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There is a direct relationship between the age of technology adopters, and the age of the actual technology that is adopted. This correlation can be seen repeatedly in every country. It also depends on certain cultural aspects as well.|
In America, it is only in the last ten years or so has the technology of the Internet diffused enough into general society that you see older people online. First young students, then their parents, and then grandparents. For an older generation to adopt the use of new technology, there needs to be personal reasons for them to do so. In the case of the Internet, the ease of Email technology has now superseded the use of writing letters through the mail. Most people will write email, and answer it these days. To my knowledge, very few people write letters anymore. Yet as little as ten years ago, this was the method most people used to communicate long distance besides the phone.
In the case of China, it is clear that the diffusion and ready access to technology like the Internet is still an ongoing process. Based on the increasing access, I think you will see more and more older people accessing it as time goes by. It has to be easy to use, and become an everyday sort of technology. Then you will see a larger age difference. This is exactly how it was in America over the last 10 years or so. First young people, then older.
Other immediate historical examples of the way technology affects the average persons life besides the mail and computers is, telephones, typewriters, pagers, radio telephones, cell phones, television, VCR's, record players, tape-players, cd players, DVD players, ARPAnet, BBS's, FIDO net, USEnet, Internet, to name only a few. A historical look at any of these will show you how a group of people first see, use, and finally accept them as everyday items until they are replaced by a newer technology. ( This applies to all things, historically speaking.)
It is also interesting to note, that all these technologies interrelate to the ability to communicate, and entertain. The more closely they interrelated, and the simpler they are to use, the faster they are adopted.
For me, the age of the poster does not concern me, it is the quality of their thoughts, or the subject, that determine my interest in their posts. Everyone has been young, and will become older. Each of us must learn, when we are introduced to something new. I think it would be a mistake to characterize an entire country based on the posting of the young, middle aged, or old. (you may safely assume I am not talking about the questionable people who are on line, who are simply the same questionable people we meet in our daily lives. One would not characterize a country, or group of people by them either).
As for age being a factor in posts, clearly it must, as age might determine how much a person knows or has learned. On the other hand, one can be quite young, and have a lot more knowledge about a particular subject than many other older people. The ability to communicate effectively is something that requires time. Some people are better at it than others, no matter the age group. I know few older people who could learn a lot more about communicating. And some younger people who blow me away with their abilities.