We all know how the majority of seniors feel about technology. It is confusing, complicated, and expensive. How can you justify paying hundreds of dollars for technology that requires a teenager to set up, the understanding of a whole new vocabulary like "blogger" and "twitter" and "google," and and is practically obsolete by the time you get it figured out? The exciting thing about technology to a young adult is that it is constantly changing, improving, and evolving - the exact points of frustration to an aging baby boomer. But why not keep trying to make something better, faster, cooler? Perhaps, because grandparents (and even parents) are getting near the point of combustible frustration...
In the reading, "Social Response to Technological Change," it mentions how difficult it is to define technological literacy. The reading defines it as having an above average ability or understanding of a bulleted list of elements. Does it truly take knowledge, awareness, confidence, control, and insight to be considered technologically literate?
The term digital divide refers to an unequal technological use, distribution, or knowledge from an economical standpoint. Some people do not have a choice, and simply live without because of their location or financial state. Our world, however, is evolving and relying more on technology as a means of communication and day-to-day living. It is imperative that people everywhere understand the basics of today's technology if they wish to survive in our digital world.
Not only is the older generation falling further and further behind, but it also seems that the younger generation is demanding and embracing more knowledge and skills with each technological advancement. Toddlers exposed to present-day technology know how to correctly operate the "Paint" app or camera on an iPad. It does not seem unusual or scary or difficult. In fact, an iPhone is interesting enough to hold a child's focus and attention as he/she instinctively navigates around a responsive screen.
Of the six response modes mentioned in the reading (article), which do you see yourself exhibiting most often when it comes to technology?
In your opinion, what is a simple definition for technological literacy?
What qualifies a person to be technologically literate?
Do you think that the pace of technological advancement is beneficial for society or creating an ever-widening gap between the tech savvy and the tech sorry?