If you notice, you will find that newer and technologically advanced gadgets are mostly, if not always, targeted to the younger generation. Why? If you think - because they have more spending powers, think again! While it might be true and could be one reason, the main reason could very strongly be that older people find it difficult to adapt to new gadgets readily.
But why is that, psychologically predisposed older men and women find it difficult to take to new technology? Scientists claim to have worked out why people in their late 40s and 50s have to get their children to load their iPods for them. The older you get the more difficult it is for your conscious mind to override years of “pre-programming”, they say. Combined with damaging physical changes in the cell structure of the brain – the result of natural ageing and maybe a little alcohol – the effects can be, at best, confusing.
The research may explain why even people in early middle age find it difficult to use an iPod, or surf on their Black Berry, when their children take to new technology almost instinctively.
“The answer may be that older people are psychologically predisposed to find it harder than youngsters to override established ways of doing things”, said Grealy. “They will find it harder to adapt to digital TV, drive a new car with unfamiliar controls and use other modern tools and utensils.”
So, if you fall in this older-generation category like me, and find your son’s latest “Apple notebook” confusing, don’t think yourself, stupid! It’s only your age that has taken its toll!