The ‘terrifying truth’ about technology aversion: It means you’re getting older

An author asserts that the idea of new technology—from the telephone to Facebook—scares the hell out of the 30-and-older set because it means they’re aging. This offers a lesson for PR pros, young and old.

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Daniel H. Wilson, author of the recently released novel Robopocalypse, digs into this schism in a column for The Wall Street Journal.

Wilson contends that it’s not the new technology itself that we fear but rather the prospect of getting older—having to adapt to and learn a completely new form of technology from the ground up.

“The fear of the never-ending onslaught of gizmos and gadgets is nothing new. The radio, the telephone, Facebook—each of these inventions changed the world. Each of them scared the heck out of an older generation. And each of them was invented by people who were in their 20s.”

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