In a world surrounded by technology, those in the younger generations still think that older people (Boomers like us) don’t understand the technology and therefore we are not as “smart” as they are. Well, as I sit here this morning typing this post online at one of my favorite coffee shops with my iPhone 4 sitting close by, I can say (like most Boomers these days) “Technology doesn’t scare me!”
This said, there is a perception in the business world that older workers are the less capable when it comes to technology. This perception is one that is difficult to overcome, since it is perpetuated by Madison Avenue throughout all advertising medium. I even heard a former Vice-President of the United States tell a crowd of school children that they were going to have to teach their parents things that the simply don’t understand.
I think its time we older workers (and business owners) stand up for ourselves and let the world know that we are quite capable to keep up in this fast paced technological world. Time to text a little more, time to blog a little more, time to use cloud based CRM’s and work with technology wherever we need to. It is really up to us to change the younger generation’s perception through action, adaptability, and skills. (After all Bill Gates and Steve Jobs are both Boomers!)
Let’s not let these younger generations relegate us to walkers, canes, number 2 pencils, or yellow pads just yet. We Boomers have a lot to offer and much more to get done before we are done! So grab you iPad, tablet computer, smart phone, or laptop and let these “youngers” know that technology doesn’t scare you!