Lately I have been so busy starting a company and spending time on TripreneurTV.com that I haven’t written in awhile. An experience I had yesterday is worth sharing. All morning I spent training two older gentlemen (over the age of 60) on how to use Twitter. These guys came in and were reluctant at first to say the least.
One man told me that he had a cell phone for talking but “none of that texting or email stuff.” The other had a Twitter account from two years ago and it had two tweets posted (Someone else made it for him I think but not sure). Either way, they quickly overcame the hesitancy and began to learn.
As we progressed, I realized something important. These guys were fascinated with technology and the digital world. By the end of the morning, they both were excited about Twitter, following each other, and “making new friends on the computer.” This made me realize that technology doesn’t discriminate on age, sex, or creed. Seeing these men light up at the thought of their new knowledge was extremely rewarding.
I wish we could empower more people in our oldest generations. As a country we spend so much time thinking about our children (I am guilty as well) that we forget about our elders. I need to spend more time focused on educating them as well. They deserve the benefits of innovation just as much as the rest of us!
I would love to hear any suggestions on how I can reach out to this generation. Leave a comment below or tweet me @APompliano with ideas!