A Blatant Display Of Generation Gap

kids-and-technology-gadgetsThe computer is a wonderful thing but I’m still not that confident using it. I can’t navigate fast enough and it takes me years to figure out how to get to another page. Some friends of mine suggest that I actively participate in some online social networks so that I can learn some techy techniques. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough time to do it. I hate to admit it, but I’m just one of those folks that have been left behind by technology. Even those touch screen devices intimidate me.

It’s A Different Story With The Kids

But nowadays, I’m amazed at how my kids deal with technology. It’s almost like second nature to them. They’re not intimidated by the machines. They can figure out the navigation all by themselves. It’s just seems so easy for them.

That’s the reason why I always call on them every time I need to download or update something. While that may sound really funny, it’s true. My kids are a big help most especially when I need to get something done online. I’m just amazed with their confidence level when it comes to technology. I can see such a wide gap between me and my kids.

Gotta Face The Fact

I remember clearly a conversation I had with a friend whose expertise is in the field of technology. I have always been awe of her intelligence and foresight. We had gone to college together. To this day, we still keep in touch.

During one of our coffee days, I was telling her about my kids and how confident they always seem with technology. I was comparing myself to my kids, telling her about my ignorance and lack of confidence with technology. She was laughing at my stories. Although she’s an IT expert, she never seems to underestimate me. Instead, our differences make our friendship stronger.

In spite of our light and relaxing conversation, she had said something that made me think. She told me to accept the reality that children today are way smarter than us. That really got me thinking. As much as I wanted to disagree, it somehow made a lot of sense to me.

The kids are much different now. Admittedly, they are smarter and more assertive. They know how to maximize the technology. A good example is this. Years ago when I needed to find out a meaning of a word, I was always told to look it up in a dictionary. Now, every time my kids need to know something, they run to the computer and to google it. As embarrassing as it may sound, they were the ones that taught me how to do this as well.

So I guess my friend is right. I do need to face the fact that the kids are smarter now. In my case, they might even be smarter than me in terms of technology.

Is It A Generation Gap?

I would really like to think it’s clear case of generation gap. But I do agree with my friend that the kids will always be smarter than us when it comes to technology, After all they spend so much time on their computers and devices that they can easily figure out some techie stuff. I just don’t have the time to really immerse myself in the wonderful world of technology. The most I can do is tell a story on some blog platform such as this. Truth be told, I got some help to set this up as well. So every time I see my kids work their way through the internet and computers, I can only say that it’s a blatant display of generation gap.