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Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

March 10, 2010

dog tricksThey say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I don’t know about dogs, but I do know that you can teach old cats new tricks. I’ve done it.

So, why not people?

I know several people in their 60s who continually find ‘new’ ways to do ‘old’ things by using new technology. And, I have a grandfather in his 80s who just bought his first Mac, recently joined Facebook, and is now videoconferencing (via iChat) with my parents and me. And, by the way, he’s not in the least bit worried that he doesn’t fit the typical demographic segment partaking in social media.

So, when I hear people in the corporate world saying we can’t do this or that because our primary audience is middle-aged and won’t embrace the technology because, of course you know, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” I just don’t buy it.

Just because someone falls into a particular age group does not automatically mean their luddites. It means we shouldn’t be judging a book by its cover. (Guess it’s time to pull out all the idioms, huh?)

Why not teach an old dog new tricks? After all, he’s probably bored with the ones he knows and would appreciate some variety.

Agree? Disagree? Why or why not?

Image credit: webecho

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