Being a Digital Adult? Not a Digital Native …?
Digital Natives are everywhere – more than 3.400.000 hits at Google. And Digital Adult – what’s that? If you’re not a Digital Native, you could be a Digital Adult …
Digital Natives are born after 1980. They are grown up with the Internet and they don’t know how to live without being connected (More information about Digital Natives are available at Google / Wikipedia …)
Digital Adults are born before the Internet. I’m one of them. I joined IT in the early 80s and my first computer was an Olivetti M24. Personal Computers, the first servers, MS-DOS, IBM-PCs … I had a lot of troubles with all that stuff (More about my history at www.5-dimensions.eu, LinkedIn, XING etc.). It was a long and hard way to iOS, Android, Windows 10, the Cloud, to the Internet of Things and to all the things surrounding us.
Now I use Facebook, LinkedIn, XING, WhatsApp and lot of other Apps. On my arm is an Apple Watch and I’ve to stream my music (Spotify, Apple Music …). Watching more films on Netflix and Amazon Prime than consuming ordinary TV ….
Digital Adults were here long before the first Digital Native was born. We make it happen: Internet and Apps. We grew up in the Digital Stone Age and now we are here.
Digital Adults vs. Digital Native – what better?
Non is better. Digital Natives are behaving natural in the Digital Universe. Digital Adults had to explore and develop this universe. Sometimes this is a hard work.
Everyone born before 1980 is a Digital Adult?
No, not really. Becoming an adult is always hard. Trying, learning, falling and getting up is a part of becoming an adult. Becoming a Digital Adult means you’ve to try, to learn and be open to new things. Some of the gadgets we, the Digital Adults, don’t really need. But we, the Digital Adults, have to try them. Not all of them … but most of them.
Digital Adult – what’s the other side?
Ignoring the new age isn’t a good way – never was. A lot of my friends don’t use the new stuff – don’t like it, don’t try it … . So – sometimes I’m alone. None of them are on Facebook, WhatsApp, … I can’t share my opinions with them on Spotify and so on. Never they will read this story …
The other side of the Digital Adult is a bit sad: staying in the past …
What should a Digital Adult to?
Looking around and checking the new stuff. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. One app helps us to do things easily, another app is just boring. Some new stuff is leading us to new opportunities; other stuff won’t be here in 3 years.
But we, the Digital Adults, know this game. We had to explore and develop the Digital Age … We were here before …
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