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Gen X: The Cro-Magnon of Digital Natives

Tom Kamber, Founder, Older Adults Technology Services
Fall 2017

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As members of the generation that straddles the inventions of the personal computer, video games, and the Internet, Gen Xers have a unique perspective on technology—comfortable using digital tools, while being aware of their limitations. Gen X evolved from uncritical optimism about technology to a more nuanced, outcomes-based understanding of its uses and value. This progression mirrors the development of strategies employed by Gen X nonprofit leaders as they have sought to apply technology solutions to challenges of aging and other social purposes. The work of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) is highlighted as an example of these trends.