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Accepting New Technologies

What Determines Which Technologies We Accept?

What Determines Which Technologies We Accept?

Douglas Adams, whose Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was one of the most risible landmarks in my young life, came up with three predictors as to what technologies people will accept. My version comes from the Futility Closet website:

  • Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
  • Anything that’s invented between when you’re 15 and 35 is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
  • Anything invented after you’re 35 is against the natural order of things.

Reading the above sends a chill racing up and down my spine. I accepted computers around the age of 20 and, in fact, found myself a career in computing.

But do I accept tweeting and touch-screen smartphones? No. Will I ever accept them? Possibly. I’ve accepted Facebook, but only with great suspicion and periodic reviews of security parameters. And I use Facebook primarily for announcing new blogs and flagging the books I am currently reading via Goodreads.Com.



2 thoughts on “Accepting New Technologies

  1. Interesting idea–35 seems to be the pivotal age. I was 35 in 1973. I got my first computer in the early 80s when I was in grad school, mostly for the word processing advantages (I’m a poor typist).

    As for tech that arrived after 1973, well, that’s hard to say. I thought the CD player and discs were great, and my turntable and cassette deck has gathered dust since then. I use email instead of a letter–can’t think of when I last wrote a letter.

    I tried twitter and facebook but lost interest in them. Actually it was twitter that converted me to blogging. I found the limitations too severe and decided to set up my own blog. My stint in facebook was short and uneventful and uninteresting.

    I’m still using a landline phone as I don’t see the necessity of “being in touch” all day all week all the time.

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