The Burden of My Generation

Here’s a little secret: I am a faux techie. It seems to me that everyone in my generation has their cyber fingers in more than one technical pie. iPhones, Twitter, Skype, Facebook, Droids, blogging, Dreamweaver, Photoshop…the list is exhaustive. Just because I am one of the special Millenials that has never breathed a molecule of oxygen that didn’t touched a computer, I am supposed to be tech savvy. But, like a Twinkie that can’t pass for a pastry [and here’s the part where I share unnecessary information with you, the omnipresent reader] I am not a tech guru.

No, I am not expected to be able to whip up a website concoction in under thirty minutes. But it is surmised –nay, assumed– that I can figure out the world of CSS editing, Twitter, and Photoshop. Oh, I can bumble my way through it and probably produce a decent attempt that represents the Millennials mildly well. But ask me to format a fancy blog? Create one of those special black-and-white photos with red accents? Forget about it.

I’m like the common Jack of most trades. I can fix your window latch, paint your fence, and put up your pictures. But I cannot install your cable, route your electricity to your man lair, or build you a eco-friendly tree house. And please don’t ask me.

I don’t care for Twitter because the hash marks remind me of expectant restaurant tickets, the @’s are not grammatically correct, and the retweets bring to mind reheated songbirds. Does this mean I am not a part of my generation’s public path to self-discovery? Will I miss out in the important technological rites to adulthood?

The stress of my lacking technical skills will get to me one day. Like clogged arteries and spider veins, it will catch me. Until then, I will continue to blunder my way through each daily challenge in hopes of understanding it.

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2 Comments to “The Burden of My Generation”

  1. I totally agree with you! I have never been able to jump on twitter. The @ signs drive me crazy, and I just really don’t want to know what people are doing all the time.

    I think that it is ok to be the way that you are. There are some things about communication that cannot be conveyed with recent technology.

  2. I don’t like it when people assume I know how to do things on computers either. Although I remember when computers were only something you saw in businesses, I still find myself bunched in with the tech savvy generation.

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