Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things


I’m in my early-40s. I’ve often wondered if we would end up better at accepting the pace of change of technology than previous generations, like rapid change was just part of the landscape we grew up with, or if we were more like previous generations… as Douglas Adams (awesome technophile and Apple fan) summarised:

“I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:
1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
2. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
3. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.” Kirk

Well yes, as we get older, we get more comfortable with our environment and are more resistant to change. But that’s the key word – change. Think about whether change is imposed or voluntary. We resent imposed change. As for voluntary change, there’s the type where someone shows you something and you have to decide whether you’ll change. Then there’s the type where you see something and have to decide whether you’ll change. Basically the same thing except for the “someone”. If someone shows you something, we often feel like it would be an imposed change because we’re doing something that someone else suggested.

As we get older, our resistance to change is effectively the same as show me something that will be better than what I’ve got AND that’s worth the effort needed to make the change. Younger people don’t seem to worry as much about the effort to change. We more mature, cough cough, folks know how much effort it takes and may not want to invest that effort or time. Bob

So true.

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