Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Losing Our Technological Edge

As a Gen Xer entering the workforce twenty years ago, we were told that we were special because we had "that technology thing" down.  I don't know about the rest of you, but I've tried to keep up.  And I thought I was doing a good job.  Our twentieth high school reunion, after all, was advertised and documented on Facebook.  When I started working with Millennials a few years ago, I realized that the technological edge was definitely with them.  I'm not too proud to learn everything I can from them, but I'm also not conceited enough to think I'll ever come close to matching them.  So you can imagine my utter shock (and serious ego bruising) today when I asked my seventy-year old mother if she knew how to find something specific she had mentioned and she nonchalantly responded "can't you just Google it?"  Okay, now I am very proud that she knows what Google is and how to use it, but if she knows that (and yes she has a Facebook page although she rarely updates it), it means my generation has not only lost the edge to the new generation, but the older generations are catching up to us as well!  I don't know about you, but this is definitely something I need to ponder.

What is your favorite example of multi-generational technology use?