During the previous assignment, I had highlighted that part of themisunderstanding between senior citizens and the younger generationsemanates from the use or overuse of technology. Failure by most ofthe older generation to embrace has not helped to solve themisunderstanding. So, why do many senior citizens fail to embracetechnology as part of the modern lifestyle?
Some of the older people never moved on from their former lifestyles(Peacock 200). They are still stuck in the past where they used tovisit each other in order to talk, writing each other letters, andusing landline telephones. They grew up knowing that theaforementioned means of communication were the most appropriate. Somehave known these items for the entirety of their life. It is for thisreason that they are finding it hard to let go and embrace the newforms of technology (Bassi 2).
The effects of technology on the younger generation have dissuaded,the older generation from embracing it. Young people have turned intozombies courtesy of their technological devices. Instead of owningtechnology, technology now owns young people (Manning 5). They nolonger socialize with fellow humans beings because all they do isstare at their gadgets all day long. Such negative practices haveconvinced the older generation that technology is a curse for theworld today.
Failure by the older generation to understand the positivecontributions to technology has also played a role in escalating thematter (Reunad and Biljon 45). For instance, they do not know thatseveral people have used the internet to learn life-saving skills.Their fear of the unknown has prompted them to treat technology asthough it were an enemy.
Most senior citizens lack the necessary knowledge on how to use themodern technology and have remained ignorant (Peacock 200).Inculcating the significance the modern technology and stating itsbenefits is a paramount step in ensuring awareness among the oldergeneration. They have stuck to the notion that the modern technologyhas swayed the young generation from the societal norms to moredespicable habits.
On the other hand, the older generation has not been able to adjustto the modern form of technology as a result of fear that they mightlose crucial information to the internet (Bassi 2). For instance,they still believe in the traditional ways of writing down thingssuch as letters and visit their friends to talk. Such beliefs havedeterred the older generation from indulging in the contemporarytechnology rather have been fixed to the antiquity techniques.
They believe that the traditional methods are the most reliable andconvenient as compared to the use of the current technology. There isthe aspect of mistrust in the information provided on the internet.They believe that information on the web has been modified to suitthe consumer, hence lack reliability and credibility. The oldergeneration has been hesitant about the modern technology because ofthe resultant negative impact that it has displayed on the younggeneration (Manning 5).
There are a significant number of factors that have resulted to theavoidance of the modern technology by the older people. However, theuse of modern technology remains to be efficient and effective innumerous applications like in communicating, learning, andsocializing. Therefore, it is important to engage the older people inadjusting to the current technology so as to reap its benefits.
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