The overrolled generation

The knowledge gap between young and old in the computer area and its tragicomic effects

Actually, there are no old ones. Where you can see, the old ones have been replaced by a class still more agile, still economically (and sexually) potent, still knowledge- and hundred people beyond the 60 who have randomly gray hair – not because they prescribe the nature so but because they allow it in ripened sovereignty. The trained, handsome, privately strugged pensioners, who brings us the advertising, are not "old", her own grandchildren were never with these winners "granny" or "grandpa" crying, but only with the first name. Even the ads for incontinence reindoos and stairlifts show people who do not actually have such a harmony and only make use of it for the spab.

The reality looks different as always. Nowhere is that clearer than when dealing with computers of all kinds. Who handed today with computers and is between 25 and 35, often makes the experience that parents relocate to computers and the internet as if to show the younger generation again where the hammer hangs. If it is not about being demonstrated that old author entitatables are to be demonstrated, then to the blobe fear to get completely on the siding and no longer can have a say. The real conflict is that the computerized elderly rely on the starting help of their computer literates, adult children, which sometimes results in a peculiar reversal of the parent-child ratio.

Amazing that such a social experience has so far not produced in a narrower sense of journalistic or even literary representation. After all, it has now managed to describe the young frankfurt author andrea servant, at least with a few weblog texts to describe the whole miserable.

The situation is obviously created in her that as an apple user, she actually has no idea of PC technology, but as a netizen can bring help to aid to bodle the PC problems of your father. In these texts, whose dramaturgy could have sprung the absurd theater, is not a part of a massive generation conflict that is not developing between civilized participants, because they are not developing for disaster because they know to behave.

The harthority of the old (mostly the father), which look like renitente heavier, and the impatience of the boys, which for once treat their parents treat their parents, together, meet in an area, on which twenty years previously the reverse rules of the game were considered: at once the children the parents. The senile computer starts make clumsy mistakes, are unconcentric and annoying up to the stop. The nested computer pathogogows give themselves all the mat of this world, and then find that the loving parents spent thousands of euro to collect with word cooking recipes or play minesweeper for hours – and nothing else. This is absolutely the annoyed parent of fruhe over the expensive christmas toys analogue, which were back in the corner to new year. No wonder: the children of the then wanted to be cool with fishing technology, and the old ones of today want the same with a PC that has all the harassment (the whole small cram universe from mobile to PDA there is then to easter). The utility value of the goods plays a highest perceptual role.

Interesting that these phenomena not only occur in seniors who come from technical-speaking professions or have a basic difficulty with the neumodic stuff, but also in technologists and engineers. Yes, you even do not have experts with computers for a long time, and now because you already have the grandson on the PC, you want to get back – and just can not handle. This is a clear indication that we have to do it here with a generation that the hectic innovation print has clearly left behind. Not even the people who have sooner these innovations have elevated the way. But what reproduces itself as uneven race of generations for the handling of a rule technology, is the hallmark of a more general problem: with the "antiquity of man" not only do the interface designers and the young adults have to do that their parents have to explain the internet, but also the NASA (the clock runs).

And so the embarrassing stdular of the old on the keyboard is also a warning of those who laugh about it today so warmly. The trend towards distributed calculation, which no longer look like computers and are more or less overall, may have been braked by the current economic crisis, but even if this paradigm shift will not come – another will come. The next overrolled generation could be good and we like to be.

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