22 year olds should design everything.
I am just 22 years old and I’ve decided that’s the first line on my resume. I turned 22 just a few days ago and it was an opportunity to reflect. I decided we live in an oligarchic society ruled by just a few men with receding hairlines. This is not meant to be an insult to anyone, but more an acknowledgment that the past is holding us back.
For me to move forward at the speed I’d like, I would have to dye my hair gray…but I’d still look like I’m 15. So I’ll just need to rail at the system that puts old people in charge of what gets designed and sold to everyone.
Who decided it would be that way? Wait, I know. Old guys.
Email is so yesterday
My experience shows met that the people in charge are often scared to learn about new technology, try out new software, know the latest trends, or accept new ideas. I think of the tools I use at work and I know Prezi would be better than PowerPoint…but no one else would adopt it and I’d be an island. Why do we use email? Wouldn’t it be far easier to use a professional site like Facebook where social interaction and messages are in a single place, making it easy for collaboration and transparency? At work, I use tibbr, but so many people are stuck on email regardless of the better tools available.
I could go on about the youngsters who changed the world. That would include names like Mark Zuckerberg, Sean Parker and the like, but has anyone heard of V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai who started working on the idea of email when he was only 14? Email was born in 1981, the brain child of a 14-year-old kid. That surprises but even more surprising is the fact that we still use his invention so many years later only because it is the lowest common denominator of communication. There are better tools, but not better tools that everyone can use. Email has grown old with its users. And there we stay.
The young and the restless
Let’s let 22-year-olds design our world with the tools of today. Businesses won’t adapt or adopt quickly enough otherwise. People of my generation don’t need training on social platforms that many people are trying to figure out. We mastered them because our brains aren’t stuck on anything older. We don’t have the limitation of past experience.
With that said, I understand fully that we need to be able to bridge the gap between the young and the old. Experience, matched with being technologically savvy is a perfect combination. I would never write off the experience a manager brings to the job, as that kind of expertise comes with age and hard-work . But we cannot ignore the expertise of those Facebook kids with a million friends. Face it – they have a better brand than many businesses.