Anyone can use technology and it is up to the user how they want to utilize it. I did not agree with Prensky's view and the correlation of technology capabilities and with birth year. As educators, we are lifelong and master learners and we are supposed to be that positive reinforcement in students' lives that they are capable of learning and mastering many things that may seem. And our students aren't just limited to those that are 12-18. Everyone is capable of learning and his view goes against my belief of learners. But Dr. White I am in agreement with and he believes that everyone has the ability to learn.
Most people do fall into one of these categories and people approach technology differently. When I think of my mom and her approach to just learning basic technology concepts and she does it, it's a disaster. She asks me the same questions every couple days and it not absorbing the information she is learning. While my dad, when I sit down with him to teach him, he takes notes and never has to ask me a question twice. But the difference is (and Prensky would disagree with me), it's not because of my parents' ages, as one is understanding more readily than the other and my mom is 5 years younger, they are just different types of learners. Age has nothing to do with stumping your ability to learn material and technology. But I would classify my parents as visitors; they do not depend on technology daily and could go without it while most young people are definitely residents; they can barely make it an hour without their phone. My internet was out at my school site for 3 days last semester and life was a struggle for those school hours when I couldn't access my class sites.
This was an amazing presentation on how different people approach technology.