Rogers concludes what I knew all along. Boomers' "technology habits are not frozen in time. Boomers are thoughtful adopters who are open to new technologies that add value to their lives." We don't see ourselves as slow at adopting technology. However, we do think that manufacturers produce products that are excessively complex and have poor instructions.
AARP found that our generation is interested in some very cutting edge technologies.
- We would be willing to wear sensor-equipped exercise clothes, for example, to keep track of our physical condition and calories burned during workouts.
- We are willing to have our health records encoded electronically and maybe even to have a chip implanted with our health history.
- Boomers support online banking and are willing to see the mobile phone become both a credit card and cash equivalent.
- Our generation will also adopt "green" technologies en mass.
One example in the report said that Boomers will demand better security online and will pioneer the idea of true online Internet IDs, the electronic equivalent of driver's licenses or passports. I have great faith in the power of our generation not only to adopt new technologies, but to help influence them. And so I ask you, readers, do you think Boomers will continue to influence technology? Or will it pass them by?