes to technology. Sure, the younger folks have the benefit of living in a world where all of these gadgets do everything for them, and that’s great. But what you have to offer is arguably more important and the way in which you came by your knowledge is something they will want to pay attention to.
Anyone as young as thirty five can easily remember a time when long division was done by hand not because their instructors wanted to see the work (though that was part of it) but because calculators were not commonplace in the classroom. Today they are a forgotten app on cell phones and on smart watches. You can sit down with two numbers, a pen and paper and your mind and come up with the answer to a division problem. Why? Because you were taught to do it with a hands-on approach that fostered in you a new way of thinking. Today, there is a strong reliance on computers and cell phones and the calculator apps on these devices and they get more of a workout than the brains of those in school. That said, these young folks exercise their minds in other ways. They use apps to learn new things and use the Internet to take classes and expand their mind. Why? Because they were taught to enrich themselves by utilizing the technology at their fingertips. But so did you. The only difference is you used a keyboard and they use a touch screen.
When it comes down to it, there is one fact that we can all agree on: no one wants to feel left behind when it comes to the latest in technology. The younger generations understand the gizmos and catch on quicker because it is what they know, it was how they were raised. You were raised to try and experiment and figure things out. Is one approach better than the other? No. They are both valid and can work well in most any situation.
The secret is to be respectful, be open and remember that, to them, this is old hat; technology is something that even a child can figure out.
Maybe…but can they do long division?
By Bob Skrezyna for the 50 Plus Report