So there is a report out that “Digital savviness peaks sometime between the ages of 14 and 15, and then drops gradually throughout adulthood, before falling rapidly in old age.”
Your alarm bells should immediately start going off. Do people just suddenly start forgetting how to push buttons (or yell at their machines) once they reach a certain age? Is using simple information technology a skill more akin to catching a fastball, in that if you don’t develop it by the time you’re a teenager you’ll never get good at it?
So that has to rank up there as a highly highly misleading sentence. Moreover, the tech-savviness that they’re measuring has to do the use of digital applications deliberately designed to be workable by a total idiot. Like, say, myself. It isn’t coding, or fixing a busted keyboard, or chip-design skillz what they’re measuring; it’s knowledge of Kik and Snapchat and Vine and all that.
My father, who really could be called digitally-savvy in that he not only used the for-morons applications like Skype but learned to program in his sixties, he would not have been amused by this article.
Thumbs down from Lenny, may he rest in peace.