From an AP story I came across today:
"It's nice that adults know SOME things," says [Scott] Seigal, an 18-year-old freshman at Binghamton University in New York. He especially likes IMing with his grandma because he's "not a huge talker on the phone."Maybe I'm just feeling curmudgeonly and cranky because I'm twice as old as the kid quoted... but speaking for my 37-year-old self (who literally teethed on a computer keyboard — Dad was a programmer and we had a dumb terminal in the home office) and for my 67-year-old father, who received the Grace Murray Hopper Award for outstanding young computer professionals back in 1973 — uh, kiddo, who do you think created that technological turf you consider your own? I'll give you a hint: many, if not most, of them were born LONG before 1990.
Increasingly, however, he and other young people are feeling uncomfortable about their elders encroaching on what many young adults and teens consider their technological turf.
Long gone are the days when the average, middle-aged adult did well to simply work a computer. Now those same adults have Gmail, upload videos on YouTube, and sport the latest high-tech gadgets.