Retirement Activities Computing

06_computers1My first exposure to computers was in an elective class I took in high school in the late sixties. The only thing I remember was the binary code, which was and probably still is the building block for programming. Today, we often talk about the Gen-xers who grew up in a world of computers, but it was their parents, the baby boomers, who brought that world into being. We were the generation that led the charge that is revolutionizing information and communication. Many of this boomer generation still don’t own a computer or know how it works. Of course, this opens the opportunity and challenge for those who have a passion and knowledge about computers.

We were early adopters of a home computer. My father became interested in computers in the mid-60s, a passion that continued until the end of his life. In fact, the last project he had was to get his little Apple computer user-friendly for my mother. Our family’s first computer was a converted Apple Lisa that was transformed into a Mac. The reason I’m sharing this story is in the late 1980s the aficionado was usually proficient in all aspects of the computer world. They understood the hardware and software and how they were integrated.

That world has completely changed. No one is an expert in all aspects of the computing revolution. It is an industry that continues to grow daily. For people who have the knowledge and passion for computers there are many opportunities to find ways to spend your time.

In leisure activities, we’ll make the distinction between an interest in computers versus using technology as a means to an end. I have a number of friends who play scrabble over the Internet. The focus is on the game, and the technology merely provides the vehicle. This can be true for people who communicate through a blog.

If you have worked in the computer industry, there are plenty of opportunities to continue in that field. It is now considered a field for young people who are swarming into the industry. Therefore, if you want to work in computers, you should have special skills that are related to the industry or can be applied in a new and compelling way.

There are a number of business opportunities in the computer industry for those who have the knowledge and interest. It is now a diversified world and you should focus on your area of expertise.

For many boomers, keeping young, staying connected and being informed require more knowledge of computers and information technology. The good news is there are ample places to learn about this ever-expanding world.


About Cathy Severson

Cathy Severson helps baby boomers find more meaning and purpose in their lives and work. Get your copy of her complimentary e-book Guide to Retirement Activities a comprehensive look at work, volunteering and leisure based on an individuals’ personalities. Call for a complimentary 20-minute consultation to answer your most pressing concern. 928.775.4949 or email Cathy at

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