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Are You a 21st Century Pioneer or Old Timer? | Mary Biever | One Writing Mother

Are You a 21st Century Pioneer or Old Timer?

Not quite ready for prime time 21st century jargon? Do you wonder what terms and customs mean?

2011. Old: say two thousand eleven for the year.  Younger: twenty-eleven.

Cloud. Old: cumulus clouds in the sky. Younger: opportunities for users to share files and programs over the Internet.

Easter egg. Old: a treat-filled egg found during a hunt at Easter. Younger: hidden treat that can be found in a movie, book, video, or computer game. It includes inside jokes or special treats for those who find them.

Email. Old: trendy way to communicate. Younger: text and dm more than email. If you send them email, make it short. Less is more. More is never read.

Handle. Old: used with your old CB radio. Younger: Twitter.

Hashtag. Old: possibly an illegal substance. Younger: conversation topic used globally on Twitter.

Interruption. Old: don’t look at that phone when I’m talking to you. Younger: check phones for texts, messages and more during real life conversation. This is their normal multitasking in a connected world. They set SmartPhones on the desk or table during meetings to use as needed. 

IRL. In real life. Acronym to distinguish from virtual world.

Mobile hotspot. Old: possible title on the cover of Cosmopolitan. Younger: device that lets you create a Wifi hot spot for other Wifi capable devices.

Pandora. Old: myth. Younger: music platform where you choose what you want to hear.

Talk to someone. Old: real live conversation. Younger: in real life or by way of Skype, chat, tweet, dm, or text.

Time. Old: watches and alarm clocks. Younger: phone. 

Tweet. Old: possible continence problem for perimenopausal women. Younger: verb form of how people communicate on Twitter.

What did you watch last night? Old: TV. Younger: ustream, Netflix, or Youtube on a computer, iPod, phone or iPad.

Work Day. Old: 9 to 5. Work and personal separate. Younger: Work may not be one job; it could be 2 or 3, and one of those could be being a solopreneur. Work  and personal merge into meeting the needs of both as needed, and sometimes with interruptions on both ends.

Your wallet or your phone? If a robber mugs you and asks, your wallet or your phone, old answer, phone. Younger: wallet. 

Younger or older, if you understand what others are thinking with certain terms, it will help us all work together as teams.

What other older/younger differences in terms do YOU see? Comment below.

3 Responses to “Are You a 21st Century Pioneer or Old Timer?”

  1. Amy January 7, 2011 at 10:23 am #

    I remember my Dad playing around with ham radios back in the late 70’s into the 80’s. So when asked what my “handle” was going to be for Twitter I immediately thought of my Daddy in his radio closet talking to people all over the world and constantly tuning. Now though it is so instant, not tuning required, lol.

    Love this list Mary!

  2. @DanaMNelson January 7, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    Thank you Mary for this guide for the Non-Digital-Native. I love your point at the end. “Younger or older, if you understand what others are thinking with certain terms, it will help us all work together as teams.” It is just as important for Digital Natives to understand and interpret what “older” people are talking about. I remember my younger son taking a visual test where he has to say this is to that as this is to that. He failed. But I asked to see the cards. They had cassette tapes and film rolls.

  3. Joel Yoder January 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    Although I fall under your “21st Century Pioneer” on almost every one of these cultural trends, I still will side on the “old” views on interruption.
    My belief is that texting/browsing while talking to someone is disrespectful, because it means that you care more about chatting with someone else than the person you are currently having a conversation with. The Remodernist in me can’t let go of the belief that values like respect carry more weight than multi-tasking or being “plugged-in.”

    Call me an old fogey!

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