Boomers grew up through the 20th century and played a part in the fastest growth of scientific discoveries the world has known, and yet as computers and the Internet started to become a part of our daily lives and in our jobs, Boomers were in their 4th decade and became less likely to jump into the quickness of change with computers and the Internet. Many could not keep up the same pace of understanding and therefore resisted becoming as knowledgeable as our children, who grew up with computers being second nature, through their toys and video games.
Boomer parents found they were being left behind and clueless to knowing what their children were doing on the Internet. This, of course, made many even more wary of the Internet, due to bad news stories of children and others being victimized. Parents found they had to begin to learn more about this “Internet thing”.
As the main venue of Baby Boomers, television began displaying nearly everything in terms of the Internet, website addresses in news stories and advertisements, Boomers became more and more aware that they were being left out of this new media venue. Over the last decade, and especially over the last couple of years, Baby Boomers have jumped into the social networking world in staggering numbers. They have discovered how they can reconnect with family members and friends they haven’t seen or spoken with for years.
According to a Pew Internet and American Life Project survey, Internet usage among people over the age of 50 has doubled over the last year, growing from 22% to 42%.
It takes Baby Boomers a while to join into new ideas, but once we do, the resulting effects are always overwhelming, in many perspectives. Boomers still love new inventions. We grew up seeing some of the most amazing technical advances of our world’s history. Now that we are in our mature years, we may be slow to start, but as Boomers join in a movement, so goes the growth and possibilities.