Everyday Ageism

Everyday Ageism: FEMAIL columnist CHRISTA D’SOUZA, 59, argues against giving into the myth that younger people are smarter at using technology

  • Christa D’Souza, 59, admits she asks younger people for help with technology 
  • However, she refuses to give into the myth that ‘Young People Are Just Smarter’
  • FEMAIL columnist claims children should fall over backwards to help out

It’s the last tolerated prejudice. But Femail’s had enough. it’s time we called out those day-to-day moments when we’re patronised for no longer being young …

Ever had a problem with your phone and automatically looked for a younger person to help you out? Don’t worry, me too; in fact, I do it all the time. Out of laziness, primarily. I also do it out of a dull (and flawed) acceptance that because I am not a digital native, ergo, I must be stupider around tech than anyone who is. It’s such an easy form of everyday ageism to buy into.

Christa D’Souza, 59, (pictured) argues younger people aren’t smarter, although she automatically turns to them for help with gadgets

But I’m not sure any more if I can take that teenage eye roll and that patronising: ‘Give it to me, Mum, it’ll take too long to explain.’

Let’s face it, I’ve been using computers for a lot longer than my kids. If I give in to the myth that ‘Young People Are Just Smarter’, as once uttered by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, I’m just perpetuating the myth.

Our phones are designed to be the easiest things in the world to use, therein lies their success. We can do it without the help of younger people, if we give it time and effort.

And if something foxes us, we should expect our children to fall over backwards to help out. Who paid for all the sophisticated tech they own in the first place?

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