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I'm absolutely fuming right now having read a post online that's entitled "When I see my parents start to type in 'www'" .  One of the comments said You've got to feel for these kids.  They've got such a tough life and their parents' lack of understanding of how the Internet works must be a real burden to them.  We should all have a bit of sympathy and try to understand how they feel.

The Facebook generation - to them us oldies are just an embarrassment...

Yeah right!  I'm in my mid forties now and I often start by typing in www or http into the address bar.  Come to think of it from my perspective it wasn't all that long ago when this was absolutely necessary.  Kids these days seem to think they invented the Internet.  The Facebook generation reckon they've got it all sewn up, to them us oldies are just an embarrassment.  Well to hell with you lot!  You know nothing!

According to some of the other comments on this post, they shake their head and they "face palm" when they see someone older typing in "www..." Well I've got news for you junior, it wasn't all that long ago when that was exactly what you HAD to do.  These few years that are the basis of your life experience so far are just a drop in the ocean to people my age, and of course your long suffering parents!

Do you start by typing in www? My son is 19 now and I remember as if it was yesterday, rocking him to sleep with my left foot whilst I chatted to people on IRC via Telnet over a 14.4Kb dialup connection.  That was state of the art back then and half the kids in that forum probably weren't even born!  Google and Yahoo didn't exist, Microsoft still thought DOS ruled the world and thankfully - there was also no Facebook!

Things change quickly in the world of technology so let's see if they're still so smug ten or twenty years from now when the shoe is on the other foot.


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Stalag14

Stalag14

"Facebook now worth $200 billion
Facebook (FB, Tech30) is now worth more than $200 billion, surpassing that level for the first time on Monday.
September 9, 2014: 11:54 AM ET"

Why has such a load of junk, that makes nothing, and depends on people posting every intimate detail and drivel about their boring life, which is of no interest to anyone except themselves, got to be worth so much?
All smoke and mirrors!
Stalag14
2nd Dec 14 19:10

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SallyB

SallyB

Yes, I remember having to write programs in FORTRAN - which was hard because because I couldn't understand a word the lecturer was saying. I ended up buying a few books and eventually passed the exam. I do remember it being very logical and you had to consider every single comma.
SallyB
16th Dec 13 10:01

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witsend

witsend

Great post. I totally agree, in fact the Internet was invented by people (not just Tim Berners-Lee he did the TCPIP bit) older than me and I'm 57.

Whilst on the subject it’s the same for all technologies in use today including tablets, mobiles and games consoles. The technology used has been developed over decades and indeed the fundamental ideas are still very much in use. Take a car for instance it has the same basic structure in terms of shape and engineering as first developed by MB over 100 years ago. True components have been improved over the years but the same invention is there at the core.

Indeed modern cars have been development by people over the age of 40, along with consoles, mobiles, computers and even software (including modern social media sites). Even games software is being written by an older generation.

I work on the Eurofighter team and we average 50 years old, yet we have built the Worlds most advanced fighter aircraft. We are crying out for young engineers to come and join the party but they don't have the skills any more.

So if you're young, listen to your elders and learn from them and one day you may be able to take the World forward in quantum leaps as we have done for you.
witsend
10th Dec 13 14:09

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Nickname

Nickname

You can't base the whole generation on a handful of people, that's unfair.
Nickname
4th Nov 13 22:53

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Samson (Delilah's too busy to post)

Samson (Delilah's too busy to post)

Facebook was sent to this world from the very depths of hell by the Devil himself (or herself if you're a divorced man).
I've never heard so much negative press associated with one web portal as I have with Facebook. There is bullying, suicide, murder, infidelity, all of which can be directly attributed to it. People have lost their jobs, had relationships destroyed, sued and been sued all over the inane ramblings on this diseased platform.
i've never been a member and never will be but it is almost the case now that I am unable to realise many consumer offers etc. because I'm not on it.
"Like us on Facebook to receive an additional 10% discount" etc.
It seems that the world has an obsession with this thing. Call someone a pervert etc.? That's fine! Call them anything you want actually but for God's sake don't 'delete' them on Facebook. That's the cardinal sin these days that's guaranteed to provoke a strong reaction.
Of course yes, I do accept it isn't the site itself that does these things. I know it is the people using it, but I am certain the world would be a more harmonious place without it.
Samson (Delilah's too busy to post)
28th Oct 13 14:43

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The Good Days

The Good Days

Bring back the 70's! Forget FB and spend time enjoying good music which has lasted decades and will go on to be one of the best ever!

People want too much these days, I was lucky to have a nice pair of trainers for my Birthday. I'm middle aged and quite glad that I'm not a teenager today.
The Good Days
22nd Oct 13 22:40

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Nick

Nick

Yeah Facebook's money should be given to websites such as Wikipedia that do contribute to this world. The facebook generation is a bunch of young lads who don't know how to spell, have minimal communication skills, know fook all and do fook all but all think they're cool.
Nick
22nd Oct 13 09:33

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Close it Down

Close it Down

Facebook has added no value whatsoever to the world in which we live. The web pages created by Facebook users are a waste of space, wholly unprofessional and lacking in content.
Close it Down
21st Oct 13 15:08

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Nick

Nick

The facebook generation are a useless pile of shlt and should be sent to Afghanistan to clear landmines for our troops.
Nick
7th Oct 13 11:33

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Leeds Jack

Leeds Jack

I'm confused about what boblet is saying as well. FBLover. Well you can keep that pile of crap.
Leeds Jack
7th Oct 13 00:14

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Wilhelm

Wilhelm

Boblet, who do you mean? Could you be more specific about who you do not understand?
Wilhelm
2nd Oct 13 19:22

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boblet

boblet

I am obliged to you WB for your post. However I must say without any nastyness whatsoever I do not understand a word of it. It is similar to me explaining to you that the Z960 russian plungers are crazed & will require some fettling before firing.
boblet
2nd Oct 13 12:14

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charmbrights

charmbrights

Back in 1958 I started to write my first programme (and it's almost working !) </oneupmanship>. There is a sign in a Llandudno pub which sums it all up perfectly from my 75-y-o perspective: TEENAGERS Tired of being harassed by your parents? ACT NOW!! Move out, get a job, pay your own way, whilst you still know everything!!
charmbrights
2nd Oct 13 09:48

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Wilhelm

Wilhelm

My concern with young people is the free and easy way they have been conditioned by things like facebook and twitter to divulge every single piece of information about themselves. Thirty years from now young people may have no concept of privacy and discretion. It seems to me that the younger generation have handed their souls over to google for the latest justin beiber single.
Wilhelm
2nd Oct 13 01:50

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Wilhelm

Wilhelm

FBLover, please be more moderate with your language, never throw an insult unless you have FIRST been insulted yourself.
Wilhelm
2nd Oct 13 01:40

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