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Basic Trope: Young people struggle to use and comprehend (or are completely unaware of) older forms of technology.

  • Straight: Alice, a 22-year-old intern at Trope Co. Inc., doesn't know how to send a fax, seeing as by the time she got to High School, faxing was mostly obsolete.
  • Exaggerated: Alice doesn't even know what a computer is (much less how to use one), even though her smartphone and tablet are computers.
    • Anything that's other than the latest and greatest technology is completely unfamiliar to Alice - cassette tapes, CDs, MP3 players, flip-phones - she doesn't know about any of it.
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  • Downplayed: Alice is unfamiliar with old technology, but nobody really makes a big deal about it and she easily finds ways around it.
  • Justified: Alice was never taught how to fax, since by the time she got to High School, people sent documents as email attachments, or even through cloud-based file-sharing services; faxing was (mostly) obsolete.
  • Inverted: Alice calls up her adult children every night to ask them how to use The Google.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice eventually figures out the fax machine.
    • In a story set back in 1994, Alice doesn't know how to program her VCR to record her favorite show.
    • Alice is just Hopeless with Tech in general.
  • Double Subverted:
    • She sends the fax to the wrong person, or accidentally makes a copy instead of a fax.
    • Eventually, Alice gets the hang of the VCR, but when Technology Marches On again, she struggles to program her DVR.
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    • She particularly struggles with older forms of tech.
  • Parodied: Alice brings about The End of the World as We Know It by struggling with the fax machine.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice is proficient with some forms of technology, and struggles with others.
  • Averted:
    • Alice knows how to use the fax.
    • Alice doesn't send a fax in-story.
  • Enforced: Acceptable Targets
  • Lampshaded: "You young people don't know anything! How do you expect to get a job if you can't send a simple fax?!"
  • Invoked: Alice, who has never been taught how to fax (due to it being largely obsolete thanks to PDFs and the like), is asked to fax a memo.
  • Exploited: One of Alice's coworkers (or boss) sets her up to fail, so that she'll be fired, or as an excuse to lay her off or not turn her internship into a job.
  • Defied: Alice figures it out, and sends the fax as quickly as she can.
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