Boomers have been Rewiring
, figuratively and literally. Since
we wrote Don’t Retire, REWIRE! we have
been urging Boomers to embrace technology and improve their lives. This is important for everyone.
One of the key reasons our readers cite is that by using technology you get
to stay in the workforce longer.
be classified as “yesterday’s worker.”
get to stay connected to others on and off the job. You can continue to
learn and improve your job skills more conveniently and less expensively, too.
You can have more fun….no, not just playing games online,
but by opening up a world of adventure and travel. You can plan better, more cost effective
vacations, which translates to being able to have more of them. The list of how technology can enhance your
life goes on and on, and probably will long after future generations ask, “What
was a Baby Boomer?”
Not too long ago, AD Age Digital quoted Rob Sinclair, Microsoft’s director of Accessibility
who stated that Boomers represent 25% of the
population, yet purchase 40% of all technology.
So if you go on a job interview and you run into a condescending younger
interviewer throw this tidbit out and at least get them thinking that “Gee,
maybe I underestimated by parents generation.”
This trend isn’t confined to the U.S.
On every global trip we have taken in the
last 5 years, we make a point to look to see who is using technology in the countries we visit
It is not just the
under 40 set.
It is just about
everybody, particularly those of Boomer age.
Whether they are staying connected to work, sending photos to family, or
reading their favorite author on their Ipad, they are using technology to their
Occasionally, we get reader comments on how disgusting it is
that technology has separated us from others.
This is so far from the truth as to be ridiculous. Our personal experience alone, shows that by
using FaceBook, Linkedin, Reddit, and other social media sites, we have been so
much more connected to a much larger group of friends and family. It is so fantastic to find out what is going
on in the lives of people we care about but don’t always see. You can’t do this when you aren’t connected!
If you are getting overwhelmed by technology and want a break,
simply turn off your phone, Kindle, computer, IPhone, IPad mini
or whatever you use for a
Staying connected is a choice.
Choose to be connected, but manage your time
so that the connections pay off for you.
How lucky we are to have the world at our fingertips.
Labels: boomers, learning, social media, technology, travel, vacations, work