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A Theory on Why People React Differently to Technology

Seblogging: Reactions to technologies

After the recent discussion on the last post, I thought this was interesting and a little funny. It's Douglas Adams personal theory about why different people react so differently to technology:

I've come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.

Updated: By the way, I just turned 31, so I've got four more years hang on to the exuberance.