Divided Nation…but not as you know it

I have noticed that in the UK we are divided nation! No , really? I hear you say……..

But thankfully this is nothing to do with politics or Brexit.

Much is already said on that divisive subject so I really don’t need to add to it!

We are in fact a technology divided nation. Although this is in some ways generational,  there is actually a big split within the 50 to 70 year age group… the baby boomers and early years generation x. So what is the split..it’s all about fear.I was in my local supermarket on a busy weekday lunchtime and the queues were building at the tills. Standing behind were two ladies in their 50’s. One immediately sauntered off to the self service service till…a few  scans, bleeps and screen presses and she was done. No ‘unexpected item in bagging area ‘ warnings for her.  The other lady resolutely refused to go near the device.  She explained she had never used such a device, would not know what to do , had not been shown what to do and she was fearful she might break it.

So why this difference. It all comes down to attitude to technology and being able to differentiate between mechanical and electronic.   We all see very young children grasping (literally) electronic devices, and using them intuitively and fearlessly.  However  in  the previous generations there are   large numbers of people thinking of  electronics in the same way  a car…you have to have lessons,  you have to be approved to use it (ie have a licence) and if you do the wrong thing…you could seriously damage it.

So is there an answer…yes it is education. My (at the time) 80 year old mother enrolled in a class called IT for the terrified…it was fun, factual and in her case transformational.  Ok it might be a diminishing generation who need this…but the need is currently still there.

4 thoughts on “Divided Nation…but not as you know it

  1. Alot of people dont like change and aren’t even willing to give things a try. Like they say, “Can’t teach an old dog new tricks!” Sad but true in most cases. The thing is, knowing the old and new way of things is good. I wish people understood that. Great post

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  2. Hi , that elderly lady might be frightened of the automatic till software , but a lot of us refuse to use them so that supermarkets continue to employ staff. For those in a tearing rush , I understand the need to use unmanned tills but increased use will just result in redundant staff.

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    1. Thanks…you make a good point there. I think in this case it was more a fear of technology . Hope you enjoyed the post…I tried to be varied in content.

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