"Don't trust anyone over 30"
This doesn't apply to everyone, but it applies to a large enough slice of the general population.
Most people over 30 have lost the capacity to learn anything new.
They keep on doing what worked in the past, even though it doesn't work any more. If it's not working, its because they're "not doing it right", not because it no longer works
Most people over 30 have lost the ability to ready anything more complicated than the daily newspaper or a romance novel.
Asking them to RTFM is pointless. They need a seminar to spoon-feed them. Power-point slides. Group play-sessions. 3 days for what can be gleaned in 20 minutes from a book.
Most people over 30 have lost the ability to change routines
Even if its spoon-fed to them via a seminar, or tapes, or mentors or coaches, without constant reinforcement, they end up going back to their former routines.
Most people over 30 will spend more time rationalizing why they can't do something than it would take to just do it
"I'm too busy right now." "I have to prepare for it." "It won't work." "It's too hard." "I'm thinking about it." "I need this, this and this first." "Something came up." "Something might come up."
Most people over 30 act like the first step is the whole journey
Gotta lose some weight? Somehow the act of buying a treadmill is sufficient for the fat to magically disappear. Gotta pick up some sales? Somehow, thinking about going to see customers is sufficient. Gotta stop smoking? Pay someone else for hypnotherapy, acupuncture, seminars - and when it doesn't work, its not your fault.
A few recent conversations again brought this whole mess to the fore. Informal useabilty testing - all the complaints were from the over-30 crowd. For example - "It would help if there were some on-screen instructions" (there WERE on-screen instructions, but nobody over 30 bothered to read them
As to why someone didn't do something they were supposed to - if the person is over 30, I don't even bother to listen any more - I now assume it won't get done. Surprise me!
I could go on, but you get the point
It justs sucks that the best interactions in 3D are with people half my age, because they're still on the ball, plugged into what's going on in the general world