Yes, this is an extremely general question, but here’s my angle – I’m interested to see what are the earliest memories people have of adopting technology, and what caused them to do so. I want more than general answers – which will require some interviewing skillz, but well, that’s what I’m supposed to develop, no?
The target audience for this is people who started using computers or technology (and I’m using these terms interchangeably now, but will settle on one based on the output of my interviews) around the early 90’s when they began to be more accessible and ubiquitous. But I also know a few people who are late adopters – and this might be the more interesting group.
I plan on interviewing different people and asking questions like:
- What is your earliest memory of using a computer?
- Is there a ‘one event’ or ‘one person’ who inspired them/made them/helped them use the technology?
- What made them take that step?
- What helped you overcome that ‘fear’ of technology?
- How has the way you were introduced to computers/technology changed or affected the way you help others start using technology?
And so on. My expectation is to hear about teachers, parents, friends, competition, envy, ambition, need, etc., that made them take that step – I’m interested to see how that occurred. And how that translates into their helping people learn today. AND, how that leads to their ‘tech identity’ today.
As I mentioned earlier, this does seem broad, but I was to start and see where it takes me. Look for my first interview later today/early tomorrow!