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Title: Perceptions of age in contemporary tech
Author: Rosales Climent, Andrea  
Svensson, Jacob
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Malmö University
Keywords: ageism
tech culture
tech workers
Issue Date: 31-Mar-2021
Publisher: Nordicom Review
Citation: Rosales Climent, A. [Andrea] & Svensson, J. [Jacob] (2021). Perceptions of age in contemporary tech. NORDICOM Review, 42(1), 79-91. doi: 10.2478/nor-2021-0021
Project identifier: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/IJCI-2017-32162
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Abstract: This article attends to age stereotypes and ageism in contemporary tech. In academia, little attention has been devoted to this topic. Therefore, we intend to initiate a discussion around ageism in tech by studying perceptions of age in the tech industry. Our study is based on interviews with 18 tech workers around the world of varying age. According to our interviewees, tech workers over 35 are considered old in the tech industry. Older tech workers are expected to become managers, thought to become less interested in new technology, and expected to have more challenges when learning new software. We also look at how tech workers of different age groups experience entrepreneurial values of the company as a playground, staying hungry, and changing the future with technology, and how these values influence their professional careers. We conclude that ageism is reinforced in contemporary tech through several stereotypes related to age.
Language: English
ISSN: 1403-1108MIAR
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