Not only that... I'm 43 and I consider myself a "Digital Native".
When you've been Digital Resident longer than many of these so-called Digital Natives have been alive, it's hard to take the term very seriously.
It's also easy to imagine how a 50-something might bridle under the 'tutelage' of a 25 year old. There's a lot to be said for a society that rewards innovation and youthful energy, but that doesn't mean there's no longer any reason whatsoever to venerate our elders. And I, for one, would not hesitate to remind any youngster of that, should circumstances require.
But it's true that we oldsters shouldn't just assume that we deserve respect by default. Not at all. I should earn it, by reminding these callow youths that hipster used to actually mean something, and that I knew Mick Jagger back when he wrote music, and not only did I have an Apple ][, but I rebuilt it on Saturdays just for fun, and that was a time when cars had exhaust and tires actually squealed, and the TV had channels, and a real man earned his stripes by dismantling one of those cathode ray tubes without dying in the explosion. And THAT was being a geek back then, so fuck you, you sniveling little runt, go climb back up your mother's vagina for a few more years until you're ready for this world. Fuck.
Or something like that. :-)