My kids grew up with iMacs. Apple is the only type of computer I’ve ever owned. I was talking to my son and I was telling him about last week when my husband didn’t know how to take a screen shot and asked me for help with basic tasks.
My kids are millennials — born in the years from 1981 to 1996 — my daughter being born at the tail end.
My son said that not only are boomers (referring to me and my husband) not great with computers, zoomers are also inept.
What’s a zoomer? It’s a new term I learned from my son for Gen Z. They were born in the mid-to-late 1990s up until early 2010s. (Technically my daughter could be a millennial or a zoomer.)
Case in point, my son said his wife’s youngest sibling (yes they are married!) is a zoomer. He graduated college in June. My son asked him to get a workout spreadsheet from his laptop.
“It’s on the desktop in a folder,” my son explained.
“Where’s the desktop? What’s a folder?” was the zoomer’s reply.
Wouldn’t you think that young people who literally grew up with technology would know how to use computers? According to my son, zoomers are used to doing everything on phones — which work entirely different than laptops or desktops.
I googled it and discovered this to be true.
What’s your experience with zoomers and computers? Do you find it strange that zoomers are not as computer literate as the generation before them?