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Data Sharing Among Different Generations

Daphne van Hesteren

While our youngest generation cannot imagine life without technology, social media, endless streams of information and the availability of data, our older generation sometimes struggle to keep up.1 Nevertheless, most older generations such as Gen X or baby-boomers are currently engaging in some form of technology and social media, such as reading news online, and are often active on social media platforms like Facebok.2

A major problem with reading online news, which goes for all generations, is that most people only read the headlines of the articles shared online. Additionally, research suggests that all generations have difficulties in distinguishing real news from fake news.3 However, our older generation is four times more likely to share fake news on Facebook than younger generation4.

The increase in data sharing that enables all people to have access to a massive stream of information can be beneficial for everyone. However, it is difficult to find and navigate your way through all available data. Drawing conclusions from data is a delicate task that not every online news channel or technology-struggler handles appropriately. Correctly interpreting and using data can especially be difficult for the elderly. How can we make sure that every generation feels invited and comfortable around online platforms, data and technology while ensuring that fake news and wrong conclusion are not formed or spread online?

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Data Sharing Among Different Generations
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