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Old 02-04-2010, 02:33 PM
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Yes, what you say is true. I worked in the advertising and radio business for quite a few years so I'm well aware of demographics. I'd have to give some thought to whether I'm terribly brand loyal of not. I do try new products such as shampoos, beauty products, etc. It's a mistake on their part in some ways, because boomers are the one demo that have more money to spend or at least we used to
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Old 02-04-2010, 08:25 PM
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What you have to relise is that many bommers ahve retired ;many like myself eraly. That means that we have alwasy woirekd our life arounf work to get evrything doem. Now we find that we have time for so many things inclding interent usage. I for example never spent much time before I retiured on the internet. Maybe one hour a week.Its just as I use to hate going to the strore because it took time I wanted to do other thngs.My wife and I actaully don't devide choires but have the time to do things like shop together now.I use the internt alot for projects and things i am doing also. Have time the first tiem in my life to actually visit forums like this.
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:56 AM
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I've known a lot of boomers who are technophobic. I have a relative who won't go farther than sending email on her computer, can't send a text on her phone.

I'm 58 and starting using computers using DOS. Got my first computer in 91 and the internet soon after with a modem. Did my first webpage using code. I've been hooked on the internet since I first started using it. Have been on forums since 1997.
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Old 02-05-2010, 01:27 PM
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I was using a huge computer in 1974 and thought it was a weird typewriter. It was a character generator- you entered in $---- captions and subheadings for news reports and rebroadcast it over a taped program.
I remember the guy who serviced the computer setup made $150/hour. In 1974.
I got a Mac in 1987, got online in 1996. I resist technology until I see a need for it. Didn't have a TV from leaving home at 18 until someone gave me an old black-and-white 17 years later. I just didn't see the point (and worked at a TV station for six years in the 1970s!). I was working a side job online for seven years, which ended in 2004- got cable then for baseball and must admit I watch too much now- mostly news, documentaries and... HGTV.
I am considered an expert for the new electronc medication charting at my job (a very clunky program). If I am the expert, we're all in trouble. But the program is junk.
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Old 02-10-2010, 01:24 PM
Location: Lakewood OH
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Originally Posted by CarolinaWoman View Post
So many of the baby boomers started out with computers before the internet, before Windows, before Internet Explorer ... I still have a book with all my DOS commands ... remember c:\ ... then came Windows ... modems ... 56k dial-up internet and actually Netscape beat Gates out on the first browser and Yahoo was long before Google. And then ... Bill Gates just got richer and richer. LOL
My company like many other insurance companies still use a DOS program called either ClaimFacts or GroupFacts. It was born in the 70's and still going strong with little enhancement.

The young'uns who were raised on Windows and mice are terrified of it.
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Old 02-10-2010, 04:46 PM
Location: State of Being
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Maybe it is b/c of the industry I am in, but I am a Boomer and everyone who I am close to (who is a Boomer) is actually quite in love with technology, lol! I bought my first computer in 86 and then got on Macs in 1989 and have been on them ever since. I was hooked up to the net in 1993, back when things were really rudimentary (gophers, veronica) and have watched the developments with a lot of excitement.

Maybe there are Boomers out there who are technophobes, but my friends were amongst the first to buy iPods, iPhones, laptops . . .

My son said that in one of his college classes, there was a lot of discussion about how lame Boomers are in re: to technology and I found that quite puzzling. Sure isn't what I have experienced. Just bought myself a new Mac last month . . . and I tweet to promote my business (and clients) daily.
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Old 02-10-2010, 05:10 PM
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I also notice that bomers are less likely to be gamers whie the young really use their computers alot for that . I know they can do so on the internet but it seems most don't.
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