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Interesting enough, the other day while reading a sports article from the N.Y. Post – there was a reference made towards technology.  You have to scroll to the bottom of the post to see the video.  Mike Francesa, who’s a sports talk show host for WFAN was trying to describe how the recent video tape of Erin Andrews got leaked onto the internet.  Now, this post isn’t related to sports, but it is about how humorous it was to see Francesa describe the process of uploading.  He did mention he is not good with computers, which brings me to the point of this post.  Do you think technology is reaching all generations?

I don’t think it’s a bad thing that he didn’t understand what the term uploading meant, but trying to describe the incident over the air to millions of people and not know that term is has me wondering.  As tech savy as the majority of people are today, are we still not reaching all generations?  It seems that with everything run by computers and large companies handle all their through computers, that a simple term such as uploading would be known worldwide.  Apparently it is not!  People upload content to the internet constantly and I was just shocked to hear this tech term be something new.  Granted,  I am tech savy and I grew up with all of this stuff, which gives myself and my generation an unfair advantage.  However, is there not enough effort being put in to make everyone aware of technology?

I believe in this Web 2.0 world we live in that even if older generations don’t know what all tech terms mean, that they still have an idea of what it is.  I know they didn’t experience all of this until later on in life which is understandable if it’s new to them.  Although, I believe everyone should understand the basics.  Whether you are into technology or not, it’s the way the world operates today and you don’t want to be left out!  To me it is almost a must that you understand the little things going on in Web 2.0, especially the word upload.  When I hear someone completely out of the loop on something like this, I feel this is where tech enthusiasts like us need to help!

I think what I enjoy seeing the most is those who are older interacting with technology.  Seeing our relatives and grandparents on sites like Facebook is a huge step for them, but we know they are trying to engage with our generation.  That’s all that we ask for.  Take a chance and learn something new because you might like it!  Sometimes the older generation can be set in there ways, which is completely understandable.  Technology can be scary for them, but once they try it out, I have noticed they become addicted like we are!

I don’t want this post to come off as me ripping on Mike Francesa for not knowing what upload means, but it had me worried that we still aren’t reaching audiences of all ages.  I love getting people to use technology who haven’t used it before and seeing there reaction.  Why do I like this?  The reason is because I wish I could back for to the first time I used something tech related and see my reaction.  Since I have been using tech for quite some years now, I am use to it and just know it’s there available to me.  Unlike older generations, we are spoiled with new technology and take it for granted at times.  For them it’s something new and exciting if they choose to use it.  That’s why I hope we can reach all generations so everyone can learn more about technology and not be hesitant to use it.

It’s seems as if we need a top 10 list for helping technology reach every generation.  In the very near future, that’s exactly what I am going to do.  I am going to create a list of 10 tips for those who are new or want to learn how to interact with technology.  If you have anything you would like to add before I make the post, leave a comment on this post and I will add it in!  The top 10 post will be up this week, so stay tuned!

How do you feel about technology reaching all generations?  Are we doing a good job of it or making solid progress?  Opinions could go either way, but the fact that the word upload was a new word to Francesa gave me the desire to write this post.

Further reading:

Will Google Voice Revolutionize Technology?

The Future Of Technology

People Make Technology A Problem

Technology Innovation Huge In 2010

Does Technology Have Any Boundaries?

Technology Reaches All Time High