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Subject:Ageism From:Tim Altom <taltom -at- IQUEST -dot- NET> Date:Fri, 18 Oct 1996 19:06:00 EST
I noticed with interest an exchange of postings about one person's opinion
that (paraphrased) those over 45 are rather stodgy and computer illiterate.
A respondent indignantly replied that he was well over 45, thank you, and
well acquainted with computer technology.
Point taken. However, I have to say that while I've learned not to make
unwarranted assumptions on the basis of age (I once knew a man in a pattern
design shop who was pushing retirement age when he _started_ doing
computer-based design and was soon one of the state's authorities on the
software), nonetheless I think most of us would agree that there is a
positive correlation in the business world between age and the reluctance to
embrace and learn the newest technologies. I, myself, am 40 and quite
computer literate, yet I still sometimes yearn for the old card catalogs at
This is especially prevalent among managers, I think, and especially among
higher management that never had to master much technology to do their jobs
anyway. But I do find that most people regardless of age come up to speed
rather quickly once they're convinced that the technology is beneficial. So
although I see the same trends the first writer did, I have to say that it's
mostly due to the perception of need, not the congealing of brain cells.
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