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Are Older People Really “Anti-Technology?”

By Margaret Manning July 01, 2015 Lifestyle

In many ways, Baby Boomers were the first generation to experience constant technological change. In the 1950s and 60s, household devices focused on convenience and productivity were already well established. In the following decades the rate of change has only accelerated.

I recently came across a picture on that made me smile and reminded me of just how quickly the world is changing around us. The picture showed all of the devices that we would have needed to purchase in 1993 to do the same things that we could do with an iPhone in 2013.

1993 vs 2013 Technology

People tend to think about people over 60 as being “anti-technology” or behind the times. But, in reality, Baby Boomers, have always embraced new things. We may not be the first to try the latest social network or gadget, but, when we find something truly useful, we are more than willing to add it to our lives.

In fact, you could argue that, as older adults, we stand to gain more than any other group from the coming revolutions in genetics, medicine and technology.

I’m really curious what you think about this. Please take a few minutes to answer the following questions and “like” and share this article to keep the conversation going!

What one piece of technology would you find it hard to live without today? What is one technology that you are most looking forward to someone creating? Do you think that it is an unfair stereotype that older people are slow to adopt new technologies? Or, do you think that there is some truth to this?

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Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions. Margaret can be contacted at

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