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Baby Boomers face the evolution of technology

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Ever feel like the world is passing you by? It’s easy enough when you consider that Baby Boomers, born between the late 40’s and early 60’s, have witnessed technologically enhanced change at the most rapid rate than ever before.

When as kids Baby Boomers listened to their parents’ and grandparents’ stories of walking five miles to school through ten feet of snow, to tales of getting around on horseback and horse-drawn carriages, to the new-fangled hand-cranked cars and ultimately the gas-fueled cars and, whoaaa, even air planes! These kids thought of their forbears as if they had roamed the alongside dinosaurs.

Baby Boomers are quickly becoming the new “dinosaurs”, living longer and enjoying technology – more or less.

Since the beginning of the Baby Boomer generation to today, consider what they’ve faced and bear witness to this abbreviated walk down memory lane:

  • From the Wright Brothers‘ biplane to jets and Concords to walking on the moon and exploration of Mars and beyond.
  • From the Salk to Sabin polio vaccine and innumerable other breakthroughs in science and medicine.
  • From the invention of black-and-white television to color to HD to cable, to DVR, to Netflix, On Demand, and watching on computers, notebooks, iPads and some even on wristwatches.
  • From listening to music on AM radio to FM, from hi-fi to stereo, to VHS and videos to iPods and iPads to YouTube and everywhere.
  • From operator-assisted telephones and party lines to dial phones, princess phones and touch-dialing to digital, mobile and cell phones and video phones (Skype, Facetime).
  • From the IBM UNIVAC computers to punch cards to electronic and transistorized computers to desktops and laptops to notebooks and notepads. And what about the Internet and all those www’s and email?
  • From no social media to My Space to FaceBook, Pinterest and thousands of other venues.

And the list goes on and on.

Thank G-d for the kids and grandkids who patiently assist with new technology!

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