Technologies are evolving at such a rate it almost makes it impossible to notice the lasting effects this has on different generations. By surveying 20 anonymous people from two different age groups (Under and over 30’s), using the same questions regarding technologies, common different opinions emerge from different generations.
It is by using this information that an insight into the influence these new technologies over time, such as smart phones, can be established. This blog post will reveal some of the more common answers from each age group for each question and explore these results. (All surveys were signed with consent for results to be published).
From the results of Question 1, it becomes clear that majority of the younger group (Group 1) are on their phone for more than an hour each day, some even more than 4 hours, while Group 2 are for less than 30 minutes.
From Question 2, it shows that Group 1 tend to use their phones more at night, potentially cutting into sleep thus negatively impacting sleep patterns, while Group 2 use their phone in the morning, perhaps due to work reasons.
With Question 3, Group 1 found that their social events were highly impacted by smartphone use, with 100% saying it was at least of some issue. Group 2 had many different opinions for this one, however were still less effected than Group 1.
From Question 4, I can be seen that Group 1 have high levels of anxiety when without their phone, while Group 2, while still experiencing it, had significantly less.
Question 5 revealed that majority of Group 1 feel comfortable, while majority of Group 2 feel discomfort with how quick technologies are evolving. This is important to note the different psychological feelings of generations towards the same topic.
Question 6 showed that all of Group 1 felt somewhat confident, while Group 2 revealed some hesitation, demonstrating furthermore the divide in opinions of evolving technologies.
As it can be seen from these results, it is mostly the younger generation that feel the biggest impact both socially and psychologically from these emerging technologies, while it is the older age group that feels anxious for the future. From this, we need to question the severity of the impacts of these technologies using opinions from a cross section of the population, rather than let them go unnoticed as our society changes. Furthermore, it is by using this information that we, as designers, can speculate on potential future scenarios based on the difference in behaviours and values between a generational age gap.
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