The truth is that up till now I had never read an ebook, nor had the inclination to read one. But, eventually, we all (or most of us) have to face up to progress. In my case it was the gift of an ebook, from a contributor to The Writer’s Drawer. I duly accepted the gift by clicking on “Accept gift,” but then I was stuck. Not having a kindle, I was going to have to read it somehow on my PC. But how?
At a loss, I waited a week until my son turned up. I grabbed him and explained my problem. With that impatient “look” of my son’s generation which says everything about their dinosaur parents (“Aw, c’mon, Mum, it’s not that complicated”), he sat down and began fiddling with keys and windows. After a few minutes and a barked, “What’s your login and password?” he had downloaded the book on the application KindleforPC.
It doesn’t matter that he’d never done this before. For him it was just downloading another application. There is no fear that he’s going to do any damage, no hesitation; he doesn’t get stuck. It doesn’t work this way? Then try another. Fingers fly over keys; windows open and close; problem solved in the end. Open and shut case.
Although my son’s generation was not born with an iPhone in their hands, as the latest generation seem to be (just look into a pram sometimes and you’ll see the tiniest babies playing with their parents’ hi-tech gadgets), they were introduced to computers at a young age and grew up along with the latest technology, adapting to it seamlessly. Not us dinosaurs, who began learning computers near or into adulthood. This has been a steep learning curve and many of us are increasingly lagging behind. But, I ask, what is it going to be like in 20 years when those babies become adults? Are my son and his generation going to be able to keep up with developments? Or are they are also, in their advanced years, going to be the recipients of that “look” which my son directed at me?