Generational conflict in the use of digital technologies

Over the years and the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), generations, mainly of adults over 40 years of age, have been forced to some extent to adapt to a new lifestyle both in the personal and work areas, having to appropriate a tool that in many cases is not used. it was seen as necessary and in others it was rejected due to the lack of knowledge in its use and benefits.

Even so, they have been adapting and entering a technological world more and more, applying it in their personal, social or work routine; However, this has not been the only difficulty they have faced, but also the difference in use compared to that of today’s youth and adolescents, which often causes impotence, insecurity, frustration and feelings of inferiority, since that as adults they have needed to carry out a rehabilitation process in their lifestyle, appropriate skills that in their case require time, explanation and practice, as well as face the fear of making mistakes and associate that with a click they can restart and correct errors, situation that before when using pen and paper was not possible.

Young people, contrary to all this, grew up in a time where this technological process is already immersed in their world from birth and in their daily lives, understanding it as something practical and that they do not consider it necessary to know its functionality from a theoretical foundation, leading them to perceive in many cases to adults as inferior to them.

In this process of transition and generational conflict, it is necessary to some extent to reverse roles.

Regarding the role of young people and adolescents, it is important to practice empathy and sensitivity to the process that the adults around them go through, understanding that their independence and security in the use of technology has allowed them to adapt to current life without difficulty, But for an adult it is not like that, patience is required, being explicit and concrete in the guidance that can be provided.

Understand that if an adult asks for your support or guidance, it is not a reason to mock it or a reason to minimize it, since making the decision to seek support implies accepting a difficulty in themselves.

As adults, it is essential to receive the guidance of the new generations to appropriate the necessary tools regarding the management of technologies, without feeling displaced or lacking in authority. Recognizing that although before the law of life established that the guide or whoever was right could not be the son, today this has changed with the use of technology as well as in many other things, marking a difference in thought and culture, accepting that asking for help does not detract from a person; however, it is necessary to teach the new generations the value of accompanying with respect and empathy those who need it most.

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All of the above, in order to reach a point where as a society we adapt to the new challenges that arise, as well as gradually changing the perspective from a generational conflict to a generational collaborative readjustment.


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