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“Too slow old man" - are you automatically past it once you hit 50? The thoughts of a Grumpe oulfella.
My kids hate me having the TV remote control. They reckon I haven't a clue how to use it and I take ages to change channel / volume or record / recall a TV show! As for my smart 'phone, they just despair at the thought …"like what's the point, you haven't a clue". When it comes to social media the level of their embarrassment hits the stratosphere at the thoughts of their parents "liking" or "sharing" posts. If I ever ask for help on how the latest device or App works, they just say, "give it here & I'll do it – you wouldn't understand"! Bottom line is that in their opinion, we're just too old, too slow and we just don't get it!
They sit watching the TV or laptop while plugged into their 'phones, thumbs working away furiously texting, (r shud dat b txtn? - after all, let's not waste time typing extra characters)! For them, everything needs to be "on demand, always on and available everywhere". They can't wait, their attention span is short, they want it, they want it now, and once consumed, it's "next"! According to an article in The Telegraph in May 2015, a Microsoft study of 2,000 Canadians showed that the average human attention span has fallen from 12 seconds in 2000, (around the time the mobile revolution began), to eight seconds. Goldfish, meanwhile, are believed to have an attention span of nine seconds.
So what does this mean in the context of going to college as a mature student? Well, I think that to survive in the environment of working and studying with people that may be a lot younger than you, it is important to understand that they do things in a way that is natural to them but which might seem alien to you. For example, the first time we were presented with a task in class, I saw my fellow students racing off typing, texting, tweeting and posting like mad yokes, I thought to myself... oops, I'm in the wrong place here because I cant keep up with that pace. But you know what? When the exercise was finished, we had all ended up in more or less the same place.
So don't get intimidated by things that are new or different. Things are different – that doesn't always mean that they are better, and it doesn't mean that you can't cope. Keep an open mind, keep trying, have faith in your ability and you'll get there.
P.S. I still haven’t mastered the remote control, ... but I've hidden it on the kids!