Generally as a rule, older people know gooseberry fool about technology. There are exceptions of course, but I witness it at work everydayI find that most young people know gooseberry fool about computers either
. Ok, they can load up a web browser or send an e-mail but when you get a bit beyond that they quickly drown under the digital sea. Most people I've worked with struggle with the concept of local folders and network folders.
This. I know far more about IT than any of my nephews or nieces - they might know better how to use a Facebook account, but I seriously doubt they could put a .css page together, or create a Flash animation in a couple of hours. It's bollocks that teenagers are somehow imbued with this kind of technical insight just by virtue of being born into world already filled with digital gadgets. Anyone can use an iPod on a surface level; how about coding up an app?
This myth about 'digital natives' is put about by clueless morons in the corporate recruitment sector and broadcast media.