Since the beginning of time we have learned most of our skills from parents, grandparents and teachers. They’ve passed on their knowledge from generation to generation on tending a farm, building a train or knitting wool sweaters.
It seems to me that we are in the midst of one of those rare points in history where the roles have been reversed. Hear me out. Our younger generation is innately more literate when it comes to computers and technology. They grew up chatting with their friends on AIM, battling other Halo players from halfway across the world, and cropping photographs to make sure they make a good Facebook profile picture. Some of these skills could have been passed on by early adapting parents, but no matter how early the parents grabbed a hold of the digital age, they sure as heck didn’t grow up learning it like our younger generation did. (more…)