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The Children of Cyberspace

January 11, 2010

A parent sent me the link to an interesting article in the New York Times about a developing phenomenon called “mini-generation gaps”.  It talks about the ever increasing pace of technological change.  Here is an excerpt:

“People two, three or four years apart are having completely different experiences with technology,” said Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project. “College students scratch their heads at what their high school siblings are doing, and they scratch their heads at their younger siblings. It has sped up generational differences.”

One obvious result is that younger generations are going to have some very peculiar and unique expectations about the world. My friend’s 3-year-old, for example, has become so accustomed to her father’s multitouch iPhone screen that she approaches laptops by swiping her fingers across the screen, expecting a reaction.

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