To this extent I'm really interested to know how the age breakdown of people on the #Fediverse. On one hand it would seem to make sense to me that most people here remember the "old internet" before the centralization and they're here to rekindle that flame of independence. On the other hand the youths are generally pretty up on this whole technology thing. I grew up on the internet and since then smartphones have become even more ubiquitous.
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@mcneely Most are 41-60?!! I wasn’t expecting that! Cool, that is my group (but not for long, unfortunately)!
@tlsmith63 Im not *that* surprised considering a large part of the influx is academics and journalists. Not exactly groups that skew young.
@tlsmith63 @mcneely Napster Generation knows what’s up https://open.substack.com/pub/paninid/p/language-norms-art-technology-generational?r=4hxgy&utm_medium=ios&utm_campaign=post
@mcneely I cheated a bit as I'll move my bracket to 41 in less than a month. 😂
@Jewishreader considering that I just make up these options on the spot I think that's pretty fair. No one is going to mistake me for a demographer!
@mcneely wow, surprised (so far)
@mcneely looks like GenX is in the lead.
We also have a thing now called Xennial for those in the range of 1-2 years that feel like a foot in two gens, and that's cool too.
I'm pretty easy going about all things and ages and country of origin. Echo chambers suck. As long as people are cool and not a fascist, they're usually fine by me. 😊
@mcneely 'the youths are generally pretty up on this whole technology thing'
I try to be careful about the conclusions I drew from that sort of thought. I was talking to someone who teaches computer science at uni and they were saying they've needed to start teaching 1st year students about directory structures because that's not really part of how 'the youths' are interacting with software anymore. It's all searching and curated experiences on smart devices that hide that sort of detail away.
there have been a number of these age surveys tooted recently, in both English and German. One thing that is common to all of them is a *lot* (at least or slightly over half) of Fedi users are Gen X and next to that are Millenials (many of whom are in late 20s or 30s now), and the age range of Fedi users swings a lot older than might be expected for a "cool new thing" (there's a fair few Boomers on here as well, particularly from Northern Europe)
Gen Xer and new Mastodon-te here. I’ve been dinking around with tech stuff for fun since 1979, when my grade school put a TRS-80 in the library, and professionally since 1999, when a company thought I knew enough about Web stuff (actively making my own site since 1994 and sites for other people since 1996) to pay me for it.
I’m not surprised there are a lot of Xers here. We hit adulthood just as the Internet was getting big.
@drV @mcneely I was at an arcade a few years back. A child of about 10 sat beside me at a racecar game. She couldn't figure out how to interact with the game interface. No matter how much or where she was touching the video screen it wouldn't work for her....
That made me feel really old. It reminded me of that scene in Back to the Future II...if you're in my age range you probably know what I'm talking about!
@taco @drV @mcneely Can confirm, Gen Z and younger have zero arcade literacy and have to be explicitly told money goes in the slot here, press here if coin jams, here's how to even TELL if the coin's jammed, press this button to start etc; nobody showed them and none of it was written down (because why write it down when Everybody Knows) so they just don't know.
The things we don't write down and document because Why Bother Everybody Knows are exactly the things that 20 years later Nobody Knows
@ifixcoinops @taco @drV @mcneely whereas my mam (who can cope with tech, but not intuitively) documents every single possible step.
On moving roles, she would leave behind her (physical) notebook of instructions.
I always told her that she missed her true calling.
Thankfully my 3yr old niece is able to use a mouse as well as a touchscreen and likes the keyboard so much that we are getting her one as a gift.
Any recommendations on keyboards suitable for 4yr olds (can take crumbs, spillages etc)?
@DToher @taco @drV @mcneely We just told ours no food or drink near the computer, but if you see that coming up despite your best efforts I reckon the ideal method is several 50p charity shop keyboards so you can have a couple of backups ready to go. :)
My mam does the same thing. These days uses the computer so rarely that when she turns it on it queues a bunch of updates and when it's finally done the interface has changed for no particular reason. Computers: they're shite
@DToher @ifixcoinops @taco @drV @mcneely My idea is a keyboard cover but I don't know how practical that would actually be for a 4yo — my 3yo would have a lot of fun taking it off and playing with it!
You could also consider getting her a small mouse — some of the portable wireless ones are great for tiny kid hands.
Search for Sungwoo Foldable Silicone Keyboard on Amazon. It's fairly inexpensive at the moment and I can see it working well for a 4 year old and easy clean where crumbs and liquids shouldn't break it.
@ifixcoinops @taco @drV @mcneely To be fair, most of us GenZ-ers have never stepped foot into an arcade, having grown up with video game consoles. But there's still plenty of media around arcades. I think we'd figure out how to put a coin in the game.
That said, I did not know coins could jam. Like it makes sense but I've never considered it. How would you unjam the machine?
@Charlie @taco @drV @mcneely I have a massive thread incoming on the failings of American currency and how that affects jamming in mechanical coin mechs but tl;dr: machines in other countries don't jam, when an American machine jams press on the plastic of the coin slot or look for a round metal button nearby or underneath. If that doesn't work, call the dude over straight away before someone else puts money in and jams it up even harder. :P