An article entitled Baby Boom Generation Now Outnumbered by Larry Bodine popped in my Google Reader yesterday. As I read, I noted the various statistics comparing my generation (late Baby Boomer) with The Millenials aka The Net Generation and came away in full agreement with the author on this point:
"Don't become one of those people who can't work a digital camera, set your cell phone voicemail or program your DVR. Be current. Stay relevant. Try new things."
I can't begin to tell you how often I talk to my generational peers and they automatically dismiss Facebook and other Web 2.0/social media components as "rubbish" or "nonsense." Or they mention their struggle with trying to achieve some mastery of the basic fundamentals of these programs.
Much of what I am seeing is a sense that they are "too old" to learn new skills or as one person told me via email, "I'm just too old for Facebook."
Nonsense. Many know that when a new member joins Geneabloggers over on Facebook, I reach out and make sure that the newbies not only learn all about the various Geneabloggers features and events, but I also ask if they need any Facebook help and recommend that they visit Facebook Bootcamp for Genea-Bloggers.
I get no greater joy than to hear comments such as, "My granddaughter can't believe her grandmother is now on Facebook," or "I can't wait to embarass my teenage daughter by being on Facebook."
For years as a computer trainer I've held this opinion: I'd rather have someone with a positive attitude than aptitude. Meaning I'd much rather work with a person who is receptive to learning new skills than someone who comes in and thinks they know everything, even to the point of self-doubt as to their capabilities.
Don't let people convince you out of trying your hand at Facebook or Twitter or other web-based social media applications. For many people of my generation, these programs have become lifelines and have allowed them to interact with others who hold similar interests. And as members of Geneabloggers will tell you, when you find a supportive community such as ours, it is easy to ask for help - just ask and you shall receive!