Computers And Technology For Baby Boomers


Copyright (c) 2012 David Kinghorn

As we take a look at computers and technology for baby boomers, we should remember that many baby boomers were raised on the earliest domestic computers, such as the chunky BBC models and Sinclair’s Spectrum, and those who have web access spend 50 percent more time online each day than the UK average of an hour.

But according to Age Concern almost half those over 50 still don’t own a computer, often relying on libraries and other computer centres for their internet surfing. For some there is still the psychological barrier that they are too old for technology, or computers are “not for me”.

But the mindset is changing. For instance the number of Facebook users aged 64 and older is increasing faster than any other age group. The net is a great way for people, who might otherwise find themselves isolated, to keep in touch with the rest of the world. Email and chat rooms like Gransnet, photo uploading sites such as Flickr.com, free video-conferencing through Skype and mini-blogs like Twitter, can all bring people together.

Also websites designed for older people are starting to appear such as finerday.com and thetimesofmylife.com, which allow people to share their memories – in sound, words and images.

Try the European Computer Driving License (ECDL) or Computer Literacy and Information Technology (CLAIT). Both are an easy introduction to computers and modern-day basics such as the internet, email, word processing, spreadsheets and databases.

It?s worth finding out about iPods, Skype (a system for making phone calls through your computer) and other technological advances. Reducing your fear of change is important and will give you more confidence.

Older learners can take part in general adult education classes at all levels – on vocational and non-vocational topics – as well as in sessions designed to meet the needs of a specific learning group. Some thrive among students of other generations, and would resist ‘Segregation’. For others, learning with their peers can promote confidence.

AGE UK, the charity for older people, is working with a network of community projects across the country, to provide training for computer and technology for baby boomers and older people. A great feature is a determination to avoid jargon and explaining things clearly in plain English. The websites of the BBC and the charity go-on.co.uk both provide resources for beginners to learn about computers, the internet, and digital technology.

Go-on.co.uk is a new cross-sector partnership that aims to make the UK the most digitally-capable nation in the world, and bring the benefits of the internet to every individual and every organisation in every community across the UK.

The government-backed UK Online also has 6,000 centres around the UK providing access to and advice on computers and the internet, and most local authorities offer computers and training events at their libraries.

My name is David Kinghorn and I have just retired, I am what is known as a baby boomer and my aim is to help other baby boomers enjoy their retirement, for more information go to; http://www.retirementplanning4babyboomers.com

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Transcript – This whole idea of millennials being this or that or the other I find it ludicrous to be critical because you’re talking about the generation that was the tipping point of why the Supreme Court past the marriage for gays. They’re the tipping – they’re the ones going are you kidding me? They’re the gender fluid group. I mean I don’t get that at all. I mean it was hard enough for me just to be a guy, let alone I’m going to figure that I’m fluid about this. I don’t get it but it doesn’t disturb me. A lot of my generation, I might as well of been born on a different planet than some of these pricks. I feel like they’re dinosaurs. Really, you’re going to carry this stuff from the ’50s on with you? Really? You’re going to stand there in Congress? That I find more enraging. My real anger is is that they scream about these kids and the way in which they operate and interact and socialize and the way that they are, and yet this is the generation that had the phones dropped on them and the computer dropped on them and things changed. And so you’ve got a whole generation that is living in a different world than we are. And they live on screens. Their whole life is on a screen for most of them. When I was a kid I did LSD. And they said you can’t really do a lot of LSD. So they made it illegal and then they took it away kind of. You couldn’t get really good LSD after a while. But it was like you can’t do that. That generation turns around and drops on these kids something that was just as potent as LSD. That phone and the amount of apps and the amount of crap and the computer, it’s the extension of the human nervous system. It’s a drug and it’s not treated that way. And then they go boy, I can’t believe they’re doing that. Well schmuck it’s because you didn’t. Because you didn’t do it. And that’s it. And I think that’s, going back to politics, that’s part of the reason we live like we live now. That’s part of the reason things are the way they are. We are in the midst of a total sea change. We have gone from one age to another. We have not entered the new age and we haven’t left the old age, but boy it’s happening and it scares the shit out of a lot of people.

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15 Responses to “Computers And Technology For Baby Boomers”

  1. millennials and baby boomers are both equally awful. one generation fast tracked the downfall of US by promoting war and fiscal irresponsibility while the other are a bunch of effeminate post-modern nihilistic cucks and losers

  2. it's kind of outstanding how fast the global consciousness can change when given the appropriate tools!
    this talk needs to bee seen by everyone in congress

  3. Millennials will be the generation that creates strong AI and ushers in the singularity.

  4. Lewis Black just ain't what he used to be.

  5. Something is different with this kids… I don't like change.

  6. Millennials are full-on 19th century. They're all against free speech, education and due process and in favor of lynching, sexism and racism.

  7. The two previous generations lived on screens as well. Television screens. Yes, they were just as bad about it, and still are. And before that it was radio and comic books. If you go back far enough you'll find some paleolithic douchebag complaining about how much time the new generation spends drawing on walls and whittling toys.

  8. What the F is this guy talking about? Computer, phone are to us just the same as field and tractor are to farmer. This is the only working space where we can exist because my CV is not good enough for these babyboomers.

    And the headphones and the .mp3 … Please give the Nobel prize for peace to these inventors, they saved us from constant nagging.

  9. When we first brought these miracles of communication to the public, I began every class talking about how revolutions in communications invariably lead to revolutions of society.
    Writing, the printing press, the telegraph, radio and television, and now what will be the next wave. We have, in essence, eliminated the barriers between individuals, and eventually that's going to be amazing.
    However, until we get there, it is going to be really messy.

  10. Baby boomer politics ruined the country

  11. If Boomers or anyone else has an issue with Millennials – they need look no further than themselves.

    Awards for participating instead of reserving the trophy for winners, time outs instead of a slap on the butt, and paying too much attention to being PC and attempting to be aware of every possible butthurt. What a load of crap.

    The child rearing methods of the 1930s created the 'greatest generation', who at 17 and 18 years old won a world war. They were responsible adults, did what they had to and didn't whine about it.

    In trying to make a 'better life' for their kids (what we now call the boomers), they actually made successive generations weaker and more dependent. The boomers continued with that method and were even more lax in their parenting – and now here we are.

    So – you reap what you sow. And – no – a smartphone might be like crack – but it isn't like LSD.

  12. These days, it's like Gen-X doesn't even exist, and never did.

  13. Hmmmmm I don't like the idea of lumping people into generations…. Old people or young people. There are young people I like and old people I like, young people I hate and old people I hate.

  14. SCOTUS didn't pass any law to allow homosexuals to marry. They decided existing law could not exclude them. Big difference.

  15. Yes, I hate millennials and those who say nothing is new about them, did you know for the first time ever older music is outselling new music? It's cuz millennials suck more than any generation in modern history and I'd bet ancient history too.

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