Last year I thought I wanted to be a substitute teacher (thank goodness I changed my mind), so I went to a teaching seminar. The teachers escorted us to a computer room so they could show us some resources.
The room was full of old people, so of course there were computer issues. What surprised me wasn’t the issues they were having, but how they tried to solve them.
They were doing useless things like clicking on the icon for as long as it took to open, shaking their mouse back and forth, and turning off their computer screen and turning it back on.
I read somewhere that understanding technology is much like learning a language. When you grow up with a language, it’s your native tongue and you can speak it with ease. When you learn a second language, you can never have the same understanding. Speaking it will always take concentration.
It’s the same way with people and computers; young people just “get” it. We don’t have to learn how to use the latest version of Microsoft because more often than not, we can figure it out on our own.
My generation understands that when a computer has problems, there’s a technical reason and a logical solution. Old people don’t.
I came to a realization; this is how pagan religions get started. Once when these people had troubles with their computer, they shook the mouse and the problem resolved itself. Once when a tribe needed it to rain, they danced and it rained.
To make matters even more interesting, old people talk about computers like they have personalities. “It doesn’t want to work,” one of them might say, or “It’s not happy today.” An ancient culture might have talked about the sky that way, and perhaps one day they gave it a name and a legend.
If it weren’t for our generation, our parents could have started a whole new religion.