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How a Young Generation Accepts Technology

By: Chris Nickson - Updated: 25 Nov 2015 | comments*Discuss
 
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The teenagers of today, even the twentysomethings, haven’t known a life without technology. It’s been an integral part of their existence, in many cases for the whole of their lives. They’ve taken to it like ducks to water when their parents have struggled simply learning how to programme a VCR.

But when something is part of your environment from an early age, you’re bound to adapt to it and embrace it as a perfectly natural part of your life. That’s what the young have done with new technology; young people feel perfectly comfortable with it. You might not understand everything your mobile phone can do, even after reading the manual, but the chances are a teen can figure it out without the book in under an hour. Technology is a normal facet in their lives, and they’re fearless about pushing buttons and experimenting. Where older people fear they’ll either break something or change the settings beyond repair, the young understand that everything can be put back the way it was quite easily. Technology doesn’t scare them.

Young People And New Technology

How do most young people spend much of their free time? On their computers or their mobiles. They’re essential communication and information tools for them. They’ve grown up with computers in schools, and often had mobiles since their early teens or before, so they’re almost extensions of their bodies and lives.

So each new advance is just a small step forward for them, something that seems logical. Instead of going out to buy a CD, it’s far easier simply to download the tracks you want and nothing more. The Internet means convenience. They can transfer those tracks to an iPod or portable media player. Not just music, but video, too, to carry their entertainment with them. It makes perfect sense to them, just as a video-sharing site does, or using a video game console. They master these things effortlessly, as if they’ve been programmed how to know what to do – and growing up with technology, they have, in a way.

But what they love above else, perhaps surprisingly, are their phones. They upgrade to the newest handsets, eager for new technology, and use it, using them for instant messaging, social networking, as music libraries, for the Internet on the go, even to watch TV in some cases.

The Young And Advances In Technology

The advances in technology for consumers aren’t necessarily aimed at young people, but they tend to be the ones who embrace them first. If it’s something new and better (and affordable) they want it.

For them, the whole of technology can seem like a giant playground, with its devices like toys to be explored and enjoyed. They’re enthusiastic about technology, even if they don’t realise it. It’s why they want the new video game with great graphics, the latest console – even if they already have others. It’s not greed as much as curiosity, want to see what’s out there and play with it.

The young and new technology is the perfect combination. As each new generation comes along, used to more advances, that will be even more the case.

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