IMO anyone can learn or master the computers, but it takes dedication, time, effort and above all, the desire to learn. IMO many people, (regardless of age), just dont care, or dont want to learn, or are too frightened to learn.
I would agree with everything j has said. I'v e worked with people older than myslef and much younger. I'v met some human rocks in their 50's and twenties. I've also met some other humans that love to learn period.
The only difference I see is as follows:
The older people may or may not get as far as the younger people due to the amount of discrectionary time available. This is just a statement of fact. The more responsibilities you have the less discretionary time you have. So how much time does the person who may be married, may have childern, may have a home (with mortage), may have car payments, maybe saving for retirement and maybe saving for childrens education have? Not alot.
So if I'm single and someone else supports me I got all the time in the world to learn or choose not to. The younger people don't have the benifit of understanding the evolution of the technology processes so everything is "new" as if it was magic. They have not lived it, which is not a put down, just a statement of fact.
I was 24 when I saw my first real PC which was a Mac (I'm 42 now). They were too expensive then for working people to buy. All I had seen before were the mainframes with punch card readers. I had no alure to cards with holes in them. :wink:
Now I'm older (not old :evil: ) and trying to learn about linux which is not a short road. So back to the orginal article, do today's younger people have a advantage? Depends on if the older crowd decided to keep up and build on their skills along the way (takes less time as well) or let them slowly drift away. Same concept is true for younger people. Do they choose to take adavantage of technology available to them that was not available to generation before or just go hang with the guys. Then wonder why there stuck working in fast food business after graduation.
So yes there is a slight advantage but only if the individual takes adavantage of it.
Yeah...I agree that most of the young people today are too lazy to learn anything about computers. Most that I know (and for the second time in a day: my sister and her friends) just use the computer to WP school work, chat, and do a little surfing (email, neopets).
I also disagree with the article in that eventually, everyone will have to be connected. There is no doubt in my mind. So those that are too ignorant to try to understand, or too !learning to learn...will just end up being in sad shape.
I have a few opinions about it ...
Younger people i do believe have an "edge" when it comes to technology for two reasons, a) they have grown up with it and it doesn't scare them as it does with MOST older people and b) we don't have families and what not to occupy our times. im my own experience ... i have no life when it comes to family or anything like that. so i decided to take that free time to learn anything and everything i could with just about everything in the world, and that eventually led me to computers and i have been hooked since then. I just have more time.