Another topic covered in Accidental Tech Podcast which left me wondering myself…
The question posed was about how the younger generation don’t have basic troubleshooting skills (or at least one of their kids).
The point they made was that for many of us, we grew up as computers came into being, our parents didn’t know anything about them so if there was an issue you had to work it out yourself and through doing that you learned how to fix things. For us… we are the tech nerds so tend to fix things for other people, including our children meaning they haven’t had to learn for themselves.
Thinking about my own kids and it’s about right. My oldest (who is 12) has very little idea. His first instinct is to come to me and say ‘thing xx doesn’t work’. No details on what’s happening, no idea on what else is running, no idea of there is a common cause or anything. If I’m lucky he’s rebooted the PC or deleted the steam game and re-downloaded it, further than that he’s pretty much lost. I do try and push him to understand what I’m looking for or how I’m fixing things but he has close to zero interest.
For those people with kids, is this a common problem?
For the younger people, how much do you really know?