During the previous assignment, I had highlighted that part of themisunderstanding between senior citizens and the younger generationsemanates from the use or overuse of technology. Failure by most ofthe older generation to embrace has not helped to solve themisunderstanding. The discussion explores why many senior citizensfail to embrace technology as part of the modern lifestyle.
Some of the older people never moved on from their former lifestyles(Peacock 200). They are still stuck in the past where they used tovisit each other in order to talk, writing each other letters, andusing landline telephones. They grew up knowing that theaforementioned means of communication were the most appropriate. Somehave known these items for the entirety of their life. It is for thisreason that they are finding it hard to let go and embrace the newforms of technology (Bassi 2).
The effects of technology on the younger generation have dissuadedthe older generation from embracing it. Young people have turned intozombies courtesy of their technological devices. Instead of owningtechnology, technology now owns young people (Manning 5). They nolonger socialize with fellow humans beings because all they do isstare at their gadgets all day long. Such negative practices haveconvinced the older generation that technology is a curse for theworld today.
Failure by the older generation to understand the positivecontributions to technology has also played a role in escalating thematter (Reunad and Biljon 45). For instance, they do not know thatseveral people have used the internet to learn life-saving skills.There fear of the unknown has prompted them to treat technology asthough it were an enemy.
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Thesis: Why many senior citizens fail to embrace technology as partof the modern lifestyle
Claim 1: used to the old way of life
Evidence 1 Some still prefer landline phones
Source Peacock and Bassi
Claim 2: The negative impact on youth
Evidence 2: see people on their gadgets always
Claim 3: Ignorance about benefits of technology
Evidence: some dont know education and business on internet
Source: Reunad and Biljon
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Manning Margaret. How Do Women Over 60 Use theInternet? The Answers Might Surprise You. Huffington Post, Jan 2014.Web<http://www.huffingtonpost.com/margaret-manning/how-do-women-over-60-use-_b_4348813.html>October 5, 2016.
Peacock, Sylvia E., and HaraldKünemund. "Seniorcitizens and Internet technology." Europeanjournal of ageing 4.4 (2007): 191-200.
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