There is the chronological age, which is that which is defined by your date of birth, and by the number of times you have circled the sun since that date. But, in an environment as digital and connected as the one we live in today, that is no longer the only age you should take into account. Your technological age is also an important factor to keep in mind to better understand how you relate to your environment. Could you tell which one is yours?
We are going to introduce the inductive process to assert our own mental age, you can do it yourself, but if you are one of those who prefer things done, the people of ExpressVPN has prepared this test so you can find out what your mental age is.
To do it for yourself, the first thing you should do is propose a series of questions. Basically, your technological age will be determined by the way you relate to technology. What kind of technology do you use, what kind of programs and what kind of devices? That’s the first thing you should ask yourself to determine your technological age.
But in the question you should not only go back to the present, you will have to do a regression exercise and remember the objects and technological tools that have been part of your life since you were a child.
The next question to answer has to do with the generation of which you are a part. As is logical, the technological development of a group of people of a certain age group is closely related to the knowledge in that field of the previous generation. The advances are always based on the structures that were already present. Generally, the relationship that a person has with technology cannot be the same when that person lives in an era in which that technology is something omnipresent, than when it is not. Let’s take a couple of examples.
Generation Z —which is the one that is usually categorized between those born between 1997 and 2012, that is, people between 9 and 24 years old—, is a generation that has lived through the massive democratization of the Internet, and has been in contact with advances such as technology, online education, 3D printers or video call tools (to mention just a few things), in addition to everything that previous generations already had. The silent generation, on the other hand, which is the one made up of those born between 1925 and 1945 —ages between 75 and 95 years—, not only did not have the Internet and many of the other technologies that we have today (it was the generation of the boom of technologies such as the automobile, but in matters of communication, they followed the written media such as letters or postcards, and relationships and education were lived only from the face-to-face level). These technological circumstances, together with the rest of the experiences of the time, such as the political, social or economic context of that time, make up some individuals who have a very different access and ability to relate to technology. This plays an essential role in determining the technological age.
In a similar sense, another of the questions that we must ask ourselves is what type of exposure your environment closest to technology has. What kinds of experiences and interactions are typical of that environment?
The way your environment has of relating to technology and of educating/modeling you with respect to it determines your relationship with it: your preferences, your skills, your habits, your learning… And with it, also, the way you have of to do the things. Another example; a person in whose family the use of mobile phones until the age of 18, he will not have the same relationship with technology as another in which, since he was a baby, his parents allowed him to interact with a screen. The cognitive, educational, social and technical capacities of that person will be very different.
The last question has to do with your ability to use technology and the internet. Or what is the same, your level of digital literacy. The question would have to do with your ability to find, evaluate, and create or share information. That is, how you search for information, and what type of information you search for using technological tools such as the internet/apps or other types of software, and what use you make of that information.
With all this, you will be able to make a fairly accurate image of your particular situation with respect to technology, and with it, frame your technological age.