I never got this question. If you don’t have a practical use for technology, in work for instance, then you’re probably going to stay away from it. WE LEARN WHAT WE’RE FORCED TO USE.
Older folks typically fall into the technology intimidation group. Retired from work, they have no reason to be constantly connected.
I would say, however, that Apple killed the technology fear factor some. The iPad and iPhone excite everyone because they’re intuitive to use and incredibly powerful machines.
You’re never intimidated by technology or anything for matter if you have to use it to survive. The disillusionment becomes apparent when we disconnect on purpose and see no more reason to learn. The intimidation comes from being out of touch, by choice.
But even if you do zone out, today’s technology makes it ever easier to catch up. My theory is that because all forms of communication and entertainment have now converged into one device (email, social media, music, movies, reading, writing, etc) that it’s going to be harder to pull people away from technology than it is to get them to readopt it. Technology is a need, not a want.