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Myth busted: Older people are not digitally savvy. Guess what? Not all millenials are either

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Myth busted: Older people are not digitally savvy. Guess what? Not all millenials are either

  • 12/20/2018
  • Employment, Skills Building, Technology, Community, Multigenerational workforce

by Leslie M Faerstein Ed.D., LCSW

As a “digital immigrant” (an insulting and ageist term), I often count on “digital natives” (equally ageist) to help explain programs and apps to me. I have had the good fortune over the years to have young staff who were patient and showed me how to do things (e.g., Power Point, Google Docs, etc.). I wanted to learn how to do them myself, not have them do it for me. As I aged, it seemed that younger people thought that my generation of Baby Boomers didn’t know much about technology — that we could barely figure out how to turn on a computer. Just another myth about older people.

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