When searching for a blog, I stumbled upon an “innovation and technology” blog of a Bucknell alumand former teammate of mine. AJ Pompliano is an entrepreneur and recently sold his first company. He tends to blog about startups and technology, but one of his recent posts stood out to me.
He discussed an experience he had while training two older men to use Twitter. Both men were fascinated with innovation and technology, but were clueless when it came to using technological tools like social media. The didn’t even know how to send a text or email from the cell phone.
Aj brought up an interesting point: “I wish we could empower more people in our oldest generations. As a country we spend so much time thinking about our children (I am guilty as well) that we forget about our elders. I need to spend more time focused on educating them as well. They deserve the benefits of innovation just as much as the rest of us!”
As a generation, we take for granted our understanding for the technology we grew up with. Recent innovations within our society have become so useful that they work into our daily routine, basically evolving into necessities. It’s tough to imagine a world without technology, but that’s what some of our older citizens are used to. Many lack the desire for technological knowledge because they can’t even contemplate what they are missing out on. I believe we should have a social responsibility to share our knowledge with out elders, and to enlighten them despite some stubbornness. As can be seen by Pompliano’s blog post, many older citizens do indeed possess a desire to learn!